Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Day of Infamy - Constitutional Rule and Law Down the Toilet Bowl - A Shameful Display of Arrogance and Lust for Power

By Matthias Chang
Friday, 08 May 2009 00:03

As expected and as warned by me, the events leading to the convening of the Perak State Assembly yesterday can only be described as disgraceful. It was a display of our elected representatives’ despicable conduct without precedent in our country’s history.


I pray and hope that in any future elections, all the elected representatives, without exception, who have disgraced our constitution today will be rejected by the electorate and cast into the rubbish heap of history.

May each and every one be condemned as hooligans, pariahs, men and women without a shred of honour!

The representatives of both sides of the political divide have by their actions destroyed what every citizen hold dear – constitutional rule and law.

It was a mockery of constitutional government and the country will pay a heavy price for this arrogant display of lust for power.

Perak DUN Speaker YB V. Sivakumar being dragged out of the Dewan by
plaincloth policemen and others state apparatus hooligans

If it is correct that police personnel entered the august chambers of the Perak State Assembly to forcefully remove the Speaker, it is a black day for democracy and constitutional rule and law.


It is clear that the leadership of the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat has failed and humiliated the country when they planned and executed their diabolical schemes to retain political power.

I hoped that political maturity would prevail, but it is apparent that my confidence in our political leaders from both sides of the political divide has been misplaced.

If there is one lesson to be drawn from this ugly and disgraceful episode, it is that the political leaders are all power hungry and will resort to any means fair and foul to hang on to power.

They do not deserve our trust and support.

I therefore appeal to all Malaysians to send a clear message to the leaders of Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat that we reject their unbridled lust for power and their crass means to achieve it.

I call upon all Malaysians to consider and work towards the formation of a government led by leaders that have not been infected with the disease that have afflicted the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat.

Since March 2008, many Malaysians took the view that maybe with the Pakatan Rakyat having captured 5 state governments, there would be a viable “two party system” to ensure that constitutional government would be further enhanced and sustained in our unique multi-racial and multi-religious society.

On this day of infamy, our faith and hopes for such a future has been shattered.

We must find another way, to seek new paradigms that would better suit the demands and needs of our society and country.

I have no illusions that the road ahead will be arduous and full of pitfalls.

The last five years of misrule by the Badawi regime have been bad enough but to witness the ugly and shameful destruction of constitutional government yesterday by the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat is the last straw and my patience and tolerance have run out. These politicians have crossed the forbidden red line.

Enough is enough!

Starting today, we have about three years to bring about meaningful change.

Let us all come together and kick out all these power crazy politicians so that we can chart a new course for our country.

Where and how do we begin?

For a start, our first step, we must set up a network of concerned citizens.

It will take time and effort, but it can be done. Have faith in the collective power of the people. These corrupt rascals can and must be swept away.

Let this website be the focal point. Once you have registered, we will have a data bank from which we can harness our collective strength and launch our movement for a Malaysia:

Free of the Barisan Nasional power structures.

Free of the Pakatan Rakyat power structures.

Free of religious intolerance and bigotry.

Free of racism and chauvinism.

Free of extremism.

Free of corruption.

Free to realise our fullest potential.

If you share this simple vision, let us get together and work towards a better future for our children and our children’s children.

God bless you all.

Matthias Chang

This Appeal is solely my responsibility.

I do not represent or write on behalf of anyone but myself in making this call.

If you share my disgust and utter contempt for all those politicians, join me.

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