A Government of the People?

By Hussein Hamid

As the Chinese say may you live in interesting time. And we do, we do – but what will Tunku, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn think of what is now happening to their country, our country?

Are there ‘external forces’ disrupting peace in the country?

Are there anti social elements within the country trying to create fear in the mind of the Rakyat for their own selfish purposes?

Are racial factions with vested interest fighting over petty issues that will disrupt peace and calm and create panic amongst the population in the country?

And yet we seem to have a Government that see it itself to be under threat. And yet our people seem to be on the brink of despair abandoning any hope for a sense of justice, decency and hope in their daily life.

What we have now is a Government of the people but not for the people. We seem to have a government that operates without the need for the system of checks and balances that are fundamental to and demanded of by a modern state that Malaysia proclaims itself to be. We have a government that is very strong but with shaky foundations because it lacks the absolute mandate to govern as it does now and in continuing to do so has abused the trust placed upon it by the people. A government that seems ready to destroy the very foundation of a modern democratic state to save itself – nay its leaders, from losing power. A Government that time and time again abuses the instruments of states for its own selfish purposes. It will be hard to rid us of this abuse of the democratic process in place within our system because the abuse is not within the system but is the system itself. Or to be more exact the guardians of this system.

Now Najib is faced with too many questions that he cannot answer because he can’t. How is he to answer Razak Baginda’s hideous commission from MINDEF for work done? How is he to answer the questions about Altantuya? What is he prepared to do to put Anwar away again? What happened to Kugan? How many times can the Judiciary be manipulated? How many times will the AG take instructions from the PM? Will PDRM continue to allow itself to be used time and time again in return for the Government closing its eyes to their excesses – quid pro quo? How will he placate Mahathir ? ..and now MACC?

In the best of times Najib has not been known to be a Mahathir. In these trying times even Mahathir himself would be hard pressed to mount any decent rear guard action to protect his flank. Najib will be hard pressed to close the chasm that is opening between image and reality. We now have an UMNO that does not want to hear what the Rakyat is saying but instead is involve in a life and death struggle of its own and of its leader Najib. Every criticism is seen as a campaign and a plot by Pakatan Rakyat to outmaneuver them and create subversion that must be neutralized with the use of all arsenal at their disposal – PDRM, MACC and the Judiciary…and let us not forget money, lots of money!!. And yet they know they are vulnerable. The crack has opened up since the last GE – and not for the first time UMNO/Barisan is on the defensive. This time it will be a life and death struggle that will have its nadir at the next General Election.

Let us hope that the democratic foundation put in place by our Tunku, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein will be able to withstand these assaults by the present. If it is not then our country will surely descend into chaos and trouble as ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ …and there are enough good man left who will not do nothing and allow evil to triumph.

  1. #1 by a2a on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 8:45 am

    If we debate and admit this land west Malaysia is ‘TANAH ASLI’.

    Many racist issue will be resolved.

    The equality of all races will practice.

  2. #2 by taiking on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 8:49 am

    Umno is the root of all problems. Yes I agree. Malaysia is one sick country and umno is the virus behind the sickness.

    But frankly umno will sink. It is a matter of time. In fact it will be sooner and not later. I mean just take a look at the number of own goals they have scored so far.

    In other countries (I am not referring to countries like zimbawe etc) any one of those own goals would have caused the government of the day to collapse. Look at UK and the recent MP expenses scandal for example. That one incident alone is enough to shake the labour government in its roots.

    Here in malaysia umno could just go on and on with no concern whatsoever about any possible backfiring or impact upon its power base. And umno was right because umno controls practically everything in the country – from the AG to the police and the judiciary (the chief justice who is an umno politician is a joke).

    So when umno sink the whole country would sink with it. But that is unavoidable for umno is incapable of reforming and changing. They are in fact unwilling to do so. What we hear are mere lip service and what we see are mere deceptive manoeuvres. They made two erroneous assumptions here. First, they thought that they were being clever. Second, they thought that voters are all stupid.

    Are we all that stupid? Throw umno out if we are not at the ballot box.

  3. #3 by DAP man on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 9:11 am

    “…and there are enough good man left who will not do nothing and allow evil to triumph.”

