24-Day Countdown to 13GE – Malaysians deserve a Cabinet and a Government which is not a laughing stock of the world because of the frequency of stupid statements and foolish acts by Ministers

I believe we are entering the final week when the 12th Parliament will at last be dissolved to pave the way for the holding of the long-awaited and much-postponed 13th General Elections next month.

This explains why UMNO/Barisan Nasional leaders are getting more and more panicky, with some even making hysterical statements, under the intense pressure of the impending 13GE, which cannot be postponed much further after the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had put the country on an election campaign footing for close to four long years and breaching the five-year natural life of Parliament – and now just a week ahead of the automatic dissolution of the Negri Sembilan State Assembly on March 26!

Najib has said he wants Malaysia to become the world’s best democracy. Then Najib and Umno/BN leaders must first learn to accept Lesson One of the most basic prerequisites of a functioning normal democracy, i.e. to accept that their power in government is not a divine right but a trust granted by the people once every four or five years to be withdrawn or renewed in every general elections.

Up to now Najib and all the Umno/BN leaders have been conspicuously silent on what would be very routine and matter-of-fact in developed democracies all over the world – that they will submit to the verdict of the electorate in the impending general elections and if they lose the mandate to continue as the Federal government for the first time in 56 years, they would peacefully and democratically ensure a peaceful transition of power from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat and they would all serve the role of a loyal Opposition in Parliament as the DAP had done in the past 47 years since the formation of DAP in 1966.

Are the Umno/BN leaders, including Najib, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hashim prepared to declare what would be so common-place and matter-of-fact in mature democracies – that they would respect the choice of the Malaysian electorate in the impending 13GE, including the mandate for a new Pakatan Rakyat Government and Prime Minister after 13GE?

There are examples galore of the stupid statements and foolish acts by Umno/BN leaders in recent days, all the way to the Prime Minister.

For instance, last Friday, Najib waxed eloquent in Tanah Merah, Kelantan about the “seven major sins” of the Opposition, which are lies and falsehoods in blatant violation of the Transparency International-Malaysia “Election Integrity Pledge” which he signed with such fanfare last month.

For instance, it is a downright lie for Najib to allege that the Kelantan PAS government had granted 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of land to two DAP Perak leaders, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and Nga Kor Ming, clearing the jungle in Lojing with the rhetorical question: “They give land to the DAP leaders but do the Kelantan people get any?”

This is downright unethical and irresponsible, a violation of the Election Integrity Pledge which Najib signed so solemnly last month, as the Prime Minister know better than anybody else that the 10,000 acres of land in Lojing were alienated by the Kelantan State Government to a company 13 years ago in 2,000, even before Ngeh and Nga were elected as MPs and State Assemblymen in the 2008 general elections.

If we want to dwell on the “major sins of Najib”, I don’t think seven would be adequate, even 7 times 7 would not be able to recount Najib’s “major sins” – may be, it will need to be 7 times 7 times 7!

Does Najib want the run-up to the 13GE be a competition as whether the Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat leaders have a longer list of “major sins”?

I am prepared to accommodate Najib, provided he says “yes”!

Today, Deputy Minister and UMNO Youth Deputy Chief, Razali Ibrahim, provided another example of stupid statements from Umno/BN leaders when he alleged that the “DAP’s ambition” to contest 15 out of 26 Parliamentary seats in Johore in the 13GE is proof of its domineering attitude in Pakatan Rakyat over its partners PAS and PKR.

I never said DAP wanted to contest in 15 Parliamentary seats in Johore. What I said is that Pakatan Rakyat comprising DAP, PKR and PAS must target 15 parliamentary seats with the objective of winning over one-third of the 26 parliamentary seats in the state, i.e. over nine or preferably twelve and above parliamentary seats to provide the necessary numbers for PR to succeed in the journey to Putrajaya.

I am not surprised that Umno/BN Ministers and deputy Ministers have proved to be “favourites” in making stupid statements and responsible for foolish acts.

This is one reason why there should be UBAH in the 13GE as there should be better calibre and more principled people in Cabinet as Malaysians deserve a Cabinet and a Government which is not a laughing stock of the world because of the frequency of stupid statements and foolish acts by Ministers.

  1. #1 by Loh on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 2:39 pm

    ///As for the undersea tunnel, it has been suggested that it will further ease the trans-channel traffic. But this blithely ignores the fact that this will result in more motorised traffic on the island and create more congestion on the island’s roads. The new roads can only afford temporary relief to this situation. What is often overlooked is that the island too has a limited carrying capacity at any given time and no consideration is given to this fact.///–S.M Mohamed Idris http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/abort-tunnel-vision-s.m.-mohamed-idris/

    The above statement also ignores the fact that the tunnel carries vehicles away from the island onto the mainland, and hence it needs create more congestion. At the moment all vehicles going across to the mainland has to travel to the two bridges both at the east coast of the island. With the tunnel vehicles bound for the mainland need not add jams to the tow bridges.

    ///Moreover, if the concern is to alleviate the cross-channel traffic, the fact is that the second Penang Bridge is not even operational yet. Given that its impact on traffic is yet to be seen, one wonders why the chief minister is in such haste to push through the construction of an undersea tunnel which is beset with risks and adverse effects.///–Mohamed Idris

    The tunnel will only go on if it clears environmental impact regulations. What adverse effects are there to stop the project before the study?

