Quite a bit of mud-slinging has been going on in Hulu Selangor. In particular, allegations about PKR candidate Zaid Ibrahim’s past.
I would like to think that voters are more discerning and mature and want to know what each candidate (and his party) stands for in relation to specific issues.
If this is true, then it is time for both the BN and the Pakatan to focus more on concrete national and local issues that affect the people.
For instance, what exactly are they going to do about rising income inequality (which results in all kinds of social ills including the higher crime rates), difficulties in accessing quality health care and the rising price of essential food items?
What is their stand on GST and the Full Paying Patients scheme? Can they promise quality universal public health care for all? That sort of thing.
It’s a pity that we don’t have televised debates so that the candidates can explain their stand on these issues. Instead the main issue seems to be whether the candidate indulges in a drink or two.
Voters today are more mature and discerning than many politicians give them credit for. They can see through empty rhetoric and meaningless handshakes. What about the larger issues?