    Who are the good man who can make a difference? I think they are MPs in BN. All they need to do is to act on their conscience and do what they ought to do for the nation’s sake?
    That is to withdraw from the BN and link up with the Opposition.
    They can save this country from lots of misery and misfortune.
    UMNO, PDRM, MACC, AG and the Judiciary are all set to destroy the nation to save their skin. They care a damn about this country.

  4. #4 by Joshua on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 9:25 am

    A government of the people is impossible in the present system and present set up.
    The agitation has been going on since 1997/8 and then exacebated by 8th March 2008 , and now if ever PR come to power by whatever means in a sort of hung Government because of Sabah and Sarawak factors, the nation would be in limbo. Strive would occur as Bn is stil loaded with money that they can buy rottenness.

    so we need an interim govt which I call Interim Government for Good Governance or IGGG as a period of sort of reconciliation, reconstruction in the context of democracy legalistically and naturally.

    The third force is good for the nation when two parties fight meaningless .

    pw:bronzes Maxval2b

  5. #5 by Loh on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 9:49 am

    There are different perceptions between the governed and the governor, the powers-that-be in Bolehland. The people believe that those elected to power in a democratic process have the responsibility to ensure that the democratic system of rule of law should be maintained, and that the government is responsible for the well beings of the population. The powers-that-be considered themselves CEOs of the modern corporations, though owned by the citizens, the profits ought to accrue only to them. As far as they are concerned, the corporations can fail, they are free to formed new corporations, such as migrating to a better place to enjoy their wealth.

    The future of Bolehland lies in the thought of the CEOs. After Mamak Mahathirs has changed this place from a nation to a corporation, we are at the mercy of the CEOs. To divert attention from the lucrative practices, racial issues have been most effectively utilized, and conveniently too, by race-based political entities. It might be true that the people have come close to realizing the evils of racial politics as demonstrated in the recent general elections; that might be why Mahathir is more active in fanning racial sentiments in the Blog now.

  6. #6 by Loh on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 10:17 am

    ///10. Finally the case would be heard. If you win you stand to gain 100 million and the critic cannot bring up the matter anymore because you are now innocent.

    11. But if you lose, then appeal to a higher court. The case remains sub-judice and the issue can’t be brought up.///– Mahathir

    When one sue for compensation for libel and slander, the amount of compensation should be based on the damage to the aggrieve party. For a minister, the damage could be based on a percentage of the earning by the minister in his official earning capacity. Taking Samy Vellu’s as example, his earning as minister at the salary of 30,000 a month and over 30 years, amounts to RM 10.8 million. A Minister has no basis to sue for RM 100 million. Yet in Malaysia, RM 100 million might be the lower bound of what ministers are worth, as since Mahathir’s days they have Midas touch.

  7. #7 by frankyapp on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 10:20 am

    Well Hussein,I think,Tungku,Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn are watching and crying,especially Tun Razak,watching his own beloved son NR deliberately leading Umno/Bn to destroying and tearing and burning the whole country,our country to the ground. Yeah,Hussein,I agreed when you said”people seem to be on the brink of despair,abandoning any hope for a sense of justice,decency and hope in their daily life “. yeah this feeling will remain as long as Umno/Bn is in power. But once this bad regime is down and out,the people would have a new hope to see,true democracy,freedom,justice,decency and a positive aspiration in their daily life. You can count on this,Hussein.

  8. #8 by passerby on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 10:33 am

    They are not a government of the people, for the people and by the people. They are just a bunch of thieves and murderers. Real government don’t kill their own citizens and real government don’t go and steal from the people. Only thieves and murderers do. Just look at those umno youth and they look mean and are like thugs. In fact, they are just thugs!

  9. #9 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 10:57 am

    Everything goes haywire when the ruling party ignore the constitution and take the law into their own hands.

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 11:56 am

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
    Actually, to triumph over evil, BN MPs and state assemblymen just need to do nothing, sweet nothing
    They just have to kick the bucket and they will do the rakyat a great, great favor
    In Perak right now, just two or three BN state assemblymen need to do sweet nothing – pop, vamoose, all good men will cheer
    Keep praying, the power of mass prayers

  11. #11 by SpeakUp on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 12:05 pm

    “…and there are enough good man left who will not do nothing and allow evil to triumph.”

