Sunday, May 19, 2013

Have You Heard Of The "G" Word? With It You Can Rule With Just A 17% Vote!

It is the word (and some?) upon which BN rode to Putrajaya.

It is the vehicle that enables a party or coalition with the minority vote to form the government of the day.

It is the holy word that mucked up the mind of Umno apostle Zahid Hamidi to righteously admonish pagans to leave the country if they are not happy with the enabling god.

 It is the word that makes a mockery of the claim of "one man, one vote"

Because what it basically means is that your vote may not be worth as much as mine because yours carries less weightage.

For example, in a rural constituency of say 30,000, you get to send an MP to Parliament and in an urban constituency of say 60,,000 - 80,000 you also get to elect an MP, not two or more.

So, in the case cited, the one rural constituent's vote is worth twice yours!

Sometimes, a rural vote may be worth five times or even more than an urban one!

It is the word that favours the incumbent ruling party or coalition with their vast resources and money bags.

That word is "gerrymandering"

It is the passport to ruling on just a 17% "popular" vote!

That is the beauty of the word that BN and Umno are very familiar with and love to death, and concerned and knowing Malaysians fear and loathe.

That is largely why BN gets to form the Federal government on a minority vote of 47% against the opposition coalition's 52% of popular vote. And that too, on the back of allegations of cheating at the  polls.

Should we allow the BN coalition to go on happily knowing that that monster alone could keep them in ever good political health to rule in perpetuity?

Malaysians have complained against the dirty "G" word in the past . But being "nice", we have always let it pass, believing anyway, that we couldn't do anything about it.

We can and should not let it pass, especially not this time for the first time when the coalition that forms the government of the day does so on a minority vote and that too on the back of allegations of cheating at the polls.

If we let it pass again, we will forever not be able to give effect to the majority's wish. And this is nothing short of betraying democracy where the voice of the majority is king, not the poor bridesmaid.

When the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia (SPR - The Malaysian Election Commission) conducts the next round of constituency delineations soon, the opposition coalition have to be on the alert.

If not, your guess is probably as good as any which way the constituency delineation exercise will go and in whose favour.

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