Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PKR, doing a fine job of crushing dreams

By W. Fernandez

Dear PKR leaders,
I am a Selangor resident who unashamedly and proudly voted for PKR in the last two general elections.
I voted for reforms, a better Selangor and a “new Malaysia” after being sick and tired of the UMNO brand of politics.
Today after six years, my fellow voters in Selangor will agree that many of us are disillusioned with the state of affairs both in Selangor and within PKR.

The party’s many incidences of infighting, the practice of nepotism, the abuse of power among their power crazy leaders and the sheer lack of strategy and direction have left many voters wondering what happened to their dream of change that was promised.
The Kajang Move was an excellent example of a poorly thought through strategy. It was doomed to fail from the start. This is a typical case of a blind “de facto leader” who only seems to be promoting his personal interests while indulging in self-glorification.
Whilst the prudent financial management of the state’s coffers is commendable, the irony is that the Menteri Besar has failed to address basic issues that matter most to voters.
Poor rubbish collection, water shortages, increases in the costs of living, poor public transportation, clogged drains and filthy eateries are just some of the issues voters face on a daily basis.
Many voters today concede that their vote for PKR was a mistake as they have been forced to put up with a ‘comedy of errors’ literally, with the operative word here being ‘errors’, in the last one year.
The writing on the wall is clear.
Unless PKR has the political will to reform itself and address critical issues affecting the daily lives of the people of Selangor, it can rest assured it will not retain power in the next elections.
This would be extremely sad as many of us in the state had pinnned our hopes on CHANGE.
Let me conclude with a thought-provoking quote from President Abraham Lincoln that should serve as a reminder to our leaders from both sides of the political divide.” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

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