Monday, April 01, 2013
Pre-election bullshit takes many forms and comes sliding out from all orifices. Barisan Nasional are expert at it. Pakatan Rakyat have done their share. And more. But this pile of bovine excrement comes from a hitherto unknown source.
A professor named Chong who has been working and living in Japan for more than 20 years advised Malaysians to vote with a "cool head" and "cool eyes" and not make an emotional choice.
Errr...okay. I guess that is sound advice. He said a political party that made too many populist manifestos would be unable to fulfill promises and would not last long. Okay that's good advice too. Both BN and PR have made promises. Lots of them.
Chong quoted as an example, what happened in Japan. In 2009 the opposition, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) had promised in their manifesto, free education, free toll for highways and reduced petrol prices. They even showed how they were going to raise resources. During the House of Representatives election in 2009, they won 308 of the 480 seats.
"Unfortunately, they failed to fulfill their promises. They only lasted three years and a few months. The Japanese returned to the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)"
I suppose, drawing parallels with Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional, Chong said, "DPJ was founded in 1998 from the merger of several opposition parties."
To Malaysians who feel that the power to choose is now in their hands, Chong had this piece of advice. "You can say, 'we can still wait for the next election if they are not good', but you have to bear the years you have lost."
Mr. Chong, we have waited and gambled with and hoped for more than 50 years la. Bear the years we lose? What's 5 years or less compared to the decades we've lost?
BTW, who came up with the idea to interview you? Oh wait.....the story is from Bernama. Ahhhhh....I see. Did you get a check in the mail? Looks like political parties ain't the only ones who don't fulfill promises. Haahahaha....
The Sun story HERE