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Friday, April 3, 2009

Carrot Before Stick, Umno Style

The maiden speech of each and every PM is always heartening with lots of gestures and goodies. najib is no different. He announced the release of 13 ISA detainees and the lifting of the suspension on the two publications, Suara Keadilan and Harakah.

Everyone is jumping with joy and praising him for his good deeds. What is so great about it, may I ask. In the first place they have no reason whatsoever to detain them under the ISA and for banning the Suara Keadilan and Harakah publications.

If he is truly sincere about correcting what had been abuse of power by umno/bn all these while, he must abolish the ISA and free the press with immediate effect and not by giving piece meal nuggets just to please the people.

I am happy for the families of the released detainees but am not thanking najib for releasing them. We know him too well to believe that he will carry on further to make changes. We know that what he is doing now is to get the voters to swing back to umno/bn for the coming by elections.

We must not make the same mistake in believing umno/bn words and the carrot they constantly thrown at us whenever they need our support over the past 50 years. We must continue our struggle to have a strong opposition to ensure that they carried out their promises and to scrutinize their level of sincerity that call for genuine reform, and not just crowd-pleasing policies.

But the best solution to tame them is still to go for change of Government.

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