Don’t be shortCHANGEd by those calling for CHANGE!

Posted on April 13, 2011


I had trouble of thinking of what to post today because my mind has been distracted.

I’ve been trying to think of what to do after the election. Maybe go on a holiday or maybe just stick around in my hometown for a few days, since I’ll be back there anyway to cast my vote.

Then it dawned on me that I’m taking for granted that BN will win this weekend!

I forgot all the online news reports and ceramahs that are also confident that the opposition winning this election.

I’ve also realised I’ve posted quite a bit on the topic of CHANGE, with ‘you want change?…’ and ‘change their mind’.

This is probably because I’ve been seeing that word a lot on opposition posters and banners and billboards and leaflets around Kuching, recently.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand; CHANGE, which is the point made by the writer of the article I noticed in today’s issue of The Borneo Post.

The writer says the opposition is asking for drastic CHANGE.

However, when you finally get what you want, you end up getting more than you bargained for.

And not in a good way.

What few people realise is that our CM has been working hard to bring CHANGE to Sarawak for the past three decades.

Some people also don’t seem to appreciate the fact that although the CHANGE he’s brought has not been drastic, it has been constant and consistent.

I believe it’s a pace of CHANGE that is acceptable for most Sarawakians.

The opposition wants to bring in CHANGE without thinking much about the impact of what they are asking for. That’s really dangerous.

We’ve seen how drastic CHANGE has affected certain countries in the Middle East.

For a peace-loving, harmonious and stable society like ours, do we really want that?

The opposition doesn’t seem to take into account the ability of the people to cope with the CHANGE they are asking for.

Because if the majority of the people are not ready for the CHANGE that you are forcing down their throats, we’re going to end up in a big heap of trouble. That’s for sure!

But, the opposition is not really asking for drastic CHANGE, you may say, so why make such a fuss? Well, if they’re not asking for drastic CHANGE, they don’t really have a leg to stand on in this election, do they?

Actually, the only REAL CHANGE the opposition wants is to CHANGE the Chief Minister, you may say?

BIG FAT DEAL! The man has already said he’s going to step down.

What’s the rush if it’s in one or two years, or less?

The main thing is CM’s already said he’s stepping down. PM has also said CM is stepping down.

We don’t really need DAP to also say he’s stepping down, do we?

Maybe we should ask the father of Penang CM to step down as a DAP leader as well, because he’s been doing the job for ever so long. Make way for new blood, I say.

Or what about DAP’s national chairman? Shouldn’t someone call for him to step down from all his political posts too, by now?

Maybe they age differently in DAP. Who knows?

Whatever it is, there’s a lot of different CHANGE that you can get in this world, so make sure you know what CHANGE you’re really voting for this Saturday.

Otherwise, you can just say to DAP and PKR and PAS to keep the change, thank you very much!


What The Borneo Post thinks about CHANGE and changing your mind…after the CHANGE has taken place:

Sarawak election: Transformation or change?

by Samuel Bay. Posted on April 13, 2011, Wednesday

KUCHING: The Sarawak 10th general election this time around sees two similar slogans being used by the Barisan Nasional party and the oppositions. The former advocates for ‘transformation’, while the latter says ‘go for change’. On the general term, the word ‘transformation’ connotes a more macro meaning than ‘change’ and this is what the almost one million voters will have to judge comes April 16.

On the international front, if one is to read any news item from any form of the media today, he or she would note the drastic, dramatic and chaotic situations taking place in some of the Middle East countries due to the people’s aspiring for change in their government.

It is almost a norm to read the headlines in the media which say –  Nato continue to protect civilians; AU brokers peace plan; Yemeni rejects Gulf plan; Mubarak and sons to be quizzed over violence; UAE police arrests more activists, Deadly clashes hit Syrian town of Banias.

The above shows the results of the disastrous effect that the people there have to endure since they advocated for change a few months back. When it will end, is anyone’s guess but the message is loud and clear that any change must be done in a smooth and proper manner so that the people would not suffer.

In those countries, until today there is no clear sign that the situation is waning and it brings more negative than positive impacts.

Now on the local front, the key issue among the opposition in this election is to pressure for change in the local leadership. In any politics, change of leadership is a delicate affair to ensure that there is continuity in stability, harmony and progress.

Without these crucial factors, then the local economy would be disrupted as the investors are afraid to come in and invest as there are no guaranteed security and peace just like what happens in the Middle East countries now.

And once the economy is disrupted, then it will lead to unemployment and more disgruntled and dissenting voices among the people which eventually will escalate to a more dangerous level.

This is what the people must be conscious of when they talk about change. Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud himself has made known publicly of his intention to step down after this election and this was further assured by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, but it must done in an orderly manner, both have stressed.

In this connection, the people must be careful so as not succumb to the voices of the oppositions who advocate for drastic change as it is pertinent that peace and progress will prevail in the state. To go for change, they must note that it must come with passion and great responsibility.

Much have been planned and laid out by the Chief Minister in terms of development to ensure that the people of all races will be able to enjoy better living standard and high income economy in the years to come.

The overall development covers good governance, environmental management, more business and jobs opportunities, education, land rights, Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Described as an intense battle between the Barisan Nasional and the opposition alliance, there are 71 seats at stake with 213 candidates slugging it out.