After Najib called for the defence of Putrajaya at the `million youth gathering’ PKR will organise an election convention to launch its election campaign, complete with campaign slogan `Demi Rakyat’ and a logo, featurung 2 hands overlapping. Since the 2 parties are already stepping out to campaign is not the 13th General Elections already started in fact if not in name? This mirror the similar situation in Sarawak where both sides started campaign at least 1 year ahead of the official campaign period. What are the implications for the voters? Firstly it is money. The campaigning parties will be spending loads of people’s money but in the voters’ name. There was an estimate that BN spent about RM500mil for the Sarawak campaign. There is no estimate on what PR spent. There are a few problems for voters: do the voters approve the huge spending to get their votes? Actually they have no say since they have been returning the big spender party thus far-for over half a century! Thus RM28mil was spent on the million youth gathering for merely providing a campaign paltform for the BN party. Surely such an amount could have been better used if it were not directed for this purpose eg if the money s spent all over the country to run more youth programs.
Secondly the pre-occupation on election campaign actually detract the ruling parties from actually delivering good governance that the voters elected them to do in the first place. The ruling parties are now throwing big money on every oitem as though there is no tomorrow. Eg a Minister of culture reportedly threw millions on an artist function. behind such big spending items there are suspicion that part of them are siphoned off for other party campaign activities. So: what we have is a party elected to keep getting re-elected. For what?
There must be some purpose for the voters funding a government? And the government is not cheap for upkeeping. As it is the government even decide for themselves to spend more than what they can `earn’ from the country. Billions are in arrears each year. Currently the government ask for RM13bil for the next year’s spending. If it were for the country’s development it may make sense. But what if a big chunk went to a party’s election campaign eg RM500mil for the 10th Sarawak state elections, would it make sense to the citizens/voters?
The whole thing become a farce with no purpose, with some political class benefiting at the expense of the people/voters. That is not democracy! Perhaps it is time for the citizens to make their voice heard in the 13th GE: voters reject all vote-buying candidates. We would rather the money ie the public’s fund, to be used for real development. Not for any party to hijack or steal it for their re-election campaigns! Enough is enough!
So with the party campaigns for the 13th GE practically started may be the voters should also embarked on the `Reject vote-buying’ campaign now!