Lately, Dewan Rakyat passed two important Bills, Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) and the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC).The passing of these two bills will certainly correct the misconception held by the public towards these government institutions.
In the past, the rakyat has, to a certain extent, lost confidence in our judiciary system and efforts undertaken by the Anti Corruption Agency (ACA) to fight the corrupt practices deemed to be prevalent rampantly in the public sector.
The passing of the JAC and MACC in Dewan Rakyat by the present government, which lacks 2/3 majority, is said to be a corner stone for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s premiership. Indeed it will be regarded as a signature legacy of Pak Lah in Malaysian politics.
Even the opposition party members, led by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also endorsed the JAC bill with some reservations. This indicates that the changes initiated by Pak Lah to improve the judiciary system is welcomed by the opposition party, a rare scene in Malaysian politics.
The infamous V.K.Lingam video clip issue has exposed the ill practice which has crept silently in the judiciary system. At the same time the rising number of unresolved corruption cases in the past has also caused a great concern to public.. These two major issues of public interest has made public miserable and it has seared the Malaysian psyche very badly , regardless of age , race, religion and income level.
Taking advantage of the poor image of government caused by these two issues, the opposition party launched a relentless efforts to make inroads in the voters heart to vote BN out. Incidently, the rising in prices of the basic house hold needs, has caused unsurmountable pressure on public to vote the opposition in the last 12th General Election which is regarded as a political tsunami by political analyst. BN lost 2/3 majority in Dewan Rakyat.
It is argued covincingly that the voters were strongly influenced by these misconceptions. Nevertheless, with the JAC and MACC bills passed, the rakyat are now assured that the appointment of judges would be carried out in a transparent and fair manner and the ACA is equipped with some strong ‘tooth’ to bite the ‘big fish’ to wipe out corruption in Malaysia without fear or favour.
The passing of JAS and MACC bills are part of Pak Lah’s promises when he took over the helm of government .His initiatives to restore the image of the government institutions will certainly improve and enhance to a greater level of confidence among rakyat on government institutions.
Rakyat fervently hope that all his initiatives which derived from his ‘inner voice’ will gradually but surely will improve the government institutions to serve the rakyat with fairly and justly .
Hence, let us take this opportunity to wish our prime minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi a very good Syabas!