Santa Claus in once again back in Malaysia; this time in Manek Urai. And having to arrive in the scorching heat of the Kelantan weather, must have taken its toll on Santa who is only accustomed to the cold winter of the Nordic region. This time around Santa Claus will be distributing free school uniforms and bags to more than 6,000 students; with the courtesy of the Education Ministry, and just prior to the by-elections scheduled this July 14th 2009.
In the previous by-elections in Kuala Trengganu, the Education Ministry had promised computers and laptops to students, and I wonder how many students actually received it. In other by-elections, roads were resurfaced, sawing machines and bicycles were handed out, and not forgetting the kain pelekat for the elders. I just wonder why such extreme generosity; and of all times prior to a by-election.
I find it most hilarious and odd for free school uniforms and bags to be distributed to students at this time of the year. Usually, school uniforms and bags will be purchased around the close of the year, and just before the first school term begins. I would have welcomed the government's good gesture if such handouts were given out at the start of year, and not only for Manek Urai, but throughout the entire country. This would be more meaningful, especially to needy parents who have many other school going children. And I am quite sure, the impact on the parents to support the BN government would be more positive; if such was the purpose of the free handouts.
I am of the view that there is a lot more wrong for the BN government to proceed with this ridiculous idea of offering free school uniforms and bags to students at Manek Urai, supposedly “as a gesture by the ministry to lighten the burden of the people”. And certainly, this instantaneous good gesture is definitely not a winning strategy for the BN to woo the electorates to vote in favour of the BN in the up coming by-election. Previous by-elections have proven clearly that gestures like this have little impact on the voters.
I know that the BN government is not short of ideas to win back the support of the voters. But bringing back Santa Claus, every time there is a by-election is definitely wrong and it only reflects the short sightedness of the BN government.
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