Blog reader LTH shares with us his thoughts about the Pakatan’s apparent lack of enthusiasm regarding local democracy. As recent events have shown, it isn’t impossible to restore local democracy – with or without the Election Commission’s or federal assistance or legal reforms. All that is needed to get the ball rolling is the political will and sincerety to fulfil campaign promises:
- “We will return to the people local council elections!” was part of the PR manifesto;
- And this is how they promised: “Just change it!”
- “There are legal problems to untangle, you know; we can’t just change it!”
- “We’ll need to move the whole SPR machinery over, will cost many millions, I tell you!”
- “We tried in Parliament, you saw us, didn’t you?” (note: knowing full well it was an exercise in futility)
Haha, after 1 January 2009, the Gunung Rapat people have become such an embarrassment to PR:
- “We do the election ourselves, at no cost to the state government.”
- “Now go ahead and appoint those elected as required by law…. now what legal problems?”
- “No SPR needed before, nor are they required now.”
- “Just Change It? …. Don’t even need to change anything!”
Their very own MP Lee Boon Chye has shown a simple way how PR can now fulfil its election promise.
The question is: Will PR now bite the bullet and ‘walk the talk’ to show its political will and the coalition’s commitment to really return demorcracy to the people/voters?