A few days ago, our Prime Minister has decided not to contest in the coming UMNO presidency in March, 2009. With his famous “flip-flop” decision, many still wary of what going to happen prior to the party presidency election. With his current deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, allegedly to have an involvement in the Altantuya case and Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi hinting that he can only hope that Najib will take his seat, what is brewing in the next five month is still an unchartered terrain with uncertainties.
What worries us of what will happened then. If the new Prime Minister takes over, will the same policy for the East Malaysia still be implemented? We are still waiting for the billion ringgits announced for our states to be delivered. 5 months is a very short period of time and if the new Prime Minister takes office, will the monies promised for development be a reality or just empty promises. Even if PR takes over the federal government, will the same situation be happening to us. Some politicians are all talk but no action. We want to see the politician who can walk the talk.
After 45 years merging with Peninsular Malaysia, most of the People of the East are still living as how they are then. No doubt, the development of the cities has been good but the majority of the People lived in the rural areas are still as they were decades ago. We still have to pay more than the Peninsular Malaysia on many items. And with our economy is going downwards, the price of goods has risen more than it should.
As Sarawakian, it is the nature of most of us to be polite. We always keep to ourselves of our problems. Until to the point, we are being taken for granted. We provide oil for the nation, but yet, we still end up being among the the states with high poverty rate. Why is this so? Are our resources being squandered by the federal government and leaving us dry?
When we elected a representative for us, we hope our MPs will do their best to take care of us. Some are doing their jobs but they are restricted to the funds allocated by the federal government. To us, this is a very personal matter and our action are based on how the politician take care of us. So, when we heard that there are secret talks for transition to other party, we felt being taken for granted. Instead of the federal government doing it, now our elected leaders are doing it. Why are our leaders doesn’t talk to us? We elected them and now they are making their own decision that may or may not be approved by us. We implored them to at least consulted with the people in their constituencies. Isn’t this is a democratic country? Why must there be secrecy?
Right now. we can only hope whoever going to run the federal government in the future to give more focus on East Malaysia. Give the People of the East the opportunity to be part of the federal government. We are not talking of just the post as ministers, but on managing various government agencies. To date, the numbers of us working for the federal government is still so small and East Malaysia is always the last to be put as priority. Thus development here is slow to reach the rural areas. Funny that even we are bumiputera, but most of us here don’t really benefitted the NEP. Let alone. ever knowing the existence of it.
Will the new leadership can ensure that East Malaysia will not be taken for granted again? Will we only hear again very pleasing announcement with grandiose events but after that, NOTHING? Well, the Malays are said to be forgetful but we here are not Malays. We still have strong memory. So, please buckle up and make things a reality.
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