Saturday, April 21, 2007

BN politics of fear, money and violent will repeat in Ijok

If voters want good governance and development all the time and not just during elections, then Ijok voters should support the opposition candidate to exert pressure on the government to perform.

Tens of millions of ringgit in development projects were promised and spent in Machap and Ijok is no exception. RM 36 million of development projects were promised by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Khir Toyo a few days ago.

With 12,272 voters, this vote-buying would come up to nearly RM 3,000 per person. There could be more money in the pipeline as Federal projects have yet to be announced by Works Minister Datuk S. Samy Vellu. Voters are reminded that such generosity from BN is only available during elections.

In Machap BN was caught giving RM 100-200 to voters on polling day for voting BN. If BN can not succeed in buying off voters, then they will resort to other dirty tactics of deception, fear or violence. All these are a complete repeat of what happened during the Machap by-election.

During nomination day for Machap on 3 April, BN leaders and members led by MIC Youth President and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth & Sports, was involved in bloody incidents where two DAP members were assaulted viciously, a Tamil Nanban reporter was threatened and a Makal Osai photograhper was manhandled. To-date no action has been taken by police against the BN leaders responsible and there appears to be a cover-up.

DAP Selangor condemns such violence and the Election Commission for condoning such violence and vote-buying by BN in refusing to take any action under the 1954 Election Offences Act against such wrong-doings.

Voters from other places from Selangor must also join force by demanding the government to be accountable first before they go to fish votes from the people with various election goodies. These issues are:
1. Hindu temples – when Hindu temples in the state are demolished at an alarming rate, that is averagely one temple in three weeks nationwide and averagely one temple in four week in Selangor, there is no public clarification on all allegation of marginalization against minority thrown upon the State Government
2. SJKC Damansara – When is the school to be re-opened when the school has been closed by more than 2000 days?
3. Highway concessionaire agreements – motorists in Selangor are burdened with high petrol price and increasing toll rate. While the government has agreed to declassify all highway concessionaire agreements, why is there still no action to date?

Khir Toyo has been denying claims that the RM 36 million development funds are not election goodies. If that is the case, can Mentri Besar do the same in every state constituency right from today – that he announces the same amount of allocation in each and every state constituency in Selangor, including his own constituency, Sungai Panjang.

If Khir Toyo is sincere to his word, can he order all local councils in Selangor to work 24-7, 24-hour-a-day-7day-a-week, to patch up all the potholes in Selangor or at least in Petaling Jaya? Most of the roads in Petaling Jaya are in deplorable conditions since the last general election, what is urgently required is to get the authority to work as effectively as those in Machap and Ijok.


Observer said...

Fundamental problem to the whole voting game is that those who are voting the other end to exert pressure will always do so, those who don't will probably do the same as before.

If only the voters starts feeling that opposition camp is more than just a "tactical" vote , then the pressure for Gov to perform would be MUCH intense.

LAU WENG SAN said...

it was believed that in any election, the are always fence-sitters.

it is the responsibility of any oposition parties to woo the support of these people.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lau,

I forgot to tell you that the pot-holes of Jalan ss25/2 has been done and the road have been resurfaced sometime back not too long ago. Thxs for your attention and efforts! :)


LAU WENG SAN said...

Dear Darryl,

It's a good news to the neighbourhood.

I just hope that the council can gear up their works in other places.

Weng San

Anonymous said...

I think that the people should play the same game as the BN.
Take their money and development projects but give the votes to the opposition.
That way people who play money politics will feel stupid.
Be that as it may, they will still try they hand again at the next election.
Give them the same medicine!
That's one way of getting money and development and giving the boot to the BN.