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March 4, 2010

A political month

* Opinion

2010-03-04 12:29


March should be a month to fight economy, but it has now become a “political month”. It made people feel baffled. The endless political fights are indeed a tiring blow to media practitioners and readers.

March should be an “economic month” as Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is going to announce the new petrol subsidy scheme in mid March, fuel prices are very likely to rise. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will unveil the new economic model by the end of the month and the people are concerned whether there will be more opening-up measures.

How would there be a quiet environment to fight economy and curb price hikes if politicians do not stop pan-politicising? When politics becomes the focal point, who would care for the economic transformation?

On the first day of March, Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng quit PKR and 56 DAP and PAS MPs and senators issued a joint statement to pledge support for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The next day, it was Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri’s turn to quit PKR. It is believed that more PKR representatives will quit to disintegrate the party or create an impression that Anwar is incompetence.

If Anwar does not take actions to rectify the party’s organisation and discipline, how would the people have confidence in him and let him be the Prime Minister of the country? Whether PKR is a “burning phoenix” or gradually falling away depends on Anwar’s capacity to respond.
“And the Chinese community will totally lose confidence in MCA.”

During the Parliament sitting on 15 March, BN and Pakatan Rakyat will sure have a war of words. Pakatan Rakyat MPs will also attack or be hostile to independent MPs who have quit the party. The Parliament will turn out as another political wrangling arena. Just do not expect our MPs to rationally discuss national affairs and legislate laws.

Meanwhile, the MCA party crisis will enter into another phase by that time. There are signs showing that the Liow faction is going to take the advantage of the annual general meeting to break the deadlock by launching a counter attack.

If Najib insists on not to intervene, MCA’s party crisis will continue until the party elections next year. And the Chinese community will totally lose confidence in MCA.

If you think that the turmoil should be ended by the end of the month, then you are wrong. The Perak State Assembly sitting has been scheduled to be convened on 30 March. Police may again set roadblocks and surround (protect) the state government building. There may also be pulls and drags.

After the end of March, it may followed by the state elections in Sarawak. Political leaders will have to start campaigning again. How many time would they have to prepare and deal with the 10th Malaysian Plan scheduled to be out in June?

The 8 March general elections has been over for two years but our politicians are still thinking only about politics. As a result, they perform political shows when they are addressing livelihood issues and approaching the people.

Pan-politicisation and racists politics have caused the outflow of funds and talents over the past three years. And now, the country is in a great need of an environment that focuses on economic revitalisation to retain the growth in the fourth quarter of last year.

How could the economic growth achieve 6% if there are too many lengthy political soap operas? Politicians have to ponder over it. (By LIM SUE GOAN/ Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)

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