Saturday, February 7, 2009
Without doubt, Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has been watched very closely by political observers for many years. He has capabilities, those who know him know him as a thinker, and he is approachable. In short, he is viewed as Menteri Besar material. I personally think he is right choice. Only events thereafter will determine whether this view is correct.
However, it may be unfortunate that a capable man is fated to assume such responsibilities under these circumstances. But many say, it is only another political event. What remains important is - can the new Government deliver?
The younger generation Rakyat generally do not seem to care which party is in power anymore. What they want to see is intelligent, efficient and effective leadership that can benefit the Rakyat. They want less rhetoric and more caring action.
The Rakyat is actually waiting to see politicians that can evolve into a higher state of statemen. The Rakyat no longer want to be sponsors for politicians to make wealth, assume power and walk arrogantly. Everyone will have to work hard and honestly for their income. This includes politicians.
If the politicians fail to evolve to this higher level of political existence, they may be viewed as redundant as the appendix - when the pain sets in, surgery is the answer.
Crossovers, other than for explicitly stated inevitable principled reasons (which may even be questioned) would be frowned upon in any society that upholds the sanctity of the voter's mandate. Crossovers WITHOUT the consent of the voters will tantamount to breach of the voter's trust. Politicians must understand what MANDATE means. It is a contract between the voters and the candidate with explicit and implicit terms.
For this reason, the current issue has given rise to objections from many quarters both from UMNO and non-UMNO quarters.