Since a revealation in Hannah Yeoh’s (Selangor’s MP) blog about the setting up of a agency to bring down the Selangor State Government there has been loud complaints from the Opposition side matched with deafening silence from the BN side(a report below is another write up from the internet). This bring to the fore the degeneration of the supposedly `neutral’ civil service and the abuse of public fund which is not supposed to target any political group on a partisan basis. So there are 2 types of politicisation of our civil service which can be identified now: government departments which are abused for party campaign eg education department, police, local governments etc. The worse type are the agencies which are charged with partisan indoctrination/campaigning eg Biro Tata Negara, and also the so called `people centric’ committee formed to bring down a state government. They rightly belong to the UMNO’s campaigning function/political action committees. But being in power for so long make UMNO feel that the government departments/agencies belong to them and therefore can be tasked to do party work! Now where does SPR sit in this categories? If SPR involved in partisan campaigning then it has become part of the abused agencies, for sure. SPR definitely has something to answer to the tax payers and the public on this!
The new role of the SPR
MARCH 24 – Heard about the new role being played by the SPR in Selangor?
They have now become part of a committee formed under the PM’s Department responsible for the implementation of a program called ‘people centric’.
This programme has, as its objective, the upliftment of BN’s image in the eyes of the public and the battering of the image of the PR.
This is then to lead to the defeat of the PR government in Selangor in the next General Election. The activities which are being planned in relation to this program is to be financed by Federal funds!
If this does not constitute misuse of public funds, I do not know what does!
When the Minister in charge of the ICU (Implementation Coordination Unit) under the PMs department, being the unit responsible for the implementation of this programme, was queried about the matter in the Parliament, he refused to respond. He neither denied nor acknowledged the allegation nor was he the least embarrassed about its disclosure.
In fact, there were those from the BN who even responded by asking, “What is wrong with it?”
When such blatant misuse of power happens and is then defended, one wonders if the BN members of Parliament have any understanding what a Democracy is all about. It would come as no surprise if the answer to that question is a straight forward ‘no’.
They have no understanding nor any respect for the system and will be willing to stifle or cripple the system in order for them to survive.
In the Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, I was told, a BN ADUN responded by saying, “What’s the problem? You have been surpressed all this while before and you still won.
So, surely now, while in power, you can face this challenge with no problems”. Talk about dumb.
There were other BN MPs who simply asked out loud, “where did you get that document? Pass it to me. You should be charged under the OSA!” Yes, the OSA. Another act to protect and cover their misuse of power.
The SPR being the independent Commission responsible for a fair election cannot be a party to such a program.
The fact that it sits in the committee which works for the down fall of the PR government in Selangor only adds legitimacy to the fear that the next General Election will be the most crooked in Malaysian history. As if it was not bad enough already!
This means that there will be no short cuts to victory next time around. In 2008 the BN was complacent. They never realised the mood of the rakyat and they allowed for a semi-tainted election process.
This time around they are completely aware of their poor chances and the need for a completely tainted election process. Nothing short of an over whelming support from the rakyat will nullify and neutralise the dirty tactics which they will have in store for us.
That is why we have to work hard. Harder than ever before. Harder than when we were in the opposition. As the cards are stacked against us and the dices doctored,
I estimate that nothing less than a clear 60 per cent voter support will be able to see us through this time around.
The BN will have at least a 10 per cent advantage from the word go.
An advantage due to the phantom voters or ‘pengundi hantu’ who will be registered as legitimate voters, compliments of the SPR.
A fitting strategy for a dying political entity.