The further away GE13, the more time for goodies
Naturally, the election date remains anyone's guess with speculation rife among the commentators, opposition politicians and the alternative media.
This speculation has been going on since early 2012 and they are still pressing hard for the answer to this one million dollar question.
Legally speaking, as the 12th parliamentary mandate expires on April 28, 2013, the Election Commission will be forced to hold an election within 60 days thereafter, thus being June 27, 2013.
I choose June 23, 2013, a Sunday, allowing many registered voters to make their way to polling booths at their convenience.
There has been a lot of pressure by the opposition and the alternative media to call for an early election whether for political reasons or otherwise.
As for the ruling government, they are maximising the window period to dish out as much goodies as it can to make it favorable to them, whereas the opposition is rushing it so that they can be in power.
For the general public, two months or four months more is not going to make such drastic difference to their wellbeing as long as the voters have all the opportunities to weigh the scale on what efforts have been taken to address the woes of the community.
Surely we all acknowledge that the ruling government has been the devil whereas the opposition seems to be the darling boy of the future.
Yet whether it is the devil or the darling who rules, what is the harm in waiting for another four months to gain as much as possible from these politicians as well as to see whether they are truly for the people, or for themselves.
As we all know, these politicians are only seen around when the election is around.
These politicians, whether BN or Pakatan, have a tendency to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, or next year, and then explain afterward why it all did not happen.
I am sure we are mature enough to understand that the politicians are rarely truthful in their objectives for the community but rather are focused on the results of the election and the power that comes with it.
So, what is the rush for us, the community, for an election? Let the politicians dish out the goodies and make all the promises that we can haunt them for, if they can't fulfill them.
Let's squeeze them dry for the best we can get for the community; after all it's an opportunity that only arises once every five years.
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