Friday, March 27, 2015

Peaceful protest is OK but gatecrashing the PM's daughter's wedding reception is not good?

Malaysians have a lot of legitimate grievances against the Barisan Nasional government, and a peaceful protest/assembly  to express these grievances, discontent, objections or even support is fine. But, if people are going to 'wedding crash' the Prime Minister's daughter's wedding reception, it is not right and it is also not very Malaysian. The daughter should not be punished for the sins of the father or the Barisan Nasional.

Malaysia is a democracy - and the government of the day is the Barisan Nasional government, and our issues must be with this BN government - not focused on Najib, the current Prime Minister.  Sadly, many and even media has 'shifted' the target from the BN government to sitting Prime Minister. 

There was this struggle against Mahathir - well, it fizzled out when there was a change in Prime Minister. Then, there was this opposition to Pak Lah - and again, a change of Prime Minister takes away the sting. Najib may be replaced - and again the struggle becomes weakened - as many will say 'give the new PM a chance'. Are we really just against the PM - or really what we want is something other than BN?

It is the majority of the sitting Members of Parliament that 'chooses' who is to be the Prime Minister, and if the majority loses confidence in any sitting Prime Minister, it is they that can remove and change the Prime Minister > Hence, the one responsible for the messes we are in, and who has the ability to change the PM is the MPs themselves. Are we doing enough to convince our MPs change policies and laws, or even to get rid of 'bad PMs'? 

Wait - at the end of the day, power really lies with the people - yes, the people who choose the MP? But for most people, the question is whether there an alternative - well, the problem now is that many of the candidates who are fielded and win sadly 'fails to shine' as good alternative MPs - every MP can ask about 15 questions every parliamentary session and get answers > well, did our Opposition MPs even ask questions? Did they get any answers? And what was these answers? Why have they not been 'transparent' about this? ...well, there is much that our MPs can do to be better.Why no record of written questions and answers in Malaysian parliament website?

Cabinet - well, members of the Cabinet who oppose to positions taken by the Prime Minister can always openly state their personal objections to the public. Silence would imply agreement. Alternatively, they can always resign the cabinet...and lobby support with the MPs towards a change of Prime Minister. 

Najib cannot be said to be all powerful - the power is in the hands of the MPs to have him removed by reason of 'loss of confidence of the majority'...  The silence or inaction by the MPs would mean that they are OK with what the current Prime Minister is doing....

DAP refuses to gatecrash wedding bash

PKR wants full mobilisation of its members for the Kita Lawan rally tomorrow but DAP is having reservations about gatecrashing the wedding reception of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's daughter.

When contacted, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke admitted this.

As such, he said the party has not instructed its members to join the protest tomorrow, which is to press for the release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

"There is no instruction to join," Loke told Malaysiakini but added that there was no directive prohibiting DAP members from participating either.

However, with this decision, it is expected that most DAP top leaders would be absent from the protest.

Protesters would gather at three locations, namely Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka and the PAS headquarters before marching to the Sogo shopping mall and subsequently to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) at 4pm.

Najib's daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib and her husband, Kazakhstan national Daniyar Kessikbayev, would be holding their wedding reception at KLCC tomorrow.

Yesterday, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli ordered the mobilisation of all party members to join the rally tomorrow.

Aside from demanding for Anwar's release and protesting the police crackdown on dissent, the rally tomorrow would also focus on the upcoming goods and services tax (GST) and the debt-riddled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Following the directive to participate in the rally, Rafizi today was arrested by the police at his service centre for sedition. - Malaysiakini, 27/3/2015

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