`Opposition is using electoral criticisms to fight BN for votes’ -this is not coming from a BN/UMNO politician but from the Election Commission spokeperson Wan Ahmd. `London riot prove police was right not to allow public protest’-not said by another BN/UMNO politician but by the Deputy IGP Khalid Abu Bakar. Why suddenly the civil servants are at the forefront to defend what are after all policy or political matters? This is the confusion between the civil servants and politicians where the long ruling politicians think that the civil servants are there to do every thing the politicians need -including their governmental/ministerial jobs. If we look further into the statements we may find that the politicians are delegating the jobs to the civil servants for a `good’ reason’ ie the statements are not the most intelligent to make!
Firstly the EC’s statement is certainly not even good for a politcian to make. If the Opposition can make some gain from raising issues of electoral mal-administration the proper response is to defend the appropriateness and legality of the electoral administration. But the politicians never do it and give impression that they insist on handicaps for them to give them unfair advantages. What is not good for politicians to speak out is worse for civil servants. What business has the EC to do to comment on whether some issues will advantage the parties? They are suppose to be neutral to all parties-yet their political leaning make them no less than a divisional spokeperson of a party!
Next the deputy IGP try to retro-actively justify their ban of Bersih rally. Well everyone with an objective eye can see that there was no rioting. ony the police was using force on the peaceful protestors. There is a world of a difference between the peaceful rally by Bersih and the rioting in London. Worse the deputy IGP is blurring over the reason for the rioting: which was sparked off by a police’ shooting of some civilian! Certainly the deputy IGP is taking the position that if the police were to do something inexplicable to the public they don’t have to offer any credible explantion-just like what they do afetr so many civilians died in police custody! From their logic there cannot be any rioting arising from that! Then they blame the rioting on the public protest-but there was no protest in London which flared up into rioting.
So the statements from these civil servants are certainly what intelligent politicians want to make themselves and get caught without answer when questioned by media. So they ask the civil servants to face the public. But do the civil servants need to oblige these politicians on party matters?