Thursday, February 5, 2009
Dark Clouds over a Silver State
We have finally seen what happens to fragile alliances. Each calculated move, so important, one wrong move could upset the delicate balance in which the alliance holds. In our case, we have 3 moves. Thanks to Jamaluddin, Mohd Osman and Hee Yit Fong...a standing ovation to them for selling their souls away. :) I'm harsh i would say, but i love my state. And I'm always proud of it despite the political mess.
However, I'm deeply saddened by the events that transpired today. I know many of my comrades, young and old from Ipoh, feels the same sentiment. And to know that many others, who are not from Ipoh or Perak, feel the same way, is like a silver lining on an extremely dark cloud.
Why was Nizar asked to give up the MB seat? Under what circumstances?! It's not a no-vote of confidence situation. Why didn't the Monarch call for a dissolution? He had the power to do so, but yet refrain from using it when it mattered most? What power does the EC have in establishing the authenticity of the undated resignation letters?! It's for the court to give a declaration of its validity! The EC is only administrative but it seems they too exercise judicial discretion. If the Assemblymen were forced to sign the resignation letters in the first place, why the heck did they signed it? The fact that signed it would have proved consent in the first place. They couldn't have the best of both worlds, signing the letters knowing full sure that of its contents and its implications and then retrospectively saying that they were forced to do so! Estoppel should be in play in these situations.
After the high I felt in the Kuala Terengganu elections, suddenly this really seems like an all time low. What the rakyat has been fighting for, for years, have now been undermined in less than a day. What else is in store for us come March? I don't know...but i have a feeling dark clouds would be circling around democracy in Malaysia once more. This is just the beginning. Anyway, i will not give up hope for a better Malaysia, and I feel neither should you. Yes we have been cheated today. We may never know the answers to the questions posed, as above. We may have our suspicions and theories. But I hope that when the time has arrived to do the right thing, then the RIGHT THING shall be done.
Today, many people did not heed to do the RIGHT THING and the consequences are dire.
We have seen how shameless people can become. And I hope that neither you nor I will be those people.
It is a sad day....but lets not give up hope...for in times like these, hope is rare and its all we will have. :)