The people's feedback. That's what Datuk Najib said yesterday - that the government will listen to the people's feedback first before making any decision whether to increase, reduce or phase out subsidies on essential goods. Politically, such a statement sells. Its commendable, too. Recognising the role of our rakyat in determining what they favor and not should always be on our mind.
But why only now? Although its never too late, we should have subscribed to this approach a long time ago, not only during Najib's era. Some of our decisions were never popular, in fact were shot down by the people.
Actually, its the way to go. Anything that matters the rakyat most, should be referred to them. Not that we need a referendum (why not?) before implementing a policy but at least we are able to determine what the masses say about it. They are not the post-Merdeka rakyat as the majority of them are well-educated or at least know what is taking place in the country.
There are many things we can always refer to the people. One of which is the popularity of a 'wakil rakyat'. This is most important as they are they ones who voted for them in elections. Popular can either be hard-working and effective or vise versa - a political crook!
Believe it or not, there are many political crooks in Umno. A non-Parliamentarian division chief may launch an offensive againts his deputy who is a Member of Parliament although he (the chief) has had his chance for a term. He also thwarts any effort by his deputy to introduce good programs to his constituency by launching a 'bad mouth policy' to smear his name. He will make the MP looks unpleasant to top party leadership.
This is happening. Najib should seek the rakyat opinion about their MPs and Aduns. Dont listen totally to what the state's Umno head says about his 'no problem'. Sooner or later, Umno will have to pay heavy price for its ignorance. The next general elections will answer this.
Similarly, there are other things where the people's feedback comes handy. For example, the establishment of a regional economic zone. It sounds so grand, allrite but as to whether it really benefits the rakyat should be considered. No point having a mega project is the locals cant afford to participate in its activities or whether it fits into one race needs.
Without the rakyat, there would be no government. What Najib said is good - going back to the people. Let the people give their feedback before we step on anything.
I believe Najib, too wants to know what the people think of his wife...