Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Campaign

As to day, hundreds of parliamentary candidates have submitted nomination papers in their respective constituencies, marking the start of a two-week campaign. 

Both sides seem to campaign on the premise that voting for the other side means a dubious future. But what I would really like to know is how voting for any side would lead to a bright future. In fact I’d like them to sketch out that bright future for us all, one where we would really be united, working towards some common goals. I’d like to be able to have some hope instead of all the doom and gloom that voting for the ‘wrong’ side will inevitably bring us. 

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the manifestos are shiny brochures that highlight the benefits while conveniently ignoring the pitfalls, but it is exasperating that two sides agree so much to the point that they chose not to address the same issues. It means making a choice based purely on the manifestos a difficult one. In short, both parties seem to want to implement the same policies, it’s just that one says they’re already doing a good job, and the other one disagrees.

After all, if there is so little difference between the manifestos, then at least you should make sure that the people who get in know what they’re doing, either as an implementer, or as a check and balance to ensure quality.

While those two parties campaigning, it's reminded me of a Malay film titled "Dua Kali Lima". The film centered on two competing sewing shop to promote their companies. Competition between Kulup Kecil and Kulup Besar . Respectively lower prices, provide discounts, until finally 'free' (this is just to create humor). The end benefit is that the customer.

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