The recent arrest of our citizens who protested the latest hike in toll rates shows that our government will resort to brute force to end the right of decent Malaysians to make their voice heard when their bread and butter are affected.
Not only that, those brave souls who had the audacity of revealing the one-sided contracts between our toll operators and the government is being hauled up by the police for ' interviews' and might face jail sentence if the attorney-general decide to follow the works minister's recommendation that those who reveal OSA materials should be prosecuted.
Somehow one gets the feeling that the present regime, after getting a huge mandate in 2004, is getting its priorities wrong. Instead of working for the common people who elect them to office, the present government seems to be beholden to big business tycoons and lobbyists who build huge projects with one-sided agreement which only benefit them and their cohorts.
If the projects failed like the MRR2, just get the government to fund another RM70 million to rectify the mistake - no one need to be held accountable. This fiasco, like others, has been swept under the carpet. While huge corporations reap millions in profits every year, the poor are 'rewarded with' big increases in food, petrol and daily expenses which eat in their monthly budget.
The ironic part is that come the next general elections, the present regime will still hold power as the rural folks are not as savvy as the urban folks in detecting our present leaders abuse of power to make them, their families and cronies rich beyond their wildest dream. It will be a tough call for the opposition's parties to make a big dent in the huge majority of BN parties, as their well-oiled machineries, with all the government assets at their disposal, will be the proverbial King David versus Goliath fight.
Not forgetting those big business tycoons who benefit from the present regime's close friendship will pour in huge sums of money to the present regime in order to make sure the present government remain in office comes the next general elections in order to safeguard their business interest.
Hopefully, in the next general elections, decent Malaysians will see all the deceit and foul play by our scrubby politicians who has taken us for a ride in the last few years and vote to keep the corrupt and incompetence out of office in the next polls. We owe it to our children and grandchildren who will face economic nightmares in the future if the present lot who are corrupt to the core still remain in office.
Let the oppositions parties get their act together and make sure the present regime doesn't win a two-third majority in parliamentary and state seats in the next polls in order for them not to abuse their power for personal gains. Failing which, we are heading the way of other failed third world states, which are falling into the abyss due to weak leadership and endemic corruption.