Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NFC allows the opposition to feed a lot


Focus is wanting, or focus in one thing that the opposition lawmakers and their supporters lack.

Now that they have managed to exploit the issue pertaining to the controversial national cattle farming project (The National Feedlot Centre, NFC) to the hilt, round two sees them foaming at the mouth just because the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and the Public Accounts Committee have decided to probe the matter.

The earlier denials by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Dato' Mohd Noh Omar did not help, and neither did it stop some Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers from joining in the calls for action to be taken.

Action is being taken by the authorities, but action in this sense must be taken according to procedure. The seemingly uncivilised herd mentality that has affected the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers and their cohorts, has made their consistent calls for government accountability, reformasi and democracy (their version of it, whatever it is) seem all, but worthless.

It is all about politics exploited and skewed. Where everything goes and where the tiniest of blemish is magnified into a mountain of worries and do or die matter. This stance applies to both sides of the political divide in Malaysian politics, but even more on the part of the federal opposition as demonstrated in the Bersih 2.0 fiasco, the Lynas issue in Gebeng, Kuantan, the nonsensical harping on a diamond ring and much more.

It is overkill for PR, just when they were already riding high following the 2008 coup of sorts, denying the BN the much-coveted two thirds majority in parliament.

There is no finesse or intellectuality in their loud diatribes against whatever wrong, clear or present on the part of the long-holding power of the BN. Such a waste when issues that have been properly dissected, leaving avenues for enlightening engagement with the other side are being jeopardised and clouded by uncultured and untutored spinmeisters who call themselves champions of their cause in the cyber world.

The barrage of nonsense and sensational ‘revelations’ by these spinmeisters often confuse the public, turning them off from the grandstand of local politics, and leaving the arena to be even more bloody.

There has to be an end to all these for the sake of Malaysia. The rakyat have become smarter and at the same time more gullible, too. So, that is why the opposition find it so easy to stir up anger and sentiments for issues that they champion.

Why, in this respect, even the congregation of pro-government/BN social media players who have been given recognition as cyber warriors to right the wrong perspectives of government policies is seen as something dirty. The detractors – the opposition no less, seem blind to their own lot where they have legions of cyber bandits, cyber snipers and cyber idiots manning their forts in the ether.

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