Pm Najib said that Barisan had a proven track record as opposed to the opposition's flawed one (The Star 17 Dec 2012)
This would have been laughable had it not been so patently deluding and syiok sendiri (self-gratifying)
Yes, Barisan, of which he helms, has a proven track record. A record that says that it is leading the country to the dogs.
A track record of nurturing a culture of corruption, so that today no business is show business unless hands are greased or cronies are pleased. It is a record that has led Malaysia to be considered the most corrupt country in the world to do business
Where huge public projects and contracts are awarded under a cloak of secrecy and protected from public scrutiny under the obnoxious OSA (Official Secrets Act)
Where crony capitalism is the order of the day and public accountability is considered a joke, if not a yoke for the yodeler.
Where you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. A favourite war cry of the chief himself. And no business is done without this mutual simian grooming.
Where if you had not an iota of business acumen or relevant experience or knowledge nor even a company to begin with, but only two ringgit in your pocket, that that is the only qualification you needed if you knew to scratch backs and had the connections.
That the beginnings of many mega follies had their pedigree in this is amply proven with massive bailouts disguised as national interest for which the public had been, and is, reminded and admonished, often enough, to be grateful.
Where the different races in the country are increasingly polarised, no thanks to patently endorsed policies of divide and rule. Where we have bodies like Perkasa shamelessly doing the dirty work for their masters, and claiming to champion the country's cause and getting away with their perfidy.
Where even the Biro Tata Negara (National Civic Bureau ) is said to be infamously involved.
Where the rakyat have long since learned not to trust the judiciary or the police or even the Election Commission.
Where the people no longer feel safe when compared to even just five years ago. Where the home minister said that we needed more police personnel when we have perhaps one of the highest police to population ratios in the world (110,000 strong police force to 28 million population) and yet at the same time reminding Malaysians that the national crime rate had fallen and chiding us for habouring false perception!
Now, this is cute of Hishammuddin or just plain disingenious or dishonest of him.
Najib claimed that proof of Barisan's good track record was that Malaysia is only one of the few countries in the world to achieve economic growth this year at a time of world economic and financial uncertainties.
But Malaysians know that this is achieved only because of massive, over-inflated public projects on the back of 16 so years of deficit budgets that have ballooned the sovereign debt to beyond the legal limit of 55% GDP
Sooner, rather than latter, the country's credit rating will be downgraded.
Yes, the Barisan government has a proven track record.
But it is not a good one.
And nothing to commend it to be given another extension of tenure.
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