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Friday, August 1, 2008

Anwar at Permatang Pauh

The announcement was made yesterday that Dr. Wan Azizah, the opposition leader has tendered her resignation as a Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat, her husband, Anwar’s stronghold. With her resignation, the seat is now considered “vacant”. It is for the Dewan Rakyat speaker to declare that the seat is vacant and until and unless the Speaker makes the declaration and inform the Election Commission of the vacancy, no by-election will be held. It has to be understood that when a seat is vacant, a by-election is not a must. It all depends on the situation and circumstances at that time. For example when Dr. Chua Soi Lek announced his decision to quit all party’s and government’s posts as well as his Parliamentary seat early this year following the DVD sex scandal involving him, there was no by-election held (though the seat was declared vacant) because there was no more Parliament sitting at that point of time. Further, the general election was just around the corner. But in Permatang Pauh’s case, I truly believe that a by-election will and should be called.
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/2/nation/20080102155121&sec=nation
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Having said that, though the announcement was made yesterday, much have been said about it. As expected, while positive remarks came from Pakatan Rakyat leaders, the Barisan Nasional leaders made fun of it with Noh Omar said that Anwar tidak jantan (not gentleman) for contesting in his stronghold area, Permatang Pauh.
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People had started talking about a by-election to give way for Anwar to return to Parliament even before the recent general election. At first, I was of the opinion that it is not proper, though legal, for Anwar to make a come back to Parliament through the “back door”. I mean, during election, the voters had made their choice and they have put their trust to their elected representative to fight and care for them. So, if any of the PKR MP resigns to give way to Anwar, I felt like they betrayed the trust that the voters had in them. In other words, they do not respect the voters’ decision.
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However, close to five months after the general election, I do not see much change in the way Barisan Nasional leads the country. Even their elected representatives are still arrogant. I do not think that Barisan Nasional learnt their lesson after the general election, though they claimed they did (I don’t believe that). Despite si Bedol’s many blunders and flip flopping decisions and policies, the Barisan Nasional and only the Barisan Nasional leaders still have confidence in si Bedol. The Barisan Nasional leaders’ move to continue to give the undivided support to si Bedol is actually does not help us in any way. I think they make things from bad to worst. They failed to listen to the wish of the rakyat. They chose to turn deaf their ears and blind their eyes. As much as it is the people’s power to decide on which party should run the administration of the country, the people can’t do much in term of who should be the Prime Minister. It is the Barisan Nasional leaders who can decide but they dare not to make such a move as I think they care about themselves more than they care for us, the rakyat.
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Having said that, I am now thinking that if a by-election in Permatang Pauh can bring a change for betterment, why not? Though as I said earlier that while it is legally right, it is morally wrong for Anwar to do so, with what has happened for the past five months in the country, I am now for a by-election to be held if this is the only way we can have change for betterment.
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p/s: now that the authorities have found out that there was no eveidence of sabotage on the use of the indelible ink, I think the EC should seriously consider using the indelible ink for the first time.

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