Saturday, October 21, 2006


I always wondered why some people want to build a 'istana' similar to the Sultans residence - is it to show-off they are much more powerful than the rulers. If it was from their sweat, then one should be proud of ones achievement. But of late, it has been widely reported that an assemblyman Datuk Zakaria @ Zainal Mohamed Deros from Klang in Selangor had build a 'mahligai', like a 'istana' without the permission of the local council. The four storey construction is almost complete. It was further reported that the Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo informed that Zakaria would be fined 10 times the RM2,400 planning fee. But since he had failed to adhere to numerous appeal request, why impose a fine. The government should without any further delay DEMOLISH the construction to show that no one is above the law and also to embarrass Zakaria for not following the proper procedure. Will the government do this? If it was a normal rakyat, the council would have used their powers to demolish the construction without any second thoughts.

In another development, it was also reported that 3 family members of Zakaria's family were also nominated to be councillors to the local council, as though there are no eligible candidates from the area who could fill the place but except for his son, Zainuri and daughter-in-law, Roselinda Abdul Jamil. The oath taking ceremony had been postponed so that the UMNO leadership could decide further on the matter. From these, one can gather the power of Barisan Nasional, more so UMNO Assemblyman and elected representatives have over the running of the government machinery. Everyone needs to listen to them or will be removed. They seem to be above the law. Now we have laws for the rich and powerful, next for the rulers and lastly, for the poor rakyat, who are always the victims of the laws even if they are innocent.

But one need to ask how did this assemblyman get that much of money to build this 'mahligai'. All of us know the answer, you mean to say that the law enforcers and the government is ignorant. CORRUPTION is the only answer I can think of. It was reported the ACA had started investigations. The rakyat knows that the ACA is just a mere puppet, nothing is going to be revealed.

But what can we the poor rakyat do. Just make some noise and it will soon be brushed away. The matter will be resolved the Barisan Nasional way. Tutup mata.

Just witnessing this simple matter, should awaken the rakyat. They need to use their POWER when the polls is called.