Friday, March 21, 2008

Why Sharizat shouldn't have lost

Yes its been weeks since the election, but I cannot sit back and not link a post that echo's my feelings on why Sharizat's lost was a shame.

I hope the new minister can fill her shoes but given how well she had done her job wherever possible, I doubt it would be close.

when you have personally seen her help abused women, you will feel the same as I do. Do read the link.

Like I said before this was an election where people voted by party rather than merit.


Anonymous said...

While she may have done a decent job as a minister, she didn't do so well in representing her constituency. I stayed in Pantai Dalam 15 years ago, and the area is still the same -- run down, dirty, bad transportation, neglected and crime-prone. This is totally unacceptable -- after all, "Pantai" isn't just Bangsar where the rich & expats live, but also where common people are trying to raise families.

mob1900 said...

If you check out the article written in support of Sharizat by this 'Child Care Worker' in MalaysiaVotes, you wil noticed this 'Child Care Worker' does not have a real identity, If Sharizat's a saint, why? why wouldn't this 'Child Care Worker' come out and lend his/her name to support her?
'Hantu' supporter kot? lolx

Sashi said...

Yes, she was a fine Minister, no doubt about that. But let's face it, in elections, we don't - and shouldn't - vote for Ministers. We vote for MPs and ADUNs.

As an MP and representative of Lembah Pantai, she (or perhaps more accurately, her staff at Lembah Pantai) were not up to mark. Over-development in the developed areas and under-development in the undeveloped areas marked her time in charge. There were broken promises, and a few shady happenings, all of which contributed to her falling by the wayside.

Perhaps she was collateral damage in the Mar 8 tsunami, but it isn't a case of the wrong person being voted in. We (yes, I'm a Lembah Pantai voter) voted for change in our constituency, not necessarily for change in the Cabinet as it applies to the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

It's just too bad that in our British-inherited political patronage system, the legislature and the executive bodies tend to overlap. Thus losing MPs who used to be Ministers have to give up both roles at the same time. (Contrast that to the American system, where the members of the Executive are not part of Congress).

Besides, a Ministry that is unable to weather the change of its leader couldn't have been run too well previously. I'm sure that is not the case with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, and I hope Dr Ng Yen Yen will succeed in continuing and expanding on the policies set out by her predecessor. Besides, with Sharizat being made Special Advisor to the PM on Women and Social Dev Affairs, she still has much to offer with regards to her previous Ministerial role.

visithra said...

Anon : I’ll address this together with sashi

Mob1900 : about the identity – anon here isn’t using his own identity – you yourself aren’t using your own identity – I’m sure mob is a nickname right?

Errr no one’s calling Sharizat a saint – saints don’t exist

Sashi : your statement contradicts with the general grouses.

I think a role of a candidate should be analysed from all aspects – including their ministerial role or state exco role.

Isn’t samy being ostracized for his irrelevance to the Indians and his botched up work in the works ministry? Though the people in his constituency have been known to be happy with him? The vote against him was for his role as a minister n president of mic

So why is that different from this situation – why shouldn’t her work as a minister be taken into consideration?

Since we’re talking about the American system – how come the opposition fielded 1 candidate for both the state and mp seats? Weren’t there enough candidates in their parties to serve the separate needs of the people?

and once these state and mps are given exco seats – isn’t juggling three political roles a bit too much? This doesn’t even take into account their roles in their respective parties? Will it then be ok if they don’t deliver in one of their roles?

When you complain about the system – ensure the people moving in the system are on the same path as well –

A candidates experience should be more than being someones child, having accompanied said parent on campaigns, recording a controversial video or acting as a dummy candidate.

I can’t comment on what the grouses of lembah pantai ppl are – coz I don’t live there – but I’d like to know what these shady happenings are

We continue claiming that crime rates are increasing – snatch thefts, rape were not so common as it is now – but don’t you think it has something to do with the fact that most ppl are more open to reporting these incidents now as society has evolved into placing less blame on the victims?

I was a snatch theft victim at 8 – that’s some 20 years ago – that incident by the way was never reported – my parents and grandparents can tell you their own share of crime stories that date back 80 – 50 years at least - to me crimes have constantly happened – it just seems larger now with the advent of instant updates and peoples willingness to head out to the police station to make a report, visiting the police station no longer causes a social stigma.

Child kidnapping, missing children due to irresponsible parents or irresponsible children – have all continued to happen throughout the years – im sure you remember the child trafficking cases that used to take place – kids being sold as beggars

Do you remember how many beggars used to be loitering around kl? Remember how pudu station used to be their prime location – do we see those anymore?

Lets talk about social divide – why it exists - I help out a childrens home and you know sometimes I don’t pity those single mothers coz they are the reason their children are deprived from a normal life (not all are similar cases but most are)

they have their first kid as early as 14, have another in a span of 2 years and then have a few more with different men – not only don’t the siblings acknowledge their own half blood siblings – the mother who was probably abandoned by her 2 or 3 rd husband again – is incapable of supporting the familys finance – so the children get shipped to welfare – and what happens when they turn 15 – the same mothers who abandoned their children try to take them back – n we see them selling stuff on the streets n restaurants to support their family!

Not enough that they caused their own downfall – they’re bringing down their children as well! When you can’t support your own self financially coz u were too busy getting pregnant at 14 how can you support 6 children????

Where will these children go? Who do they become? They become the uneducated deprived society who waits for help since they don’t believe in working for a living – since their parents weren’t good examples anyway – who eventually might turn into criminals

Do you know how frustrating it is to see children on the streets – how you wish you could slap some sense into these parents – or in a more cruel way – sterilize them so they won’t give birth to children who could end up abandoned?

I know I’ve gone off topic – but when you say shady happenings – I can’t help but pinpoint the ills of our society -

sashi said...

I cannot represent the views of other people, including those who live in Sg Siput.

I only explained why I, at least, voted for Nurul Izzah. I just wanted someone to represent me better.

Granted, this is due to the failings of the system, including the concept that MPs have become longkang MPs.

Frankly speaking, if we had an elected Local Govt in Lembah Pantai, Sharizat would probably still be our MP.

And when I say shady happenings, I refer to development issues around Lembah Pantai (including Bangsar) that are murky, convoluted, and completely not transparent.

(I'm not referring to social ills, which is happening all over the country, and which I'm not blaming on my previous MP.)

Nurul Izzah's campaign picked up on this. Sharizat's didn't respond.

As voters, we can only vote based on the information at hand. And the information we had - with first hand experience - pointed to major problems with the people in power.

We do not have the power to pick Ministers. In fact, it is somewhat presumptuous to assume Sharizat would stay as Women, Family and Community Development Minister, wouldn't you agree? She could have gone on to another Ministerial post. Maybe not this term, but perhaps the next.

Sure, I was delighted Samy was kicked out. Perhaps the voters there felt they had to the job the PM couldn't bring himself to do. But comparing Sg Siput to Lembah Pantai is a stretch.

It's different worlds. It's easy to start generalising and try to put the results of the elections in a simple easy-to-define category, but the fact is that is not the case.

I voted against Sharizat for reasons that have to do with Lembah Pantai, and not because of her role as a Minister.

In any case, as mentioned in my previous comment, she may not be Minister, but she still yields considerable influence. I wouldn't start mourning her departure from the scene, cos really, she hasn't. ;)

And for Nurul Izzah, if she doesn't perform in the next 5 years, you can be sure we won't be voting her back in - irrespective of who her daddy is.