Saturday, August 14, 2010

Political Promises & Superficiality

The bid for Putrajaya has heated up. Political parties are starting to make promises, give sugar coated speeches and offer "goodies".

A party which was associated with democracy, reform and good governance has made some very superficial promises. It's party secretary general Lim Guan Eng has instructed his party leaders to explain the 3 promises.

First, he again committed an annual payment of RM1,000 to senior citizens, whom he defines as those aged 60 and above, as part of the government's annual welfare contribution.

He promised the abolishment of the saman ekor, a notorious form of traffic fines, and the practice of blacklisting vehicle owners from renewing their road tax should they fail to pay outstanding summonses.

Lastly, he promised to provide a free Wi-Fi service for the whole of Malaysia.

Most of us, observers and analysts, had expected something more 'solid' and long-term which include the changing our societal values, ethics, public institutions and democratic structure.

We expected the secretary general to speak about decentralisation of federal power, curbing corruption by enhancing the separation of power and check-and-balance mechanism, to arrest the decline of our education quality, to ban race & religious based political parties, to return full democratic rights to the people and to turn Malaysia into a knowledge hub.

If DAP can win federal power through these 3 promises, then I can safely say that we are truly desperate for change. With or without these promises, Malaysians have had enough of the current regime. It is again this strong push factor which will deliver DAP the government, not the 3 promises.

We should be careful of superficial promises. It is not that I do not enjoy free wifi but anything free does not have good maintenance and support service. I am willing to continue paying for a good wifi service BUT I would rather political parties focus on the collective betterment.

Like now, I am facing an agony of a failed modem and Telekom Malaysia's misplaced sense of customer service. TM service centres are only open from 8.30am to 4.30pm from mon to fri. How on earth can the company serve its customers better if it does not consider opening at least on Saturdays?

Is this a making of superficial Malaysian society?

Maybe we need a smarter Third Force. Haris Ibrahim, where are you?


Anonymous said...

Question is PR ready for Government? Has PR indepth discussions on the future directions and steps tobe taken to straighten and move forward Malaysia?

The statement by LGE is very common platform easy adopted by the 3 parties. But as what you mentioned, has PR discuss them and where they stand.

The points raised are very timely and relevant if the march to Putrajaya is on and the intention to be the next government. Otherwise, as future government they will fumble and argue along the way.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, you are not a politician. Guan Eng is.

Do you understand the simple mindset of the semi-illiterates, blue-collared workers, fishermen, farmers, gabbage collector etc?
Issues such as Judicial reform, human rights, media freedom, Bakun Dam? To them these don't ring a bell but bread and butter issues.
You cannot stand on an intellectual platform and sermonize to simple folks on good governance.
You are being too critical.

Anonymous said...

TMPoint opens on Saturdays la..

Anonymous said...

other than promising 'goodies' PR should seriously look at sending a team or teams to Singapore and learn how to govern the country efficiently without corruption.

Anonymous said...

Guan Eng should instead give us voters this promise or committment first ... THAT HIS DAP WILL PROVIDE US, VOTERS, CANDIDATES WITH HIGH INTEGRITY & CAPABILITY WHEN 13GE COMES ALONG.

We dont want the likes of that Perak lady, the Singh chap, Ronnie Liu or Tee Boon Hock etc etc types.

Guan Eng should also re-look some of DAP existing MPs & Aduns as some of them are performing poorly or worst still, conducting themselves unethically.

Weed out the dead beats and bad hats or else, they together with DAP will be shown the door come 13GE.

Anonymous said...

I think it will make stronger impact if Anwar Ibrahim make some affirmative stand of how his policy will be when PR took over the federal govt.Bcos he is envisaged as the potential PM.

Anonymous said...

The three promises alone are not sufficient to send PR to Putrajaya. Surely, the PR election manifestos must have contained more than the three promises.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Errr, do the fishermen, farmers, garbage collectors etc. appreciate the free wifi pledge?

Bread and butter issue? Why not set a minimum wage? Free health care for the poor? Better education quality to educate the children from these illiterate families?

Anon 12.41pm, you are being too lenient. We must set a higher bar for the next govt.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

I went to the one at Kelana Parkview. It has a notice saying that it opens from mon to fri only between 8.30am to 4.30pm.

How la?