Sitting on a concrete-and-tar tennis court that should have been cleared from the badly scarred Esplanade: A relatively small crowd of 3,000 attended the Pakatan ceramah in Penang last night
Things that could have been done but weren’t:
- Declaration of assets by state government leaders: Instead what we have heard are lame and shameful excuses for not doing so. It is now left to Parti Sosialis Malaysia to embarass the Pakatan parties: PSM is holding a ceremony on 12 March at the Selangor Chinese Town Hall to reveal the public declaration of the assets of its MP (Sungai Siput), its Selangor state assembly member, and three town councillors. Now, if the PSM can do that, why can’t the Pakatan parties? Of course, we won’t bother with the BN parties.
- A roadmap and a timeframe for the restoration of local democracy (local elections): Pakatan parties want Malaysians to vote them to power. But they have not told us how soon after they win power at the federal level will local council elections be revived. Will they also introduce elections for village and kampong heads? At the moment, the Pakatan parties seem content to follow the rotten BN system of appointing mainly party loyalists to town councils as a form of reward for their partisan support.
- Mafrel’s GE2008 election monitoring report: It’s been one year already, and Mafrel, the civil society election watchdog, has apparently not yet submitted its report to the Election Commission. This was a watershed election – so what’s delaying the report? Will it be submitted to the Election Commission before the three by-elections in April?