    Hence, the need for PR to buck up and stop the squabbles whether its personality, religious or political differences. Many call what Wee did as TRANSPARENCY, the right to disagree etc. In reality, what people like Wee have done is to crush the dream of 1Nation … 1People … United.

  12. #12 by k1980 on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 12:13 pm

    The meaning of 1malaysia— A Government of the people by umno for najib

  13. #13 by Joshua Tan Kok Hauw on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Umno-led BN is not true in making some minor changes. BN changes for power to rule , take bribes and enriching itself.

    If BN is given a bigger mandate to rule in the next general election, it will return to its old self and reveal its true colours. Federal Constitution will be amended to serve its political purposed.

    Pakatan Rakyat is different, PR commits to what it has promised, PR has been fighting for what it has been fighting for. PR is serious in helping the poor, the robbed,to make Malaysia a better country which is free from graft and just.

  14. #14 by ekompute on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 3:20 pm

    “…but what will Tunku, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn think of what is now happening to their country, our country?”

    I don’t know about Tun Razak… I think he is a racist but as for Tunku, he always lamented that he lived too long when he saw the way Mahathir was running the country. Death, it seems, was a better alternative to him. Hussein Onn was another one who also felt saddened to see the way Mahathir was running the country. Only Mahathir thought himself perfect. I wonder where God will send him to when Mahathir eventually meet Him. I bet it won’t be a nice place.

  15. #15 by SpeakUp on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Tunku so good? Aaaaaah … we better think again too. Not all that good. Learn the reason as to why Singapore was asked to leave. Simple as that.

  16. #16 by Thinking Two on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Rahman Theory will prevail.

  17. #17 by vsp on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 9:11 pm

    UMNO is using all tricks in its arsenal to weaken the Pakatan. Between now and the next General Election, this is a dangerous period. Pakatan must be watchful and not to shoot themselves in the foot again. Najib is using his level best to topple the Pakatan state governments and to grab power and then using all the apparatus of the state to consolidate. Once he has done this and regain his 2/3 majority in Parliament he will swiftly change a number of critical legislation in the Constitution to entrench the position of the Barisan National. This I feel is his overriding obsession now before the next election comes. He will use a lot of charm and money to attain this objective.

    Beware Pakatan, let this be a warning to you not to take things for granted. You are dealing with an evil and dangerous government.

  18. #18 by SpeakUp on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - 11:31 pm

    vsp … its not an obsession. Its about power. PM needs to show he is so so capable, hence the Perak debacle. He was too hasty in Perak so that he can seal his authority for the UMNO gathering.

    Same here, he will get back all the lost states so no one will dare to challenge him. One crazy objective … one that will cause him to do many crazy things … one that can be his downfall too.

  19. #19 by raven77 on Thursday, 30 July 2009 - 12:23 am

    As a country that has descended to such low levels of civility and it just continues to happen is reflective of only one thing…… the lack of courage of it’s peoples..

  20. #20 by SpeakUp on Thursday, 30 July 2009 - 1:36 am

    What is said: No la, its not my problem … don’t la, just focus on making money okay … why bother, its not going to change … none of our concern ok, we will be migrating soon … don’t get involved better okay …

    Later: what? the poor wife was beaten up so badly? … OMG! We never realised that … Actually, we wanted to but …

    Malaysians are selfish … voting for change is easy, but standing up for it, no la … like I say, look at how we litter, that says it all.

  21. #21 by jbozz on Friday, 31 July 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Problem is law is not been properly by legislators as time goes by, to make things worst it is controlled and influenced by politician, rich, tycoon, datuk.

    These old time cronies are getting fatter and greedier, they amassed billions from white elephant projects such as PKFZ, Petronas, and Proton.

    Since the law is drafted in such a way to protect them, the master is always left unpunished and released as a free man.

    Malaysians are selfish the reason is they have too many to worry, the children education, the future, the saving and the family wellfare.

  22. #22 by ekompute on Wednesday, 9 June 2010 - 10:48 am

    QUOTE: “And yet we seem to have a Government that see it itself to be under threat.”

    Oh yes, and they have very valid reasons to feel that. The government is threatened by its own incompetency and excesses, and a growing threat from Pakatan. The series of by-election failures is testimony enough that BN may have to pack its bag in the next general elections and move over to the Opposition chairs in Parliament.

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