Without notice, Selangor local authorities increased the business licence fees as much as 400% last year. Some implemented mandatory purchase of QR code sticker at RM5 (cost around 30 cents) which has the same information or contents as the licence. An Exco previously said they will form a complaint committee but didnt materialise. This time round, garage owners even in industrial areas are required to rent carpark lots at RM1800 p.a before they can renew their licences. Again no notice is given or any discussion with the stakeholders. MPSJ warned them of risking a fine if not renew within the time frame. There was no line drawn as designated public carpark but they did it in the middle of the night recently. Why do things discreetly?
In short my answer is doubtful.
In reality, many will agree with me unless they want to paint a false picture or intensive transformation occurs in the next 5 years. Our country has gone through many obstacles and developed into what we are today. We are left with another few years to achieve the planned vision 2020 of becoming a developed nation. Unfortunately as it is today, apparently the said vision may be seem far-fetching, considering our economic, education and mindset of the people be it ordinary civilians, businessmen or politicians; are not really moving that direction.
I am not telling anything new when I say we are not improving. We haven’t made much progress in terms of economy, tackling corruption and extremism or to achieve true unity regardless of race and religion. Forget about what was reported or said by certain quarters. To some, GST, removal of petrol subsidies, rename of roads or stay of Sedition Act is no big deal. They just want our country especially the government or civil servants to think and perform effectively and honestly. They want to be treated fairly regardless of backgrounds. As the saying goes: best man wins (ie base on meritocracy or needs of the deserved one) instead of the boot- lickers’ victory (though sometimes it is inevitable). It should not be about taking care of one race or feeding projects or monies to the undeserved ones. Others get a mere token of consolation just to make things look good. Stay and observe for a week or two in nearby developed countries like Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong; we shall see the difference.
Recent politicking particularly on racial and religion issues does not seem to achieve a satisfactory situation. Two things have changed since many started looking into moderation: our racial unity has profoundly deteriorated, and politics has redefined how the country is run. Now if such remains unresolved, how do we expect to achieve developed status?
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak started with a noble and worthy intention but today many see lack of courage, will and boldness in him due to political reason especially towards his own party.
Like it or not, issues such as extremism, corruption, 1MDB and education system have caused many to lose confidence. Politically it has laid down a better foundation for the Opposition in the next general election. More unfortunately is more Malaysians are doubtful the country can move forward not to mention achieving the Vision 2020.
The world has changed, and it’s going to keep on changing. We have to accept that. We also need to accept that we don’t have a God given right to anything. Fortunately our Federal Constitution has laid down the foundation. It is the bedrock of the society; a cause which Gerakan is always fighting for. It takes bold steps to make real changes…
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Gerakan has slammed DAP for insisting on the deputy speaker post, stressing that the post should not be treated as a political reward.
Selangor Gerakan state secretary cum National Deputy Youth Chief Andy Yong today condemned Selangor DAP chairperson Tony Pua who requested for a second deputy speaker post to be created and given to DAP in Selangor.
“Pua’s demand is unconstitutional. It is wrong to treat the position of deputy speaker as a trophy or reward for political support,” said Yong in a statement today.
“It is wrong to treat the post as a reward to political patronage or partisan support,” he added.
He said that Pua’s demand showed how the latter had little regard towards the state constitution.
Article 71 (2A) of the constitution of Selangor 1959 states that the legislative assembly may from time to time choose one of its members to be deputy speaker, said Yong.
“We feel that Pua’s demand is tantamount to mockery towards the integrity and sanctity of the Selangor legislative assembly,” said Yong, urging Pua to study the state constitution carefully.
“I am concerned that DAP’s unchecked arrogance and greediness is threatening the procedural democracy in the Selangor legislative assembly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Selangor DAP will be meeting Menteri Besar Mohd Azmin Ali to discuss allocating a second deputy speaker post to its representative.
Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim said the meeting will be between Pua and Azmin, but is unsure when it would take place.
“Yes, they will discuss it. See how it goes. In a good atmosphere, we will talk,” he told reporters outside the state legislative assembly today.
When asked when the meeting would be held, he said, “Coming soon. Whether it is after the state assembly sitting, I don’t know. It is up to Pua.”
Yesterday, Pua (right) told the Selangor DAP convention that the party is still lobbying for the state government to create the additional post, with Ng as the favoured candidate.
Ng was nominated for the existing post last week, but lost to PAS’ Dr Mohd Shafie Ngah in the secret ballot.
Ng said in the state’s menteri besar crisis, questions were raised about DAP’s position in the state after PKR maintained control of the menteri besar’s post as well as getting a state exco post.
This was despite remaining loyal to PKR during the crisis despite the brickbats it received as a result, and having the most seats in the state assembly along with PAS.
However when asked, he said that this is not an issue of returning favours
“This is not an issue of favours. It is an issue of representation and support because we need each other.
“There is no issue of favours amongst us (Pakatan). We are always prepared to work together,” he said.