Democracy is here to stay, whether our politicians are ready for it or not.
It was interesting to see the reaction of the Pakatan government in Perak to the election of a village head. They did not seem to be too happy with it.
Congrats to PKR’s Gopeng MP Lee Boon Chye for pushing this through.
And now Selangor might reportedly follow suit with a pilot election for a village head later this year.
I do not see why the Perak government should be so hesitant. Lee Boon Chye has taken a step in the right direction. Pakatan should be working quickly towards democratising all levels of government from the state assemblies, local councils right down to the village and kampong levels. If there are legal hurdles, at the very least PR leaders should be more supportive of pilot projects, trial runs and further studies.
At the moment, they are not even making the right noises about holding local council elections any time soon.
I just hope the PR folks don’t start getting used to the idea of political appointees taking up key positions in local councils as a form of reward for their party faithful. That was – and is – the lousy BN practice. The people voted for change and so the PR’s objective must be democratisation at all levels from Parliament to village/kampong level.