They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
Oh, I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied
They said someday you'll find
All who love are blind
Oh, when your heart's on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes
- The Platters
In Malaysiakini Early elections if Pakatan takes over we are told that “some experts believe it may be even less ethical for MPs to stick with the same party if their constituents no longer supported the party's agenda or politics.”
And who are those ‘experts’?
Well, apparently one of them as reported by Malaysiakini appears to be Ramon Navaratnam, chairman of Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute.
He stated: "I don't think it is a pure question of just ethics as to whether to serve wrongly in the same party or to cross over to another party to serve the country and the people better."
"Moving over to another political party out of good conscience and with the ‘niat' (intention) to serve better should in fact be welcomed if the majority constituents generally support the move because of disenchantment they have with the political party they had voted for. The peoples' welfare should be paramount and not that of self serving political parties."
I see the Tan Sri tap-dancing around with his statement. But let’s examine his advice more closely. The crux of his statement lies in “… if the majority constituents generally support the move …”
Now, the burning question for all is: just where’s the proof of that?
If I recall, it was just a mere 6 months ago when Malaysia had its general election. Wouldn’t a general election in a democracy be the instrument by which the nation measures which party enjoys the majority support?
... or perhaps Yes?
Stop mumbling and shifting your feet!
Yes, those who have been most vocal about democracy and due process have suddenly become mute – parties like the Bar Council, that bloke Param who’s always criticising Dr M, the USA, Aliran, and most of all the Pakatan Rakyat, and disappointingly for me, the DAP.
Even Karpal Singh, Lion of Gelugor has become silent. Maybe his mouth is full of chapati, and yes, his mum did tell him not to speak when his mouth is full.
It’s just amazing and disgusting at the same time, that one snake oil salesman, who had shown his devious subversion of the ballot box before in Sabah in 1994, has managed to stupefy, mesmerize and proselytize all these paragons of democracy into becoming silent supporters of his subversion again.
Indeed, c'mon, prove to us that “… the majority constituents generally support the move …”!
Meanwhile, in another worrying area (regarding democracy), the Armed Forces Chief after his monumental intrusive (into civilian affairs) blunder, which I blogged in Someone's gonna use a sledgehammer?, continues to be defiant.
Malaysiakini in Army chief defends 'stern action' call General Abdul Aziz Zainal defended his
This man doesn’t seem to realize his unforgiveable faux pas in breaching military ethics, professionalism and protocol by meddling with civilian affairs.
I deplore this sort of senior military officer who obviously fails to realize that, while he wears uniform and commands armed personnel, his role does not extend to involvement in civil matters that lie in the jurisdiction of politicians and the police. RMC has gone to sh*t. But worse, such a military bloke poses a real danger to democracy.
And while I suspect the Defence Minister of being behind this unprecedented (hey, Malaysiakini, the general's utterance is bloody not 'rare', it's 'unprecedented' lah, got it?) military illegal intrusion, we have the so-called great Reformer commending the general for his timely warning – sheeesh, sh*t and shades of Suharto!
I also note we have zillions of Malaysiakini readers condemning not only Ahmad Ismail (and rightfully so) but also AAB , who had suspended Ahmad Ismail from UMNO for 3 years, for not doing enough (in this case, debatable).
Yet, I have NOT heard one single beep from the same people for Anwar Ibrahim’s non-action against the Kulim Wonder – Mengapa tu? Takut kurang sebuah kerusi, atau tidak berani menyinggung perasaan heartland?
And it also took him a damn eternity to condemn Ahmad Ismail! Keeping an eye on the UMNO constituencies?
I am disappointed that erstwhile clear thinking people have become so muddle-headed and blind to Anwar’s undemocratic bull that they have even allowed him to get away with shameless declarations that he would be prepared to chase the potential frogs to Taiwan.
I cringe at the very thought of this so-called alternate PM who has obviously abandoned all forms of propriety and decorum in his burning rage to get his old position of power back.
The torment and impatience of Anwar Ibrahim