An encounter with a pseudo politician
by Peter Sibon. Posted on July 20, 2012, Friday
BEING in this line for over a decade now, I have come across many peculiarities about the politicians.
While some are genuine in their commitment to serve the rakyat, there are those who just took on the mantle of a people’s representative for their own self-interest subtly camouflaging their professions with their political office.
For those who are in the first category, they have left everything they have to serve the rakyat and became professional politicians.
However those who are in the second group are those who seemed to fight for the rakyat but have ulterior motive which is best kept in their own deepest conscience.
My recent encounter with one of those in the second category was somehow bizarre but yet very interesting, uncanny but yet very predictable.
Actually I was quite surprised that after we have a short chit chat at the airport departure lounge, fate had it that he
was seated next to me on the flight.
Though the flight was short; the engagement with him on a wide range of issues boils down to the fact that he might be facing the toughest test of his political career.
As a very confident person, he suddenly dropped a hint that he might lose to his opponent in the coming general election and declared that he was never a politician at heart but merely a lawyer who tried to make a living for his growing family.
That was a total shock to me as he is a very prominent politician in Sarawak politics.
What surprised me most is the fact that as a successful lawyer and a politician; he has been able to hide his true colour behind his political affiliation. How clever of him!
However, my perception of him as a credible politician evaporated instantly as what I only saw in his eyes were just dollars and cents.
I am not judgmental but let me explained myself.
Firstly, his involvement in politics in the first place could be merely trying his luck as he was already doing well in his profession.
Secondly even if he failed or lose in the coming election, he still has something to fall on to.
The question now is this: All this while, has he not been deceiving the rakyat in the pretext of serving them but at the same time reaping financial gains through his real profession?
This could be a mind boggling issue but it’s interesting enough to ask ourselves what kind of YBs we have representing us in our kawasan at both the state and national levels.
The point is this. If we have been deceived by this kind of politicians in the past, then the coming 13th general election is the right time to redeem ourselves to elect only those who have the genuine desire to serve the rakyat, failing which we will continue to be cheated.