21 November, 2007

Bersih wants 21 days for campaign before GE is nonsense.

I don't pick sides. Lets put that fact straight. Both sides have to admit that sometimes both sides can be really dumb, reckless, inconsiderate and lack common gumption at one point or another. I bet my money on it if Bersih wants a transparent election. Now that is really for the good of the whole nation but the demand to have 21 days to campaign simply makes no sense.

My argument on why it is not is that politics is not like a movie premier and promotion. It is about consistencies of policies backed up by actions. You don't promote and give out campaign speeches and go on a road tour like a rock band over a fix schedule. Although it has potential to be really entertaining it is still not like trying to sell tickets and albums.

Bersih is suppose to fight for a fair election thus as fair as it can be the campaign should be as short as possible. Even better if there is no campaign at all~ Let us imagine how much would a campaign cost. Mind you the simple equation is that the longer the campaign the higher probability it is for corruption to flourish~ The longer the campaign the more money is wasted on just talk as well as "Cuti-cuit Malaysia".

Have you ever though of the mess left behind after the GE? Posters litter the streets...flags on poles left behind to rot on trees and buildings. The use of plastic which are not bio-degradable and paper that consumes trees. Imagine a nominee gets up on stage and start preaching and promising of reforms on better waste management, energy conservation, protecting mother nature but at the end of it all they do not clean up after their own junk. Ironic?

21 days of campaigning would cause severe tension among contesting parties. C'mon we all know you bugger politicians are just fronting a smile and make as if you know us. Heck....if you are in fact doing your job well we would know you without the need for your people to put up posters of your annoying face everywhere. If you are pretty or handsome at least it will not be a sight for sore eyes. But lets face it....majority of politicians are ugly. They make it worse by printing it only in party colours. Blue face, green face, red face....I would rather have no face.

So don't be ridiculous. You prats want a few weeks for campaigning? Enter a reality TV show....AF should suit you people perfectly since both have the same principles. Singing so so ~ Face no commercial value ~ Just an over rated shindig that saps resources and causes wastage of emotions and make braincells pretty much redundant.







5 comments:

shag said...

A longer campaign period might actually cost less because the candidate has more time to reach his voters by door to door campaigns & speeches.

Whereas in a short campaign period, the candidate has to rely on more costly mass media methods (posters, flags, postal drops, advertisements etc) because there is no other way to reach voters..

Rauff said...

Posters and flags are provided by each party to their candidates~ what is not provided everything and anything else more than that~ The manpower~ Food~ Cartons of cigarettes...etc.

It is our political culture here of receiving something for the tiniest of things.

anak perelih said...

your opinion is true and correct if and only if.. our media is fair to all and opposition media like harakah and seruan keadilan are allowed to be published at least twice a week to compete the pro BN media. For people to judge the competing parties, they need a balanced info which is now non existance the country. Thus to counter the pro BN media, more campaign period is needed. Don't assume everybody in the country now got access to internet or alternative media...

BTW... the manpower cost, ie Food~ Cartons of cigarettes...etc is most of the time only applies to BN camp. Opposition manpower mostly are volunteers and some donate their own money to cover "belanja kawan kawan di markas makan" or "pakat pakat bawak serba sikit"...

Rauff said...

Sorry, there seems to be a slight misunderstanding. I was not entirely referring to the opposition. In fact I am referring to both sides of the camp. Either way if one gets their way it would only be fair for the other to get it too. From my post you can actually determine which parts are more reflected to which side. I just didn't want to mention specifics....they should know who they are. Siapa makan cili, dialah terasa pedas.

Trashed said...

If 21 days is too long, then what is the right time frame ?

Perhaps this should be a permanent fixture in Malaysian elections and maybe even included as a Constitutional amendment. This then, is fair to all sides whether it is 21, 14 or 7 days or whatever.