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What happens after all the sloganeering?
Parti Rakyat Malaysia is unhappy with the newly formed Pakatan Rakyat government for not fulfilling their election promise to undertake a 20 percent reduction of the assessment for residents in the 12th General Election.
In a press statement issued via email, PRM Vice President Koh Siew Yong ask: Was such a promise made by the Pakatan Rakyat merely meant for fishing votes during the election? (Ouch!).
According to THE STAR:
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the state government could not reduce the assessment rate at present but the people need not to pay the fines imposed on them due to late payment since January this year.
A discount of 70% is given for the fine imposed on assessment arrears until Dec 31 last year while the fine since January this year is given a 100% exemption.
Is this reason convincing and unacceptable enough for the people, for PRM?
“NO,” says Koh (not Tsu Koon). Instead, PRM wants the PR Govt to fulfill its election promise by:
- putting a greater check into the running of the local authorities
- direct them to pull up their socks
- reduce wastage and corrupt practice
- check abuses
- check cronyism
- practise openness and transparency in the administration and good governance as promised
Are they already doing all these?
Koh says the assessment rate need not be that high, yet they can still deliver quality and good services to the people. He cited a bridge project in Selayang Pandang which only costs RM400K. But during the BN time, it took RM1.2 million to get it completed. He added:
The electorate is fed up with the BN arrogance and measures, dissatisfactions accumulate, and chose to cast their vote for the Pakatan Rakyat . The demand of the electorate is clear and obvious, they want an authetic reform and change.
The electorate has very high expectations on the Pakatan, just as they did to the Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi in the 2004 11th General Election, when unprecedented support were given to him but he let them down.
Thus the Pakatan Rakyat government must value the people’s mandate and prove that it can outperform the BN government, otherwise the Pakatan will be thrown out of office come the next election.
A hard-hitting advice indeed. But better the rude awakening now, then to wake up in shock (like Pak Lah did) in the next 13 GE, don’t you think so?