    ///The terms under which the project has been agreed to are also controversial. Apart from receiving a 30 year concession period, the developers will also benefit from 110 acres of reclaimed land as payment. This land will appreciate tremendously in value in the coming years. Penang folks will not benefit from this added value but the developers will, many times over their initial cost of construction.///–Mohamed Idris

    That is a business deal and unless there is a win-win situation, the contract would be unequal. Who would invest if there is no appreciation in the value of land?

    Gurney Drive is at the northern end of the Penang Island. So long as there is sea frontage, more land acreage can be added to Penang. Indeed claiming land northwards would not narrow the sea between Penang and the island. It is technically possible to reclaim land all the way north, towards Pulau Langkawi. It is a good thing that the developers did not argue that land in Penang can grow and did not accept the 110 acres of reclaimed land as payment.

  2. #2 by Loh on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 2:44 pm

    hence it needs NOT create more congestion.
    the sea between Butterworth and Penang.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 3:14 pm

    It angers me to no end that Najib has not guaranteed a peace post-GE simply because HE IS ABOUT TO LOSE HIS JOB? There is no reason for him anymore to fight for a dirty GE – UMNO/BN cannot keep him as PM post-GE – Even Mahathir with everything he has cannot help him. The evidence of the Altantuya-Scorpene is too much already. He is guilty of breaking at least several law – obstruction of justice, conspiracy to cover a murder is the minimum but only and idiot would believe he is not a party to fraud and clearly he is corrupted with Scorpene.

    Why is he hesitating about doing the one decent thing that everyone of us who are patriots of this country would not hesitate to do? THE MAN IS SIMPLY INDECENT and likely, he may not think it, guilty of TREASON because it is clear treason was done under his watch and knowledge and hence a party to..

    No way Najib can keep his office and hence his promises means absolutely nothing..And yet he is going on as if nothing will change and completely oblivious that its his last chance to do something decent and patriotic. Why in god did he got into politics and took the job as PM in the first place?

    Its simply shocking..

  4. #4 by Winston on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Changing governments by way of GE is a very natural process.
    The only reason why the ruling party is in such a dither is that its the top hierarchy, both past and present, is too steep in shit!!!!
    Once they are dropped from the government, they will have to face the wrath of the electorate!
    And that’s what it should be!!
    The only way to stop crime is to make it a non-paying proposition!!!

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 6:20 pm

    Was he talking abt 7 sins or 72 virgins (not d type owned by R Branson)
    What 2 do? He n his village idiots fr UmnoB/BN

  6. #6 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Laughing stock PM.

    Not to forget a PM in panic dishing out peanuts and bananas to all and sundry as if we are all brainless monkees.

    Mr. PM, Sir, even monkees have brains and we will take yor peanuts and bananas but not shake your contaminated hands or give you our votes.

  7. #7 by monsterball on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Countdown started at 100 days….and now….24 days left.
    Countdown usually starts at 10…9….8…7….6..5..4..3…2…1…FIRE ON!!…
    In Malaysia…it starts at 100 as under Umno b govt….very slow…tidak apa attitudes..to delay 5 years for the countdown….and so 100 days to FIRE ON…to PutraJaya….shows how much patience and tolerance Malaysians has…warding off so many obstructions along the smooth countdown process.

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Its time we start calling Najib soon-to-be ex-PM and with him many of the current Cabinet Ministers will also be dropped or the entire Cabinet itself..

  9. #9 by tuahpekkong on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Perhaps the Opposition should challenge the BN to a televised debate, much like the US’s Democratic Party and Republican Party’s presidential candidates live debate. The BN should be brave enough to take up this challenge. They will then have the golden opportunity to enumerate the Opposition’s seven major sins and at the same time allow the Opposition a chance to rebut.

  10. #10 by SENGLANG on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 9:16 pm

    WE see un precedent in using the national tv advertisements space allocated only for pro BN GE advertisements. I have recently received pre recorded yakin BN Yakinkan selangor voices message by my h/p. BN leaders are just losing thier brain facing the coming GE.
    But many are just ready and it is golden time for change and the cahange must come for a better future

  11. #11 by tak tahan on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 9:23 pm

    As expected there’d be no debate least fighting one to one like jantan cause no free buah rambutan donored by cintanegara due to low season.chengho might be the right and replaced candidate..he can talk and talk till the condo-cows come home

  12. #12 by the reds on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Malaysia is known for having had stupid ministers – not surprising at all!

  13. #13 by yhsiew on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Another foolish speech:

    Don’t blame BN for Sabah invasion, says Ali Rustam

  14. #14 by chengho on Monday, 18 March 2013 - 10:47 pm

    count down ABCD another 24days
    Vote MCA/BN , vote for Malaysia

  15. #15 by monsterball on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 12:43 am

    “Dream… dream …dream
    All I have to do is dream….eeeennnnnnn” …Every Brothers.
    Dedicated to Chengho….like Rip Van Winkle….keep sleeping and dreaming.

  16. #16 by monsterball on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 12:50 am

    Compare his comments in previous post to this…I tell you ….something wrong with Chengho’s brain.
    He should never drive…changing his mind at a wink of an eye.

  17. #17 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 1:17 am

    PornoSnake makes sure his tilam kuih talam boy is not a candidate in Gelang Patah, nanti patah all

  18. #18 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 2:10 am

    Hope PR capture Johor n P’jaya – then can review d most ridiculous building (CIQ) in JB, improve it; perhaps build another entry point (fr Sg) in2 JB at d previous site so dat cars fr Sg hv two entries in2 JB (good 4 drivers n good 4 JB traders)

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