Can we see the forest for the trees?

Posted on May 24, 2011

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“Can’t see the forest for the trees”.

This idiom is usually used when expressing that a person is focusing too much on specific problems and is missing the point.

For example, when someone threatens to organise protests on the streets of our beloved Sarawak, to call for our Chief Minister to step down, I believe the issue we should be focusing on is actually the protests, and not on the call for our Chief Minister to step down from office.

I thought I wouldn’t have to bring up this issue again, but when I saw the story yet again gracing the covers of today’s The Borneo Post (see story below), I just couldn’t help myself.

I don’t blame the newspapers for angling the story like that, they need to sell copies. I understand that.

And I don’t blame the DUN Speaker, in this case, for saying the things that he did say, because he’s probably answering questions thrown him by the media at that particular time. I understand that too.

My point is we should not be terribly upset that someone, in this case it’s the leader of a shadowy movement called Movement for Change, Sarawak (or MoFoCS, as I like to call it), is calling for our Chief Minister to step down from office.

However, we should be very upset that the leader of MoFoCS wants to disrupt the peace and unity and stability of our beloved State, just so that he and his unknown supporters and financial backers from who-knows-where can do as they please.

I say forget about the aims of this shadowy movement and instead let’s focus on the immediate threat it poses on the peace and stability of our beloved State of Sarawak.

This shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak (with its questionable financial backers and supporters) actually wants us NOT to have peace and harmony, even after our people have spoken through the ballot papers just over a month ago.

This shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak (led by its bitter political “never-was” and some of his political “has-been” cheerleaders and backers) actually WANTS to see us turn into people known only by the colour of our shirts, such as the Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts of Thailand.

This shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak says it wants to call for “peaceful” protests, but as we’ve seen on our TV sets, that’s not what we will likely get with protests on our streets.

This shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak probably saw the Arab Spring on Al-Jazeera and thought it could capitalise on the situation in the Middle East.

However, this shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak refuses to acknowledge that we just had our peaceful State Election last month and the people have spoken and more importantly the people have moved on with their lives.

That goes for me too.

I have to move on and stop talking about this shadowy Movement for Change, Sarawak lest I be accused of pouring petrol to try to put out this fire.

How The Borneo Post is treating the fire:

Demand a serial comic sideshow

Posted on May 24, 2011, Tuesday

State Legislative Assembly Speaker says MoCS has no locus standi to ask Taib to step down

KUCHING: Losers in the recent state election do not have any rights, legitimacy nor the authority to demand for the resignation of the victors.

In  view  of a recent demand by Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) for Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Dato Sri Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar clarified that only Taib and PBB had the final say on such matters.

This was due to the fact that in the April 16 polls PBB won all the seats it contested and the state BN won more than two-thirds of the 71 seats in the DUN.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a briefing session for newly-elected people’s representatives here yesterday, Asfia said the question of asking Taib to step down  had  never arose  within  the  PBB  ranks.

“Losers do not have these rights as the election was held in a democratic, free and fair manner based on the Westminster Parliamentary Model from the UK.”

Asfia added that in any civilised societies, let alone in a country with fair democratic practices, no loser should demand the resignation of the victor or burn the doctrine of mandate in the street.

“Losers should also not threaten the state capital with mass demonstration, jeopardising the city with anarchy and endangering Kuching with flames,” said Asfia in response to MoCS’s threat to hold a demonstration if Taib does not step down by Aug 13.

Further explaining the process, Asfia said in the event of a succession plan the chairman of PBB (Taib) shall convene a meeting of Parliamentary caucus comprising DUN members, MPs and senators in consultation with the state BN component members to find the right successor.

The Head of State would then be informed of the choice to enable him to exercise his prerogative under Article 6 (3)(A) of the constitution which stated; “the Head of State can appoint a member of the Dewan (DUN) who, in his judgment, is likely to command the confidence of the majority of its members.”

Asfia dismissed ideas that the election process based on the US presidential election system would yield a different result.

“We must differentiate between the parliamentary democracy and the American (US) presidential system which is based on the ‘one-on-one’ popular votes.

“Even based on these popular votes, the BN would still win the election. The 2011 state polls recorded 55.3 per cent popular votes for the BN which translated to 55 out of 71 seats. There is a distinction between the parliamentary and presidential system.”

In addition,  he  advised the public not to be disrupted by the ‘serial comic sideshows’ during this period as the ‘real show’ would be the upcoming DUN sitting.

He added  that  should such comic sideshows happened and became very serious with threats and possible violent acts then the law should take its course against all those involved.

“This would go down strict on the ‘choreographers’ and ‘puppeteers’ who manipulated on some of the gullible members of the public.”