Perilous in Perak

By Sakmongkol AK47 | July 31, 2012
The Malaysian Insider

JULY 31 — Perak has 24 parliamentary seats. In 2008, BN won 13 of those seats. Most of them were won on the slimmest of margins. So the argument goes, the opposition also won on slim margins. The counter argument is, the victory by the opposition was won on the courage of convictions while the victory of BN was won as a result of the erosion of confidence. These are two different things. One won as a result of convictions is hard to slip back while the one won as a result of erosion of convictions is extremely difficult to sustain.

Will the people of Perak forget that during the reign of Zamri, he has given out more land than Nizar did when the latter was MB? Many landless people who were without land titles and who have worked the land got it during Nizar’s stint as MB. What wasn’t told was that more Malays got their titles too during Nizar’s time.

During Umno’s time the grant of land was the hijacked prerogative of Umno divisional heads, Umno reps and merciless pengerusi JKKK. During Zamri’s time, more land was given to companies and cronies rather than people.

The people of Perak have never forgiven the manner in which a government of their choice has been usurped by Umno though extra legal means. Whatever the court says, the general perception was that their government of choice was snatched away from them by dirty means.

The people of Perak are not oblivious to the rampant corruption of BN leaders. The laundry list of corruption is too long to be repeated here and indeed much has been revealed in the alternative media.

Will the Perak people be swayed with the oft-repeated argument that if PR takes over they will do the same things like what Umno/BN does?

If Umno assumes this, they must be thinking that Perak people are dullards and impervious to the injustices and corruption. Umno assumes others are like them who are motivated by predatory instincts. No one can do any worse than Umno does.

People can see that every Pakatan administration has scored better than all other BN administrations on almost every measure. Balancing the budget, achieving budget surpluses, increasing state revenues, carrying out people friendly programmes. They do while Umno talks and talks. Doing and talking BS are like sky and earth.

With an allowance of five per cent regained by Umno and BN, PR should still have seven per cent reserve to win all but two of the parliamentary seats in Perak. —

* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz. He was Pulau Manis assemblyman (2004-2008).

  1. #1 by machiavelli on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 11:11 am

    “janji ditepati?”

    How so? How have we arrived as a nation after 55 years of Merdeka?

    when a house in Klang Valley averages $500K and the starting pay averages $2.5K for a graduate.

    when a Proton Saga starts from $40K

    when bus companies hold the public at ransom by discontinuing routes as they wish.

    when LRT is not cheap

    when overall public transport is still very much lacking.

    when you read in the papers every day of crimes perpetuated on the old and weak.

    when housing estates have more fences and guardhouses.

    when water companies threatened water rationing when the catchment reservoirs are full.

    when the standard of our English is not something we are proud of.

    when we are lagging behind our former peers- S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    when Samsung, Hyundai, LG. Acer are world brands.

    when our football standard and general sporting standards are so pathetic.

    and I don’t even want to talk about corruption, nepotism, cronyism, wastage, dereliction of duties.

    I am 55 and I am tired of seeing this fair country of mine go down the drain.

    I am prepared to make my vote count.

    Bangun Rakyat Malaysia!

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 12:05 pm

    It is said that a nuclear power plant will be built in Perak. That must be a nightmare to many Perakians if the rumor comes true.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 12:55 pm

    Perak remains a State where you can say, Najib using money to buy frogs did work.
    It is a State where governing it with a strong mandate is not given.
    Perakians will be the ultimate losers if they are not strongly united to vote for change.
    It has little to offer and much to lose.
    It’s all up to the voters not allowing razor thin results where politicians can be bought like frogs that please Najib most.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 1:49 pm

    ‘People can see that every Pakatan administration has scored better than all other BN administrations on almost every measure.’

    Kedah is a mess no thanks to a dull, uninspiring weak leadership that has taken it nowhere. It did not seize the opportunity to rule well for the people. Just a lot of mumbo-jumbo there. What a pity. At the rate it is going, only the diehards will continue to support it. BN has sensed an opportunity there. A slight swing and they have got the state.

  5. #5 by waterfrontcoolie on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 5:14 pm

    In the case of Kedah, it is hoped that the think-tank of PAS is being more practical in their policy in getting someone like Nizar. The world has changed much even in the last 20 years and notwithstanding individual’s view, the average Malaysians have more than mere idealistic perspective of their everyday life; they need to bring food and shelter for their family members and mere rhetoric cannot resolve such issues. It is hoped that too great a change is not demanded but a steady gradual change is needed for the survival of the average Malaysians!

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