Malaysiakini Letter

It's the gov't which should be grateful to the people

Tan Zhong Yan
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As the polls loom closer, politicians try to fish for votes by any means possible.

Recently, politicians from the ruling party keep on reminding the people to be grateful to the BN government.

They tell the people what the government has done for the people all these years, how many schools were built etc.

I don't understand why the people should be grateful to the government.

Doesn't the money used by the government to build schools, infrastructure, etc belong to people?

Do we need to be grateful to ourselves for buying new clothes using our own hard earned money?

Further, all the ministers and all elected representatives should always remember that the salaries and all allowances that they receive every month are from the people's money!

The rakyat is the one who elect them to be MPs and state assemblymen. We are the ones who give them mandate to form the government.

We are the ones who pay their salary. We are the ones who pay for whatever the government builds. So, why do we need to be grateful to the government?

Shouldn't it be the other way round where the government is the one that should be grateful to the people?

It looks like these politicians have forgotten the fact that we the people employ them. Without us, they would not be where they are today.

Therefore, I would like to remind all the elected representatives especially the government to be grateful to the people.

They should fulfill their duties and responsibilities according to the wishes of the people and not betray them through abuse of power, corruption and passing oppressive laws like the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and S.114A of the Evidence Act.

They should always remember that the rakyat has the power to choose the government.

They should not forget the trust that people gave them through the last election.

They should be grateful to the rakyat as the rakyat is the boss.

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