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Yoursay: Politics 101 for Harapan – there's a difference between party and gov’t

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YOURSAY | ‘Money from the federal government is people's money, not Pakatan Harapan's.’

Senator claims he did not threaten village chiefs but here's the audio

Pemerhati Bebas: Same old, same old. When will the politicians ever learn to differentiate between the party and the government?

Money from the federal government is people's money, not Pakatan Harapan's.

When are these people going to start talking about development plans, economic and social upliftment of society instead of issuing threats, implied or otherwise, to get votes?

If this is the best Harapan can offer as senator, then he is no better than those from BN.

Anonymous 770241447347646: This definitely sounds like a threat. It should be taken seriously if Harapan wants to show that they are different.

The logical decision should be to remove him from his political position. It may be a hard decision, but necessary to prove that you mean business.

Nobody should be involved in threats, vote-buying or even encouraging the giving of certain positions to anybody for their support.

This will help to stop all forms of abuse in future election campaigns.

Kangkung: If you were to read the whole context of senator Bob Manolan Mohd's speech, his 'sokong' (support) sounded like he was talking about 'supporting' the Harapan government's way of doing things and what the ‘tok batin’ have to do to work as community leaders.

Of course, it could be construed as 'supporting' Harapan as in a political party as well.

Most importantly, he told the Orang Asli leaders that they have to take care of the welfare of their people. He reminded them to bring forward the grievances of the kampung to the government and not just accept a monthly pay cheque without doing anything.

Whatever it is, I still think that what Bob Manolan said pales in comparison to how things were done during the Umno regime.

However, two wrongs don't make a right, so Bob Manolan has to apologise for the way he put things.

Isildur: I commend Harapan for taking us into Malaysia Baru. This senator does not adhere to the Malaysia Baru spirit and Harapan should reprimand or sack him forthwith.

Lodestar: This PKR senator really screwed up big time. But he was only trying to pull in the votes. It's just sad that he used such questionable tactics.

I think he should be counselled rather than pilloried. After all, it's the first time that any of them have tasted power. The party and government should set clear guidelines.

Caring Citizens of Malaysia: I never thought BN might win the by-election seat, but with Bob Manolan’s one speech, the tide has totally turned.

Unless DAP comes up with a strategy, this seat is as good as gone. If I were Umno, I would immediately ask the BN candidate to come out and give a rousing speech which says that no matter what, they won’t abandon the interests of the Orang Asli, et cetera.

At this moment, the seat is definitely turning to favour BN now, by at least 20 percent.

Proarte: What a terrible insult to the Orang Asli. Clearly, Harapan has no respect for their democratic right to choose a representative of their choice.

How different is this to the modus operandi of BN's Najib Abdul Razak- "You help me, I help you"?

No salaries, posts if you don't back Harapan, senator warns Orang Asli chiefs

Oscar Kilo: Why are Harapan representatives talking like the old Umno/BN administration?

It is time for new thinking. People must be free to choose their elected representative. You can’t force or coerce them. If you do, then you are no better than Umno/BN.

Lovemalaysia2: My goodness. However well-intentioned, this is just like the BN days.

Time for Orang Asli leaders to be elected by communities, and a fixed salary to be given irrespective of who is in government.

Abasir: Instead of jetting about to tell foreigners about his journey "to hell and back", PKR president Anwar Ibrahim should spend some time at home schooling his party members about what not say in public.

Seriously, don't PKR representatives have guidelines on campaigning? Especially given the fact that many of them are not the sharpest knives in the drawer?

Worldly Wise: Senator Bob Manolan spoke with candour, but without honour.

The village chiefs have perhaps been told that they are paid by BN. But actually, they are paid by the rakyat for the work they do, not for canvassing for the ruling party.

Cogito Ergo Sum: Harapan, you are already handicapped by self-inflicted wounds. Now you inflict another own goal. You deserve to lose, Harapan. You do not deserve to administer this nation.

Despite all that has happened in the past, you copy and paste Umno’s playbook of dirty political tactics. You are fast wearing out your welcome, Harapan. Very fast.

He belittled us! Orang Asli chiefs skewer senator over threat

MW: I voted for Harapan for the past three elections and I totally agree with the Orang Asli sentiment.

First, the kuih comments from none other than the candidate, and now this. It took Harapan only seven months to be as arrogant and out of line as BN. This will teach them a lesson.

In fact, a win for Harapan is bad for Malaysia, as it will make them feel invincible and untouchable, like how Umno felt prior to GE14. Everyone knows what happens after that.

Ravinder: Does this not amount to 'criminal intimidation'? If it is not legitimate to sack someone from his post if he does not support your party, or not to pay his salary, isn't that a crime for depriving someone of his rights by the use of unlawful means?

The EC has to rise to the occasion and act without fear or favour. There is no need to wait for someone to lodge a report before opening a case file. ‘Tunggu apa lagi’ (What more are you waiting for)?

Berani Kerana Benar: The race to outdo each other by putting a foot in the mouth is on. Currently, PKR’s Bob Manolan leads DAP’s M Manogaran by quite a gap.

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