Politicians make promises to the people in order to get the power to do as they like for the next four years.
As absolute power corrupts absolutely - the wholesale dismantling of the economy twice - I suppose there is really nothing much to fear, as there is nothing much more to plunder, except the future of our children and grandchildren - by creating widespread inflation and asset bubbles through reckless creation of loans and debts - the last frontier of economic exploits.
The dispensing of freshly printed cash to all and sundry by both sides, ostensibly as a means of partially and temporarily mitigating the adverse effects of all-round inflation such as to help the poor, by nothing but plainly election-centred. Obviously, much is at stake here, not just to the politicians (whom we know will spare no efforts to dominate the world with their own sense of truth), but to our society at large when so many of us are feeling so disenfranchised by a government machinery that is spattered as it tries to keep pace with the developments in our society and the rest of the world. We have never seen a government so out of breath.
Let us not simply put the whole blame of the mess on the current government which, unfortunately, has inherited it from its own elder party-members who now seem to be up to their usual mischief of doing their masterful prognostications through the agency of mediums and the artful application of doublespeak. Big Brother has never been so present in the Malaysian society as today.
The opposition is selling nothing but the anti-thesis. They vow to right every wrong that has happened in the country (restore history?) or is happening in the country (by getting rid of the present government?).
There are many things to do to reconstruct the nation and the national economy.
The reversal of the psychology of the corruption culture will take a bit of time - and this can only be achieved by destroying the monopoly power that has stretched its tentacles to every nook and corner of our society. It is quite clear that at the centre of the corruption is the political structure of collusion to dominant the rest of society. The political structure for absolute political power must be dismantled. The Malaysian mindset has shown itself to be incapable of decency when there is no formal supervision. The current structure of the collective power of the incumbent government and that of the opposition with its own brand of extreme anti-thesis is something that we have to lose sleep over.
The Malaysian economy is now in shambles. So much money has been siphoned out of the economic system that no amount of government debt-fueled injections can hope to revitalised. The vast amount of unidentified capital outflows is a reflection of the severity of the corruption of the government, not necessarily only of the present but of the cumulative effects of the past. With the loss of confidence of the people on the government, there is no choice but private sector to get out in the guise of "outward" investments as allowed by government policy. The private sector has voted that there is no economic future in the country, and foreign countries are seem to have a better future. Banks and other financial institutions have no choice but to ambush and capture the poor and impoverished consumers who find it hard to carry on without mortgaging their future. The current real estate boom is a sham.
I am keenly aware that it can be argued the Malaysian economy of today is as good as it can given the state of the world economy. This is true only when we are hapless. I am arguing that we are where we are as a result of our own doing and we only have ourselves to be blamed and also we are the only ones who should try to fix it.
The restoration of our economic system to a self-sustaining economy can only be done when we put back all our supporting institutions which can act as checks and balances for the excesses that are likely to occur in any democratically-elected majority-based governments. It is this constant balancing act that will put us Malaysians back into an even keel so that we are can, without fear, live our lives in the best way we see fit without harming ourselves and with the self-assurance that our future will be good because we get to enjoy the fruits of our own labour.
I am therefore apprehensive of all politicians no matter how good their intentions. Politicians are nothing but power-hungry people who are least technically competent in whatever they become in the political arena subject when killing each other or colluding with one another all for the sack of power. They take credit which is not their and blame others for the ruin they have created or do not even choose to realise the ills they done. I look for learned professionals who know how to build institutions that will keep civil society in check while at the same time providing a sense of security over the uncertain future in the things that people choose to do with their lives within the confines of a decent society. Politicians should just leave the people alone to get on with their lives rather than making promises they cannot keep.