The general election was held in May this year. Now just a mere 6 months down the road, Selangor’s holy water vendors have awarded themselves a luscious pay rise.
Did they put this in their Buku Jingga? If not the quantum, then at least the philosophy: “Oh, we’re going to be emulating Singapore in amply rewarding our politicians because we believe in merit.” Did the Pakatan candidates tell their ceramah crowd, “Oh, our strategy to curb corruption is to give Aduns humongous salaries to help alleviate the incentive of corruption”.
In terms of GE13 popular vote, Pakatan obtained 60 percent support to the BN’s 40 percent in Selangor. This is no surprise given the wide array of Pakatan propaganda machines pumping away 24/7 in the state ever since 2008.
Would Pakatan have still gotten the same huge number of votes that they garnered – increasing their number of DUN seats from 36 to 44 – if the candidates had made known to the Selangor public what reward they had planned for themselves?
As a Selangorian, I’m not against the salary increment per se but I find that this latest maneuver smacks of the kind of duplicity which I’ve come to expect from the evangelista politicians and the English media that have been boosting their rise and rise.
Best time for salary adjustment
The pay rise should not be done at the beginning of the 5-year term as has happened under Khalid, and nor in mid-term. Instead it might be preferable if any pay adjustment could be carried out at the end of the 5-year term before the dissolution of the state assembly.
In this way at least, the electorate will be more confident that the proposed pay scale is commensurate with the job and its responsibilities, and not a matter of favouritism and personality cultism. Or in other words, the RM22,500 is what the Speaker’s job on its own merit is worth and not the princely sum being due to DAP flexing their muscle.
Hence a pay review conducted at the end of term is, at least, open to the possibility that the enemy might conceivably reap the rewards of the act — say an Umno man benefitting from the RM22,500 Speaker’s salary.
The two-party system should be that the competition is level enough such that either side stands an even chance of winning.
Here we find that although Pakatan proclaims to promote a two-party system, this is not reflected in their deeds. In this pay increase episode, they have clearly shown how they use their incumbency.
What check and balance?
Hannah Yeoh angkat bakul masuk sendiri tweeting: “I am a generous Speaker — offered time and even encouraged Opposition BN-UMNO assemblymen to stand up & debate”. (Oh, so that’s why her cult following believe she deserves her generous paycheque.)
But despite her loud claim that she encouraged the oppo Aduns “to stand up and debate”, Hannah Yeoh yesterday threw out a motion by Umno reps to debate Comango. And last week, Hannah’s deputy Nik Nazmi kicked out the opposition leader (Umno’s Shamsudin Lias) from the assembly and handed the Sungai Burong Adun a suspension.
Pakatan pendokong demokrasi, konon.
In fact I would even venture as to say that in almost all the aspects that I’ve observed of them, Pakatan ni sah cakap tak serupa bikin.
A two-party system implies check and balance. There is no check and balance when 90 percent of the Chinese community are such staunch supporters of one side.
Lesson for the gullible
The above poster is a black humour advertisement but the lesson still applies. The storyboard goes like this:
The woman has had plastic surgery. Hence her beauty is artificial.
Nonetheless you can’t get away from your genes. The marriage between the handsome man and the cosmetically altered ‘beautiful’ woman produces children who don’t look like either one of their parents. The man even finds it difficult to believe that the kids are his.
But they are. They inherited their mother’s genes which the plastic surgery could not alter.
The bottomline is the end product, despite the glossy advertisement. DAP is winning the public relations war because they’re just so very sneaky.
An appropriate analogy: The wife didn’t reveal to her husband prior to their nuptials that her beauty is counterfeit. He only finds out after the children are born.
Neither did Selangor and Penang Pakatan tell voters beforehand that the Speaker would be getting a take-home pay of RM33,750 monthly. If they did, some voters might ask if the “Bersih”, saintly politicians are in it for the money or because they desire to “serve the rakyat”.
I doubt that Penang and Selangor residents will realise anytime soon how they keep getting duped. My hope is that the inhabitants of the other states akan celik mata sikit sebelum nasi menjadi bubur.