I count this Year of Dog to be a special year because I was born during the year of this animal sign in the Chinese horoscope. No prizes for guessing my age – I’m no longer the frisky young pup but not quite an old hound dog yet!
The Dog personality is said to be loyal and responsible, and they are known to have natural and practical instincts. The dog is truly a man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal and protective of their owners and there are many stories of dogs’ incredible devotion to their masters, even after their masters have passed away. In the villages, especially the Penan villages, the hunting dogs are treated very well, as there is a relationship of interdependence between dog and master. The dogs help the owners to hunt for food, and in turn, they are well taken care of.
As we enter into the Year of the Dog, our country is faced with ever more pressing social and economic problems. In Sarawak one of the major topics of current discussion is the MA63 and how far it has been honoured, or not. The MA63 was entered into based on an understanding of trust and loyalty and it would have been beneficial for both parties had the terms of the agreement been fulfilled. Unfortunately, although we have been loyal to the Federation, having put them in power for the last 55 years, the Federal Government has not been true to the promises made.
The BN parties lost the popular votes in GE13 but held on to power by gerrymandering and devious means – talk about the tail wagging the dog. This year, we will be given the chance to make a change for the better. We must put an end to this government of unbridled kleptocracy and rampant corruption. People are tired of the current government that has lost touch with the common people. The rumblings of discontent are growing louder and louder. The scandal of 1MDB and the many corrupt dealings internationally, such as the FELDA property purchases at grossly inflated prices, have brought shame to us in the international arena. The BN government and the subservient institutions have been trying to put investigators off the scent but nobody is fooled anymore.
The Pakatan Harapan’s new deal offers hope for a new beginning. There is nothing to lose by voting for a PH government, but everything to gain. The governments of Selangor and Penang have shown that the opposition are more than able to govern. With dogged determination, the opposition front has been making steady advances in changing the mindset of the people and the majority of Malaysians now support us. People are ready for a change.
There is a saying that every dog has its day. I believe that the day for Pakatan Harapan will arrive soon. True to the spirit of faithfulness, a PH government will serve the people loyally. Malaysians, and especially Sarawakians deserve better treatment from the people who serve them. This year of the Dog, let us work together to show the world that we can be the Top Dog!
I wish all my Chinese friends a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Xin Nian Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi!
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak
ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan