A certain type of politician is always eager to blame others for their failures, but rarely does one who is seeking re-election blame voters.

It is a rule of democratic politics that voters have to be right, since after all they are the boss and the job is in their gift.

BN politicians are awfully keen of course on turning all this on its head and acting like the grand givers towards the humble voters, whom they expect to show grovelling gratitude and burn sacrifices of thanks for their munificence.

However, people know that it was not Zahid who brought development, either through his own money or his own toil.  Whilst Zahid has enjoyed the perks and power of office, the entire world around has been developing too and much of it far faster than  Malaysia (see South Korea/Japan, both far poorer countries in terms of resources).

Were it not for the selfish policies and corruption of Zahid’s party the average Malaysian taxpayer, who has funded all his ‘development policies’ and a lot more besides, would be immesurably better off.

That is why many of the more informed areas in Malaysia have indeed started voting Zahid’s party out.  They owe BN no duty whatsoever. Like any boss they have seen that Zahid and his friends are poor and ineffective employees, who have also been stealing around the house and so they have fired them.

To be accused of being ungrateful is hardly going to attract voters back into hiring them again.

States fell to others because of ungratefulness, says Zahid

The lack of gratitude for those who brought about development and foreign direct investment (FDI) is the reason behind several states falling into the hands of others, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“There were states which we once developed or emerged as developed states, which fell into other’s hands because there is no gratefulness,” he said when officiating a rural development convention in Kuala Lumpur this evening.

“When we urbanised these rural areas, when we transformed these areas, it was costly…(but) the people who benefitted from the development were not thankful to those who made the effort,” he added.

Zahid, however, did not mention the states.

The deputy prime minister said a similar scenario had also occurred in some rural areas and other developed countries.

“We should learn from their mistake, so the same mistake, where we brought in FDI but others claim (credit) after two terms in power, will not repeat itself,” he added.

Zahid said the government would brainstorm ways to balance development issues when dealing with urban poverty and urbanising rural areas.

Meanwhile, Zahid also touched on urban mobility, where 74.7 percent of Malaysians living in urban areas as of 2015, will be increased to 85 percent in 2050.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who shared the stage with Zahid, said the government will come out with a rural development policy to reverse the migration trend.

“The convention was held to gather feedback and input from various parties, especially from rural areas, to formulate the Rural Development Policy for National Transformation 2050 (TN50),” he said.

Ismail added that the government will ensure infrastructure access to all rural areas.


– Sarawak Report