Heng demands answers from our leaders, and urges us to do more to check the arrogance of the Penang Government.
He reminds the new administration that they were voted into power not so much because they are good, but simply because BN was horrible.
Over to you PH…
Important and Urgent to Check the Arrogance of the Penang Government
Heng: On October 21 last year, 11 people were killed in a landslide in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Almost to the day this year, a landslide at the construction site along Jalan Paya Terubong, Penang buried up to 13 people underneath.
The second tragedy occurred in spite of repeated warnings by environment groups to the state government to stop such projects.
Imagine if these two tragedies were to happen on the watch of a Barisan Nasional (BN) government, what would the great Lim Kit Siang and the honourable Lim Guan Eng be doing?
It is not difficult to imagine that they would be screaming at the top of their voices, raising a series of questions not only in the state assembly. They would press for explanation in the federal parliament. As a matter of habit, they would demand setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry; they would like to look into issues of negligence and possibility of corruption, and so on.
It is important for Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders to bear in mind that they are voted into power not because they are so wonderful. The simple fact is this: they are chosen because BN is just too horrible.
A weakness in Malaysian politics is that discontent with BN, PAS and PH has not been strong enough to evolve into an organised force to function as check and balance to the PH government.
Penang has a high percentage of middle class, many of them very well educated and with experiences in various professions. It is incumbent for the politically conscious among them to form a third force to play the role of a meaningful opposition to check the arrogance of the Penang state government.
(The views expressed are those of the contributor)
Note: Guest Contributor, Michael Heng is an idealist, an internationalist, who believes that all of us are children of God.”