Monday, January 19, 2009

True acceptance of people's choice must translalte into equal treatment of peoples' representatives irrespective of party affliations

The people's choice of their Member of Parliament(M) or Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) should be respected.

The people should never be penalized by the Federal Government (or State Government) if they choose persons not from the ruling coalition government.

BARISAN Nasional and Umno accept the decision of the voters in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election with an open heart and mind, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said here yesterday. - New Straits Times, 19/1/2009 - PM: It's people's choice

But Mr Prime Minister - your's and BN's actions in the past really do not indicate a 'true' acceptace of the people's choice.

Opposition MP's(and ADUNs) are not given the same privilege, recognition and respect by the BN Federal and State governments. BN MP get money that they can use for small development projects in their constituency - whilst opposition MPs do not get this. This kind of behaviour does not reflect 'true acceptance' of the peoples' choice.

In Trengganu, when opposition won - their oil royalty money suddenly stopped flowing. When BN wins back the State, the money starts to flow again. This was not an 'accepting of the people's choice'.

I just hope that you (and the BN) would change your ways and this time, you speak the truth - and it is not pure hypocrisy as in the past. Hope that your actions will show.

Every MP and/or ADUN should be treated equally by the Federal/State government concerned irrespective of the person's party affliations.

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