Liew Chin Tong, in his article in Malaysian Insider, writes,
In the kampung, the headman is also Umno branch chairman. His wife is typically the branch wanita chief and occasionally, his son the youth chief. A long standing ketua sepuluh system, which requires an Umno member to "look after" 10 households in his neighbourhood provides the base for Umno's continuous electoral success.The psyche of the Trengganu voters is very much like this.
In a typical kampung, the village head cum Umno branch chairman would know everyone by name; his wife may even know the names of the villagers' cats.
It is difficult not to support Umno in such setting especially all patronage is usually channelled through the headmen. Only a handful staunch Pas faithful would go against the tide and risk being ostracised.
It did not help that their bold attempt in 1999 where they voted in PAS was punished by the Federal government not giving them any money from the oil taken from their state.
But for Trengganu, the state which has the 2nd highest incidences of poverty, Lulu cannot understand, outside of greed and selfishness, how their leaders can spend RM3.43million on new 14 Mercedes Benzes for their own usage?
The cars they are currently using are Proton Perdanas, and they find the maintainance cost too high. A Mercedes, in their opinion, even though expensive, would be cheaper to maintain.
A Proton Perdana may not be the best-est car in the world, but you don't have to choose the most mahal option to gratify your greed.
Bearing in mind that the purchase of these cars do not require duty payment, they could have instead bought [using Langkawi price as the indicator] Honda Accord 2.4l at RM106k or the Toyota Camry 2.4l at slightly under RM100K, instead of spending RM245K/Mercedes.
Lulu knows the Mercedes looks nice, they feel like they're so "posh" riding in the cars, but Lulu thinks the sight of them riding their fancy cars past people living in poverty would only bring spit rolling to the tip of the people's tongue to ptui it on the cars.
WHat happens when they finally get the Petronas money?
Will the leaders have the heart, compassion and conscience to use it to lift the living conditions of the people?
Will they hoard the money for themselves such that on paper, the average income of the people has increased but in reality, the money only went to a few pockets?
Looking at how they're spending the "ini bukan duit royalti" money, Lulu is worried that it will be the latter.