If you’re good enough, you’re old enough…I really hope so DAP!

Posted on April 7, 2011


I’ve driven past this particular place in Padungan, Kuching several times today and every time I stop at this traffic light I just cannot keep my eyes away from a particular red billboard that was just set up.

First of all, the placement of the election billboard is perfect and secondly, the design and layout of the billboard is not too shabby either.

The candidate’s face looms large on the billboard and I can clearly see the candidate’s name and the word “change”.

As I sit here in my office, I can’t recall what the other words are (probably because it’s in Chinese characters) but I do remember that face and that word.

Good design and good location of the election billboard. Have to tip my hat off to the opposition contractors that did the work.

Like I said, the word “change” features prominently with the face of the young opposition candidate.

I guess it’s easier for young people to sell change, especially for Malaya-based DAP.

I was examining the people that Malaya-based DAP is fielding in this election and I believe quite a few of them are pretty young.

The incumbents in Meradong and Pending are already considered young, especially when they were fielded in 2006, but this year DAP has gone even younger! What’s up with that?

For sure, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough…but is DAP fielding these youngsters just for the sake of appealing to a younger voters’ base?

Or are the younger candidates easier for the party elders to control, compared to the experienced members in the party, who are considered mavericks?

I guess, the DAP party elders are so confident in the strength of brand DAP that they believe anyone they pick would be able to win.

It sort of harks back to the days when they said the BN brand was so strong that even if an inanimate object such as a songkok or an animal such as a monkey could win, if it was nominated as a BN candidate.

If that’s the case, it makes perfect sense for the powers-that-be in DAP to pick people, who they know will toe the line.

And the fact that they’re still young and inexperienced would mean they’re also fueled by idealism, if nothing much else.

Our young drivers on the road are required by law to put the “P” sticker on the vehicle they’re driving, so that other road users would know they haven’t been behind the wheel for very long.

At this important time in Sarawak’s history, as we strive to become not only a developed nation, but also working hard to become the richest State in the country by 2030, shouldn’t we entrust the driving to more experienced drivers?

Couldn’t DAP let their young members learn the ropes through some other way, rather than simply throwing them into the deep end straightaway?

Doesn’t DAP have people who are a bit older and a bit more experienced in the party, who could make better representatives of the people? Maybe the answer is NO! Who knows?

We have a lot of work to do to achieve all the goals we’ve set for ourselves to make Sarawak a better place to live in…and it would be best if we had a better mix of experience and youth to help us get where we need to go.

Learning on the job may be fine for some political parties, but when we’re dealing with the future of our State, shouldn’t we entrust the job to those with a bit more experience?

Posted in: DAP, Sarawak Politics