As reported in Malaysiakini VoxPopuli, ‘The reasons given for shelving the monorail and Porr projects in Penang are less than convincing and will make Penangites more determined to change the federal government.’
I cannot stop from laughing after reading it. It seems that Penangites will have to start to learn living in an opposition state. Kelantan have long live with it, and Terengganu tried once, then that they decided once is enough. Let us see, should Penangites is up to the pressure.
As commented by the reader of Malaysiakini, Leo Lim: The reported shelving of the Penang Outer Ring Road (Porr) and the monorail projects in Penang by the federal government shows the ‘power’ of the federal government in controlling development of the states in Malaysia.
Well, you see, it is always the federal government who will call the shot, while the state government only deals with land, religious and local matters.
A State government cannot function properly without working together with the Federal government due to the fact that Malaysia is a Federalism country.
Another Malaysiakini's reader commented, Peter Ooi: I am wondering whether we, the Penang people, do really belong to the nation called Malaysia. If we really are not, then kindly allow us to pay our income tax to the Penang government.
Tough luck Peter! Taxes are paid to the Federal government.
I bet you thatyou will not get special treatment like Sabah and Sarawak, due to that there are not many BN MPs from the state. (Well at least not many leaping frogs). BN is seriously thinking of a strategy to wrestle back Penang from DAP, and I think it will be a possibility.
We got to remember that Penang consist of the Island and Seberang Perai. Penang Island maybe a bastion of DAP but Seberang Perai, with substantial voters from the Malays community may stop voting for PAS or PKR in next election.
In it current conditions, the DAP dominated governments in Penang and Perak, together with PAS (Kedah) and PKR (Selangor), may (I say may) only survive a term each.
Things are not going as rosy as promised, while internal bickering between the loosely parties are not stopping. People are tired of rhetoric and promised, people want action!
At this juncture, most of the supporters (or even their leaders) are skeptical of each other. DAP claims that PAS will join UMNO and PKR will eventually re-join UMNO. While most Malays are terrified at DAP's Malaysian Malaysia concept.
In a nutshell, If DAP, PAS and PKR can't perform, PR federal government will be just a dream.