Most of us who read this blog (except for BN cybertroopers) do have one thing common - fight the ISA. We support Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's effort to battle it out for us in the parliament.
At a conference last night, he promised to move a private member's Bill to abolish the ISA soon. This move is apt and timely. "Then we will see whether MCA leaders like Ong Tee Keat who spoke out against the ISA would support the Bill and whether Koh Tsu Koon would direct the two Gerakan MPs to support the Bill," he added.
Yes, I too would like to see if MCA, Gerakan and MIC MPs would back the bill and leave partisanship at the side. If not, the leaders of these parties should not even talk about opposing ISA. MIC Sammy Vellu is again 'begging' for Hindraf 5 to be released saying that it will be a great Deepavali present for the Indian community.
I am sure, like me, all of you are sick of his usual bullshit. Samy was the one who linked the movement to the Tamil Tigers. Yes, now you have to beg your big brother for a favour to raise MIC from its coffin. They should not have been detained in the first place.
But I cannot see the logic of Guan Eng's second proposal to acquire Kamunting. A young lady who sat beside me at the forum immediately retorted, "I am sure the government can build another detention camp elsewhere".
Yes, they can and they will do so after pocketing hundreds of million ringgit from the Pakatan 5 state governments.
By acquiring the detention camp, have we achieve our objective to free all detainees? Will RPK, Hindraf 5 and others walk free into the loving arms of their loved ones? NO! You do not need a rocket scientist to tell you the answer.
Guan Eng even committed Penang's limited financial resources to help acquire the land. Although I adore Guan Eng as a friend, let me remind him that there are other effective ways to ensure these detainees are released. He wants the 27 million Malaysians to chip to the funds.
Why don't we MOBILISE our friends, readers and colleagues differently? I HOPE readers of my blog will help to do one thing:
PLEASE HELP TO CONVINCE AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE YOU KNOW TO OPPOSE THE ISA. TELL THEM IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN USE THE ACT ON IMPORTANT GOOD PEOPLE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THIS ACT EVER AGAIN!
Guan Eng should be reminded too that the money is state's money - mine too. Yes, I am a proud Penangite. I will not stop you from using it if it's used for effective and meaningful things.
You should really start to think on how to use our limited financial resources to jump start the local economy. It is important for your administration to prove that you can manage Penang's economy better than the previous government.
The economic frustration will soon rear its ugly head again in Penang. Hence, things like the frustration of the Football Association of Penang (FAP) is not good for the confidence of the people. The football club is almost bankrupt.
A senior FAP council member confirmed yesterday that an emergency meeting would be called soon to discuss Penang football’s dismal state of affairs. It is believed that the planned council meeting will go ahead with or without the presence of Fairus, who is also the state’s Deputy Chief Minister I. The council member said that the president would be asked to step down voluntarily during the emergency meeting, “failing which the rest of the council are ready to seek legal advice to remove him from the position”.
What is Guan Eng going to do about it? Fairus is a big let down.
From now onwards, governing politicians should take cognisance of the socio-economic needs of the people. Political skills alone is not enough to help you survive and win endless elections. If the 8th March general election is not taken as a lesson learned in electoral politics, I am afraid these politicians will never learn at all.
We need to see some concrete plans.