Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Permatang Pauh:- Is PR government just as discriminatory as BN? PRM - 'a check and balance'?

Ismail Sabri inadvertently disclosed discrimination practiced by the Barisan Nasional Federal government  - Remember that he was speaking as Minister - and he was talking about Government Funds. Now, government funds is NOT the Barisan Nasional's money but the peoples' money - WANG RAKYAT. And, government funds are not allocated to an area because a 'friend' requested - that is the wrong criteria - one may be even call it an abuse of the trust of the people. See also:- If Permatang Pauh is worse off than areas, then it is the BN government's fault not the MP?

Now, Ismail Sabri also raises an important point, i.e. that the Pakatan Rakyat government also practices similar discrimination. Do they?

Is Pakatan Rakyat propagating the same bad BN culture and practices...ADUN/MP - people relationship, ...

Pakatan Rakyat must do things differently from BN or else...

BN ADUNs should also get RM500,000 from Selangor Government. End discrimination - respect people's democratic choice

State governments also have to act indiscriminately - Federal Government may propose development in some States but then the State have a right to object if the proposed development is really not for areas that deserve it - or it is inconsistent with State development plans. So, the example that Ismail Sabri is giving about proposed 'Pasar tani' and 'low cost housing' really need to be looked at more - What really was the reasons for the State's objections?

Like the BN government, it was sad to realize that Pakatan Rakyat also practices the 'WHIP' - MPs, ADUNs and even Local Councillors of Pakatan Rakyat are expected to vote as directed by the party whips. Shocking - true democracy means that these 'peoples' reps' must be free to vote according to their conscience and principles - not be 'mindless voting machines'. 

If an objection is valid, accept and consider, even if your party leaders disagree with you. [The use of 'party whips' must be a rare - only used in situations that are most dire - usually for Financial Bills, etc - in all other cases, let peoples' representatives vote freely]. 

It was also sad that when the Bill to amend the Sedition Act was being voted on in Parliament, PR somehow did not call for votes to be taken as they did when the POTA was tabled - why? [Have a look at the Hansard of the two sessions, and you will see. When votes are taken, the individual MP is forced to vote yes, no or abstain, and we will all know exactly how many voted in favour and how many objected.]

For Permatang Pauh, people there will have an option - do we need a 'third force' - There is a Party Rakyat Malaysia(PRM) candidate standing there - and he talks about being just that:-

The 50 year-old businessman Azman Shah Othman said, Malaysians could be in dire need of a representative that could act as the 'check and balance' to both BN and Pakatan Rakyat, an aspiration that he was keen to achieve.

"BN is a federal government while DAP is a component of the opposition pact that is the Penang state government... here PRM wants to play a role.

"We want to have a check and balance. And if there is something that is not right or not beneficial (their policies or programmes), we will come forward," he told a press conference in Permatang Pauh today.
PRM: Let Ptmg Pauh be third force in Parliament

May 4, 2015 MYT 3:04:23 PM

Permatang Pauh by-election: Ismail Sabri defends statement over allocations

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri (pic) has justified his much-criticised statement over allocation of Government funds, saying that it is easier for him to aid BN representatives in obtaining funding for any particular constituency compared to those from the Opposition.

"I know Suhaimi (Sabudin) personally and it is easier that we are from the same party. No one from the Opposition has come to ask me for allocations for their constituency," he said in a Facebook posting Monday.

Several online portals had reported that the Agriculture and Agro-Based Minister said he would not approve any development funds or allocations for Permatang Pauh - an area highly dependent on agriculture - if PKR candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won the by-election on May 7.

Ismail Sabri made the statement while giving a speech during campaigning for the Parmatang Pauh by-election on May 1.

He also said that he was saddened that some Barisan National component parties had chosen to attack him instead of the Opposition.

"It is disheartening to also see Umno supporters attacking me on social media," he said.

Ismail said the Opposition also discriminated along political lines, as proven by the fact that the DAP-led Penang government had rejected several development proposals by the Federal Government to build low-cost houses and Pasar Tani (farmers' market) in the area.

"Is DAP fair and approve allocation requests from Umno reps? Do Umno-led constituencies get fair treatment? The answer is no," he said.

"Don't be fooled by (Penang Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng and DAP who are pretending to be angels. It is they who should be criticised instead," he said.

The Permatang Pauh by-election will see a four-cornered fight between Suhaimi (BN), Dr Wan Azizah (PKR), Azman Shah Othman (PRM) and independent Salleh Isahak.- Star, 4/5/2015

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