Oleh Tulang Besi (http://www.malaysiawaves.com/)- Laman M@RHAEN
I had a very interesting conversation with a Pakatan Rakyat activist friend of mine from Hulu Langat. He has taught me something that many had overlooked.
The Pakatan Rakyat’s Selangor government had passed a policy stating that politicians are not to be member to tender committee in every level of government in Selangor. This is meant to curb corruption that has existed since the BN time.
It was perceived that when politicians sits in the tender committees they tend to influence decisions and thus always end up awarding contracts to cronies.
The policy is passed with the intention to curb such practice. The downside to this practice is the assumption that all government employee are also clean from corruption. Since politicians are barred from becoming members of the tender committees, only government officials are allowed to sit in it. Unfortunately, the current crop of government employees that Selangor has are remnants from the BN days. They too benefited from the corrupt practices of UMNO and thus their decisions even today follow along the lines of what they were used to.
In other words, contracts and projects are still being awarded to UMNO cronies and UMNO machinery by the current crop of government employees whom have been passing projects to these people all the while. As a result, the UMNO rank and file are still siphoning money from the Pakatan Rakyat state government to oil the political machinery at the grassroot levels.
At the same time, because of this policy, the government employees have absolutely no respect to elected officials. Elected Pakatan Rakyat representative basically have to beg state employees to get anything done for the people. And these state employees are basically UMNO apparatii in the State government of Selangor.
As of now, UMNO is enjoying the system. They get to continue their corrupt practices while not being blamed for it. And they get to do it right under the noses of Pakatan Rakyat government.
Land Distribution is Still Done the UMNO Way
Even award of land is done like the time when UMNO was in power. Why? Because the land awarding committee are the same people that was part of the UMNO corrupt ways back then. So, lands are only awarded to UMNO people and also cronies.
All this is done right under the Pakatan Rakyat’s noses
Ramification of Such Practice, if Not Curbed
There are several right from the top of my head:
a. It will make Pakatan Rakyat’s commitment to curb corruption a mockery and a joke among the people
b. UMNO will maintain their strength in facing the next General Election. They will not be weaken as they can still siphon the Selangor state’s resources to fund their activities.
c. The rural areas (kampung) in Selangor will be UMNO’s impenetrable bastion and UMNO will only have to think about launching an offensive in the urban areas without worrying a tad bit about their base.
d. Pakatan Rakyat will continue to lose Malay support in Selangor. From 2008 General Election Results, it is estimated that in Kampung areas, Pakatan Rakyat only managed to garner not more than 40% of the votes. And kampung areas are predominantly Malay inhabited. Such trend will not be buckled under the current Pakatan Rakyat policy.
Short Analysis Of 2008 Election Result of Selangor
One will notice that seats won by UMNO ( barring Satim Diman’s state seat of Seri Serdang) are seats where Malays live in traditional kampongs. Seats like Taman Templer, Sungai Air Tawar, Sungai Burong, Permatang, Paya Jaras has Malays predominantly living in Kampung.
Notice seats where PR won has Malays living in urban settings like Kota Damansara, Taman Medan, Kota Anggerik, Batu Tiga, Gombak Setia, Hulu Kelang etc.
In other words, from my own analysis and estimation, Malays living in urban setting voted for Pakatan Rakyat in the 50% range. While Malays living in Kampung setting voted for Pakatan Rakyat in the 40% range. Since more Malays in Selangor live in Kampong as opposed to Urban areas, UMNO is able to corner the Malay votes and delivered them with 20 seats in the Selangor State Assembly.
If this trend is not curbed, UMNO will continue to dominate the Malay voters in Selangor by using money siphoned from Pakatan Rakyat’s government.
If Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor still insists on maintaining the same policy, then I proposed non elected Pakatan Rakyat’s representatives are appointed into the tender committees to check for any corrupt practices on the part of the State government employees. Such move is not unprecedented and has been done before by many governments.
Or perhaps Pakatan Rakyat of Selangor can think of a better mechanism to curb this problem. But this problem must be settled soon and fast. 4 years is a very short time and we have very little time to lose.
Tulang Besi –