Yes, I have criticised a PR government in Penang. It might have ruffled some feathers. But, who said criticism is mainly reserved for the BN? This is the peril of being in government. Any political party wishes to govern must be willing to subject itself to public scrutiny.
Not all criticisms are destructive if taken in a positive light. Yes, the DAP did not have 51 years. Some said it should be given at least 10 years to prove its worth to restore the damage done by BN. Can anyone point out which damage needs another 10 years to fix?
The fact is any political party would welcome a longer period to stay in power. Our concern is not to ensure how long a party should stay in power but how well it is able to govern. Without a serious re-look at Penang's economic model, transportation system, public security, flood mitigation system and others, can we possibly last another 10 years and still boast of being a truly international city?
Any administration if does not get its bearing right during the first 12 months will lose its focus. That is why Obama was grilled barely two days after his unofficial victory for his decision on some appointments. If we want this government to last and to become an enduring model of good governance, it is our duty to ensure it stays on track.
Many of you claim that this government lacks experience and it is too early to judge its performance. My earlier article was not meant to measure its performance but to act as a sounding board to help the government reconsider some of its decisions. The fact that his team lacks experience makes it even more pertinent for us to keep them on their toes.
I criticize because I want the DAP to do well. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has set the ground work for his CAT government. By promoting competency, accountability and transparency, it is time for him to look at other socio-economic issues. I know and appreciate his sincerity. He told me he wanted to ensure Penang succeed at the very beginning of his administration.
It is this commitment of his that I told him I will act as both his critic and friend to ensure he delivers what he has promised.
Those of you who tried to link me to my ex-Sedar days and resort to personal attacks have missed the point. You have missed by a great length. A society which cannot tolerate and debate issues are bound to be bankrupt of ideas.
What is so different between you and several UMNO lackeys who occasionally post disgusting personal and racist comments on my blog?
If Guan Eng tells me personally that he does not appreciate my comments, I will stop discussing his government. The loss is not mine.
The fact he and his supporters like you will have to live with is the DAP does not have 10 years.
I want to see him be given more time. Not by going out of the way to justify his inadequacies but by giving him a hard time to perform his optimal best. Moreover, giving him my full support and help when needed like helping to promote Penang's heritage and cultural diversity.
If you abhor BN rule, then say and do something constructive.