OUR VOTERS ARE BEING KEPT HAPPY AS ELECTION GETS CLOSER, WITH MORE GOODIES DISHED OUT; THERE WILL BE SMILES ALL AROUND, BUT NAJIB NEEDS TO DELIVER ON HIS PROMISES
COMMENT: The announcement was eagerly awaited.
When it was made that oil and gas would now be under full control of the state, there was much relief and happiness from the Sarawakians.
Sarawak under state-owned company called PETROS would now be given full regulatory authority of the upstream, downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry.
The opposition parties are of course not impressed as they see it as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s attempt to secure Sarawak’s loyalty to Barisan Nasional (BN) in the polls due by August.
PETROS is allowed to earn its own revenues directly rather than relying solely on the cash payments.
Sabah and Sarawak are getting only 5% royalty from PETRONAS for their oil resource.
And it was agreed that PETRONAS’ ongoing works in Sarawak involving 60 oil and gas producing fields would not be affected.
Of course there are technicalities involved; some people contend that as long as the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) and the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) are still on the statute books, whatever is promised is nothing but political rhetoric.
The government side would say it was the real deal and the opposition would of course disagree.
Then, it doesn’t really matter much. At long last what’s wrong has been corrected somewhat.
Of course everybody wants to know when Sabah’s turn is, even though the state government has some kind of arrangements with PETRONAS in the sector.
Are we going to get what Sarawak gets?
Many people are saying because UMNO is here, nothing is going to happen.
The state government will play dumb.
They instead have been focusing on local issues that will keep the natives happy.
Kiulu has been turned into a sub district, land titles have suddenly appeared from the slow moving Land and Survey Department to those who have been waiting a lifetime for them.
The goodies are coming out and fast too, the feel good factor is definitely being created.
Our voters are being kept happy and as election gets closer, with more goodies dished out, there will be smiles all around.
We should not forget though what Najib has been promising us every time he comes here.
Our rights under MA63 would be given back, he had said over and over; that we are not even paying attention to it anymore.
Najib needs to deliver on his promises.
And Musa needs to nudge and wink at him. What is due to Sarawak is due to Sabah too.
Make it happen soonest. We can’t wait.
ARE THE PEOPLE REALLY BOTHERED WITH MANIFESTOS? TO THE AVERAGE VOTER AS LONG THE GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE THEIR LIFE BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, THEY ARE MORE THAN HAPPY
It is the time of the season.
Political parties are coming out with their manifestos.
Local based Gabungan Sabah launched their 15-point manifesto last week in front of a strong crowd.
A few days ago Pakatan Harapan came out with theirs, emphasising how they would handle issues like the Felda folks, the Indian underclass, women, youth and the aging population.
The stand out issues would be the abolition of GST and the promise to limit the Prime Minister and Chief Minister to two terms in office.
Of course the government people saw the manifesto as not realistic or fresh; “sweet promises” even.
And according to them their own manifesto would be something “exciting” when it is launched.
Are the average voters really bothered with manifestos? How many items promised in the last elections have actually been delivered?
To them as long the government can make their life better than yesterday, they are more than happy.
If GST is the burden as many see it, then get rid of it. And get it replaced with something that is more bearable for them.
While manifestos are part and parcel of the election process where promises have to be made in advance; at the end of the day, no matter how exciting and fanciful it may be, what do the voters want?
They want to see good governance and do not wish to see politicians’ fingers in the till as widely alleged and reported now.
Politics is a form of public service and not a ticket to riches, unless we really want to see the country ruined.
Every citizen wants to see the country prosper and move to the next level and politicians are duty bound to see that happens.
And none of the self-serving business. That’s so old school.
It cannot be business as usual in these days and age.