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    Politic, Public Representation and Communities - Evolving Roles or Same Story

    Politics, politicians and public representation seem to be a hot topic here. If it was not, than something would be wrong, as it is a subject that critically influences communities and the lives of people who live there. However, before another issue sparks further debate on the effectiveness of our representative and the council service, I would like to start one on our expectations and perhaps the role they play.

    A politician is what we call a person who is involved in the politics of being elected or helping someone of his choice get elected. Hence, the chaps sitting in the coffee shop who are carded members of any party are actually politicians.

    Once elected to office, they become public representatives, no longer merely politicians. They represent everyone, no matter if you voted for them or not. They must represent everyone collectively. Everyone must accept them, at least until the term is over.

    Besides being representatives overseeing public administrators and policy makers that guard his representation, his was to see that innovation and progress was being implemented with the tax dollars collected from his constituency, so more tax dollars may be collected for more progress.

    When there aren't enough tax dollars, he must be innovative in finding them so that his community still benefits. In terms of economics, he plays a crucial role in developing it, enabling not only wealth creation mechanisms but also opportunities for the less priveleged.

    How can he do that? Well, there are many ways but there are conservative ways and there the more innovative ways of governance. Let's look at Subang Jaya, the place where we call home.

    Ours is an evolved society, one that has reached self-healing stage. The Gerai and Roadworks are clear examples of a society trying to mend what they deem as wrong. Ours is a society that is knowledgable, fiercly protective and when we feel we have been wronged, gather with zest and speed to react and be heard. This has made our community one of the best run and interactive public service council around.

    Yet we find that more can be done. Only conservative progress is being done, i.e. roads, new schools, parks and recreation an public IT centres. These are good things and deserve praise, but where is the innovation.

    Innovation like ensuring businesses in the area who profit from the community are doing their part to improve the people they profit from. Simply put, the merging of economics and social structure. Detroit was built by the US auto industry because town planners and local government made sure of it.

    We have huge retail businesses that thrive on the wealth of the community. Carrefour, Giant even Tesco rely on the communities around them for business. They could be persuaded to initiate public services beyond the odd ly sponsored bus stands and purchasing billboard space as revenue to the council.

    A computer lab for the underpriveledged, exercise machines for the elderly and sponsored seminars and courses about nutritional food and education. The list is endless. Forwarded correctly, they would be more than happy I am sure, as it serves to reaffirm their brand value and endear them to the community. It's good PR for them and good value to the community that, for every 10,000 households spends an average of RM600.00 a month gives a turnover of more than RM1.2 million a month. How many households do we have and many of us spend more than that for retail consumption.

    The colleges, where many of our children will end up can offer scholarships to the brainy but lesser endowed financially or help public schools in primary and secondary level by getting students to do volunteer work in coaching weaker pupils.

    The list is endless.

    Whose job is it anyway. The people who live in the community can't be expected to think of these things. It's hard enough making a living, keeping up house and caring for the family and it takes a total of 2 hours to get and come back from work for some of us. Who has time to be inventive and innnovative. It's enough just to be motivated enough to care to be posting and reading in this forum and fighting their perceived injustice.

    My question is, who delivers the innovation that makes life better here in Subang Jaya. Great job done, no argument. Got problems, there's always the desire to sit, listen and finds a solution.

    Is that enough? Perhaps it is. After all, a politician has merely to build a vision of what should be expected, and when elected a public representative, build a vision that expectations are being met.

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    Someone has managed to be very upset with me for writing this, asking me if I want to be a politician and stand for election. I thought I shall reply here. My humble apologies if I somehow offended you into thinking that this post was meant to single out anyone. It was not.

    It is also not meant to extort anything from the esteemed organisation that was mentioned. The statement was merely something that came to my mind as an example of how corporate responsibility benefits the community and reinforces the brand or establishment as commited to the development of it's customers, which in terms of consequential customer loyalty, does more than any advertising can in terms of credibility.

    I am sorry if i sound 'so smart' for the reality of it is that I actually am a rather ordinary and average bloke who is used to sharing opinions and knowledge, both with the people I work with, those I know and always with my family.

