Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lulu Thinks It WOuld Be a Far, Far Better Thing for Our MPs to...

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
This was the last line in the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Tale Of Two Cities. Sidney Carlton, willingly took the place of his lookalike love-rival, Charles Darnay to the guillotine in place.

I have to confess, the dispensing of goodies during by-elections has always convinced me that the best things a Member of Parliament (MP) or State Assemblyman could do for his constituency would be to do something which could bring about a by-election. As far back as the Bentong by-election in 1989, when Tan Sri Chan Siang Sun died of a heart attack. My dad remarked that during the 30 years when the late Tan Sri was MP, the new villagers could not get the TOL for the land and homes they were occupying. During the by-elections, it practically rained TOLs. [In those days, when people said TOL, it was referred to Temporary Occupational License, not the bad word toll that we dread today]. Even then, I could see the “blessings” in calling a by-election, and today, I see it repeated in Batu Talam, Machap and Ijok.

To vacate the seat, the MP/Assemblyman does not have to die. There are other ways like being disqualified due to corruption, or a simple old fashioned resignation. The first one, I don’t wish it upon any of our MPs/Assemblymen, the second, with all that “morally wrong but legally right” nonsense in this country, short of a murder charge, I don’t think that we would see anyone in such a predicament. BUT there’s always the third option – to resign.

Maybe our MPs and Assemblymen need to consider whether their resignation which would necessitate a by-election could bring far, far better things for their constituency compared to if they stay in the office forever and ever.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

For residents in Kampung Kebun and TTDI Jaya, if Datuk Abdul Aziz Samsuddin and Datuk Salamon Selamat the respective MP of Shah Alam and Assemblyman of Batu Tiga were to resign, there would probably be more allocations set aside to correct the flood woes that they are faced with. The machines would all be parked along the road and along the drains probably the same day the resignation is submitted. Deeper and wider drains, and who knows, they may want to win bad enough to stop the overdevelopment down the road along the Guthrie Corriddor.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

If Dr Rozaidah Talib [who topped the traveling expenses list] from P. 099 - Ampang, recognizes her helplessness in helping the residents of her constituency, resigns it would probably mean a press conferece featuring the residents of Kampung Berembang given keys to new premises. An instant solution to their homeless situation. Now, wouldn’t that be a Kodak moment? Loads on BN banner and pictures of the former squatters beaming ear to ear holding mock keys of their new homes. And for those who have houses along the Ampang-Hulu Kelang range, after years of helplessness, reporting and bringing to the press and writing to ministers about the land clearing in their area, will be given a “new” promise that the clearing of land near their landslide prone homes will stop. But after so many “blanket bans” after each tragic landslide, Lulu not sure if the residents of Taman Hijau would be able to heave a sigh of relief or not.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

Alice may get her wish to continue to live peacefully, breathing the fresh air here in Broga, if the MP of Hulu Langat, Datuk Markiman Kobiran [another frequent traveler], or Datuk Ahamad Kuris Mohd Nor the assemblyman at Semenyih were to resign in solidarity with the residents there. Lulu don’t know whether they could not or would not do anything to prevent the 1,500 tonne incinerator from being built at their housing area. The Puchong residents successfully lobbied for that incinerator to be moved, so, what’s preventing it from moving IF a by-election is called?

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

And not forgetting Lulu’s MP - if Chew Mei Fun were to make a stern stand on the crime level, would resign by principle to create a safer living environment for herself instead of shifting into a gated community, I’m sure not just Aman Suria, but the whole of PJ would indeed move towards being a safer place to stay in. The by-elections would probably include generous allocations to the police stations, additional staffing, and more cars to patrol the area. And the toilets at the SS2 glutton street would be spick and span, good enough for even the pampered to use.

Lulu’s only mentioning localised issues as I don’t think that any of the candidates would make any stand on national policies.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

Maybe it has never crossed their mind.
Maybe they’ll read this post, and consider the thought.
Maybe one of them wants a far, far better rest.
He/She should consider this option.

10 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Was the MIC assemblyman in Lunas done away with so as to bring about a by-election there in 2000?

team BSG said...

all things considerd, it will be a golden harvest for malaysia if our half past 6 PM and almost confirmed sex maniac DPM resign now right !
Imagine all the fresh election campaign money flooding the country
then !

yok hoong said...

well said, lulu. i salute you for this brillaint piece.

lucia said...

well they promised all things good only so that they can win the election... but what happened after they won? well maybe for the first 2 years or so, yes all good things will happen but after that.... back to normal... like the time during when their last assemblyman reign.

Anonymous said...

I think we need a few thousand psychiatrists to analyse the "simpleton psychology" of rural folks. I am not 'demeaning" these folks or country bumpkins. But let's look at the simple facts. here we have a government who has not been give them a "s%@t" to their infrastructural development like simple streets, road and streetlights (example) for 10 to 15 years. Yet, as a government it has failed in its duty. But when a by election time comes around, the government suddenly comes around and did which is supposed to be its duty and responsible. And what do these folks feel....they are so grateful like a neglected kid suddenly being given "toys and ice creams". And they are so "grateful" and willing to be conned again and again for the next 15 to 20 years!! It doesn't make sense. Like a father who slapped you in the face for the wrong reasons, and you saying "thank you". It is cruel to say this, but I think those simple folks deserve a peanut! They will still give their votes...when will they wake up?

Anonymous said...

The MPs and assemblymen will never ever resign on their own, unless forced to do so by the courts. They will stay on until replaced by their party bosses or visited by the Grim Reaper, whicher comes earlier.

freethinker said...

It would be very interesting if opposition wins this.. i would like to see then what the local newspaper report about it

Anonymous said...

Malaysians are stupids and cannot differentiate between - local governments (majlis and perbandran) and the state government. Apparently Ijok are all under the majlis. The street lights and local roads are under the majlis. Imagine if the State JKR are resurfacing all the roads in Subang, Shah Alam? No they are acrried out by the majlis. Therefore we should be asking for local government elections to ensure good service in small towns like ijok, machap and batu talam etc.

Anonymous said...

The best thing that can happen in our country is for the whole BN government to resign and let the opposition, especially the DAP to have a go at governing!