Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Selangor: defeat the thieves, bring in the robbers



In the build-up to the 12th General Election in 2008, the rakyat was said to have been fed with colourful tales of ‘going ons’ in the government of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah),  and by extension his once controversial son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin.
It all started with the so-called ‘fourth floor boys’ who were said to have controlled the nation’s treasure trove.

With rumours and allegations being spinned to the max, the opposition found their canvas well-prepared to be colourfully painted.

The situation almost reached crisis point when fingers pointed to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad from the ranks of UMNO stalwarts, who wanted to be in Pak Lah’s good books. They wanted to be heroes in the eyes of the man.

Such audacity. Such ruthlessness readily helped in the unthinkable happening when BN lost five states, including the ‘jewel in the crown’, Selangor.

Turncoats or traitors? Whatever you may call them, the result was to push fence sitters, including even many UMNO members to vote for the opposition – an act which they branded as a protest.

And with that, Pakatan Rakyat had it all cut out for them. The government of Selangor under the leadership of Datuk Seri Dr, Mohamed Khir Toyo was immediately replaced by BN’s own foes in the opposition pact.

Going by what the victors lauded, it was a victory that saw the plunderers of what the people’s toppled.
By right such a success should have brought about better things for the people, but this was not to be as the years dragged on post 2008.

Scandals, empty promises, missteps, and greed soon painted a totally different picture of the once honourable saviours of the state of Selangor.

The five years they rule the state have indeed been infamous with reason after reason concocted to cover their misdeeds.

“From the frying pan into the fire,” that’s how it is.

The government helmed by Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is a mere cover that is controlled by the disparate puppet masters within the DAP, who are more keen to please the Chinese voters.

From garbage disposal to water issues – they only see attractive opportunities for them to play up while the cavernous and hungry pockets of cronies beg to be filled at the expense of the rakyat.

They say Khalid love be challenged in courts, as this would conveniently provide opportunities to cronies within the folds of the legal fraternity, who are pro opposition.

The raucous legal play moved the ground from the once explosive issues of illegal sand mining to the chess play with land owned by the Malays.

Their adroit sleight of hands soon found the lands being positioned in Malay unfriendly terms, with exorbitant costs of properties that hardly any Malay could afford.

This is the case with the Datum Jelatek project, which surely is designed to be meant for elite non-Malays.
Is this yet another example of the benevolence of Pakatan Rakyat, which PAS finds it convenient to support?
What can the conclusion be but just a replay of what happened in 2008?

Its time to reposition the table and undo the misguided anger of fiver years ago.

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