Malaysiakini Letter

Greater check-and-balance needed for the gov't

Stephen Ng  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | Since Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya on May 9, the opposition has been harping on almost everything that the new government tries to implement.

Recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), the cancellation of East-Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and what-have-you, the opposition appears to be harping on every attempt made by the Harapan government to do what is right.

All three BN component parties must realise that being a good opposition, they cannot remain silent like MIC, or like MCA which is too vocal on every good effort that the government seeks to implement.

It is certainly not like Umno Youth who made a hue and cry over Harapan's attempt to recognise the UEC.

Voters are not impressed when the opposition tries to put a wedge on the progress of good governance or any attempt to put things in good order.

Since the opposition has failed to do its check-and-balance, the onus is now on Harapan MPs and members of the media.

Harapan MPs who are backbenchers should now play an active role to check on the government of the day and ensure that no one, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will steer this nation back to where it was during the reign of BN.

The media too plays an important role. They must not be afraid to criticise the government so that they can keep watch over its policies that can be discriminatory to minority groups.

People who have been very vocal such as N Surendran, Latheefa Koya and Eric Paulsen are doing the Harapan government a great favour by watching over its actions. These are the people who will arrest the rot before it turns from bad to worse.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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