Mar 8, 2009

Unlearnt Lessons (March 8 Anniversary)


What evidence are there in the past one year, the message of the March 8 "political tsunami" has been fully heard and understood by the Barisan Nasional government? What we have are rhetoric but precious little action and results. What proactive actions have the government taken to forge greater unity among Malaysians from diverse races, languages, cultures, religions and territories? And what they have done to deliver better democracies to the people?

The post-general election claim by the Prime Minister that he has finally heard the voice of the people is not true at all. This is best reflected by the back door wrest of the Perak state government from Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, Pakatan Rakyat becomes stronger and more consolidated since the incident took place.

The next illustration proved that past one year were lost year in national healing were some racial slurs in parliament, schools (teachers) and public. From Ahmad Ismail, Cikgu Rushita, Pasir Salak MP to the Gunung Rapat ADUN (Hamidah Osman). The most irritating part was when the Gunung Rapat ADUN was “awarded” as EXCO in the form of new Perak “back door government” under Barisan Nasional administration.

The use of Internal Security Act (ISA) against bloggers, social activist and journalists showed evidence that Barisan Nasional yet to reform their mindset to deliver better democracies. Some detainees even denied proper medical treatment (HINDRAF lawyer, Mr Uthayakumar case).

Barisan Nasional has not learnt the lessons of the March 8 2008 "political tsunami" since its still able to survive the political tsunami in the March general election. From the lost in the by Elections (Permatang Pauh to Kuala Terengganu), and I guess there are few more to come in next month (Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang and Batang Ai). May be it will learn all only after much more massive defeats in the future.

Barisan Nasional still bravely maintaining its irrelevant policies and systems although their credibility to rule disappearing by the day!