    Keep an open mind and if the things I post here offends you, kindly place your comments where others might also see my error, but lets not argue for it's not worth it.

    I do agree with you that in future I should omit specific names from my examples and for that I am sorry. I shall endevour to not name names unless I have, to quote your well chosen words, 'specific and provable' complaints. You actually made sense there. My bad.

    I hope that does it for you. Can't think of anything else really, other than take life a tad bit slower or all that anger will rupture a vessel, then you can't be angry at anyone else again.

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    Re: Politic, Public Representation and Communities - Evolving Roles or Same Story

    Quote Originally Posted by mackzulkifli
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    Whose job is it anyway. The people who live in the community can't be expected to think of these things. It's hard enough making a living, keeping up house and caring for the family and it takes a total of 2 hours to get and come back from work for some of us. Who has time to be inventive and innnovative. It's enough just to be motivated enough to care to be posting and reading in this forum and fighting their perceived injustice.
    These elected reps are hoping that precisely that lack of time ( on our part ) will win their day for them.
    No time so cant pay them a visit to complain.
    No time to organise in a sizable group to knock on their doors.
    No time so cant contribute in forums like these.
    No time to get angry with callous nominated govt officials who cannot give an appointment for another 3 months from now ....
    HEY but, Mack, my man, it works for them, man, it works.

    Quote Originally Posted by mackzulkifli
    Is that enough? Perhaps it is. After all, a politician has merely to build a vision of what should be expected, and when elected a public representative, build a vision that expectations are being met.
    Highlighted portion ....... Gems, man, truly gems.

    The answer is the obvious ... No it is not enough.
    But what shd u & i do about it.
    How do we collectively or individually hold them to account ( even if not for innovative, "life-bettering" ideas, at least ) for keeping what we have chugging along like a well oiled machine.
    Nothing innovative in that .. but for fork's ( to borrow from orchi ) sake we can expect them to deliver the minimum at least.
    Minimum like Eg
    Speak up in Dewan Undangan Negeri - for the ADUN.
    Speak up in the parliament - for the MP.
    Give us a chance to speak to you - to the YDP (Yang Dah Pekak) MPSJ.
    Give me clean water.
    Dont make me stand for long periods of time in your god forsaken queues.
    Clear our pavements of petty traders.
    Clear the pavements of tables from restaurants.
    Stop illegal VCD sellers.
    Repair our drains.
    Repair our roads.
    Trim the grass. Hey I cld go on ..........
    My point is there is nothing innovative in any of the above.
    Lets start by finding ways and means to get these fellows to deliver these at least.

    HOW ?
    I hv only one suggestion.
    Hit them where it hurts. Hit them at their comfort zone.
    Reduce BN's majority in parliament.

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    Re: Politic, Public Representation and Communities - Evolving Roles or Same Story

    Asking the reps to deliver the bare minimum itself is not a s simple as it sounds. Pls allow me to illustrate ......
    I have watched with horror while an ADUN made a through a** of himself by referring to the YDP of another Majlis as his boss. While the audience cringed, he went on to justify his statement by saying, " Of course what ? He is my boss what ?"
    I asked him why he had to do that. WHy he had to suck up..... he repeated his empty justification.
    I was horrified at the thought my elected rep was subservient to an appointed govt servant.
    What hope is there that he will deliver ?
    What hope is there that he will puit across the rakyat's opinion ?

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    Re: Politic, Public Representation and Communities - Evolving Roles or Same Story

    Quote: HOW ?
    I hv only one suggestion.
    Hit them where it hurts. Hit them at their comfort zone.
    Reduce BN's majority in parliament. Unquote.

    JG ...the Lord knows how far back n how much mistakes we have done before...this time Orchi shall take own first step...to see what you suggested happening soon...anyway...4 more years is not a long wait...when we gotta determination to make a change....n the way Orchi looks at it...all the previous talks about taking risks...are plain bullshiitts...absolutely no elements of truth of such possibility...should the majority be reduced by to 55:45 or 60:40...ahem...sure beats the heck out of what it is right now....80:20...Geezz!...Unbelievable how stupid Orch was...

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