(Bagan, Thursday): The Bukit Antarabangsa landslide in Kuala Lumpur, putting at risk the lives, safety and comfort of some 10,000 residents in the area is the latest example of the lack of good governance in the country, which Malaysians must put high on the national agenda in the next general election.
After the 1993 Highland Towers collapse disaster which killed 48 people, there could be no excuse for government inaction to prevent a recurrence of a similar disaster, especially as the Science, Technology and Environment Minister, Datuk Law Hieng Ding, has publicly admitted that the government had anticipated the possibility of lanslides in hilly areas such as Bukit Antarabangsa and yet the government did nothing beyond noting and anticipating such a possibility!
Other examples of the lack of good governance under the Barisan
Nasional government are:
This is why good governance is one of the four issues on which the DAP is co-operating with other Opposition parties, like PAS, Parti Keadilan Nasional and Parti Rakyat Malaysia in the coming general election, together with other issues like justice, freedom and democracy.
The co-operation of the Opposition parties creates the promise that for the first time in Malaysian political history, it is possible to smash the Barisan Nasional political hegemony by ending its uninterrupted two-thirds parliamentary majority - and pave the way for a more vibrant and healthier parliamentary democracy and civil society.
The Barisan Nasional is aware of the serious challenge mounted by the Opposition parties and this is why they would be going all out to break Opposition co-operation as well as to undermine the Opposition parties individually.
The DAP will at various times be accused of being anti-Malay, anti-Indian and even anti-Chinese.
In view of the high stakes involved if the mould of political hegemony is destroyed in the next general election, even though the Barisan Nasional continues to form the next government, the next general election is probably going to be the most dirty in Malaysian electoral history - even more dirty than the 1990 general election, when the then Semangat 46 President Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was falsely accused of having sold out the Malay race and betrayed the Islamic faith for purportedly wearing a Kadazan headgear with a Christian "cross"!
If the Barisan Nasional "dirty tricks" department could be so unprincipled and cruel with Tengku Razaleigh, who was at one time UMNO National Vice President and is now back in UMNO as one of the hopefuls to be the future Prime Minister, what "dirty tricks" could not be played against the Opposition in the next election just to save the Barisan Nasionalís political hegemony and two-thirds parliamentary majority?