I will be with the party’s President, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in Machap meeting the rakyat this afternoon and evening.

Later tonite, at 9.00 pm, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Ezam Mohd Nor, Tian Chua and I will speak at a ceramah umum in Machap.

I will be at Machap Umboo, Tebong & Perca.


2 Responses to Machap

  1. Henry Joseph says:

    It is not going to be an easy task in getting Malaysian voters to vote for the opposition. Our infant and guided democracy often times impressed upon our voters that at best the opposition is not needed and at worst a threat to “development”. I am often apalled by such remark. Great thinkers including de Smith believes that the opposition is the Her Majesty’s second government. A great many scholars and thinkers in the past and present knew that no government should be given absolute power. On the contrary, BN leaders have always been advocating almost an absolute supremacy of the executive. They always say if the government has absolute majority, development efforts can be carried out without unnecessary delay and hassle. Since 1957 the Alliance Government (now BN) has been returned with almost absolute majority in every election. Yet it is more than common knowledge that social injustice still exist and in certain localities it is worse than ever.

    While I believe in strong and stable government, an absolute majority is NOT the answer to good governance or machanism to eradicate poverty and social injustices. The opposition is required in the legislature as checks and balances. One of the best mechanisms for good governance is dissenting voice in the Parliament. The BN backbenchers cannot provide effective checks and balances through dissenting opinion. This is because in practice they are answerable to their party leader who is always the Prime Minister. The element of without fear or favour would always be absent, which is quite contrary to parliamentary convention.

    The duty of DAP and PKR is to convince the voters that they really need the opposition. But often times the opposition has more rhetorics than substance. I am just wondering how this time they (opposition) would be different.

  2. Henry says:

    Correction: The word “the” in line 5 appearing immediately before the word “Her Majesty” should be omitted. The sentence should read: ” Great thinkers including de Smith believes that the opposition is Her Majesty’s second government”.

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