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In tit for tat, Selangor suffers – Fikry Osman

February 23, 2013

FEB 23 – What is a government for? To work for the people or to flex its muscles and show who’s boss?

Take for example what is happening in Selangor this past week.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has defended the decision to freeze all federal projects in the state, saying it was not done to block development but to “study” the state’s power over them as provided under the Constitution.

Among the federal projects affected are highway and light rail transit (LRT) projects, all suspended pending an appeal of a landmark decision on the controversial Automatic Enforcement System (AES).

The blanket freeze has drawn criticism from Barisan Nasional (BN) and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who deemed the decision as detrimental to the Selangor voters and the state’s development.

“We are not stopping development but we want to know clearly what are the powers the state has,” Khalid said in his Twitter posting earlier today as reported by The Malaysian Insider.

Well, your reasoning is silly, Khalid.

Like BN, you’re flexing your muscles like a schoolyard bully because you didn’t get your way.

The AES is about road safety and the only objection is the privatisation and revenue share. Let motorists take their cause further rather than the state.

The state’s job is to provide for all of its citizens, and that includes those who don’t have cars and will not speed to be caught by the AES.

Don’t be short-sighted or petty-minded. Pakatan Rakyat can take the moral highground on this instead of looking like sulking schoolchildren.

You want to be a leader or a bully, Khalid? Decide so that we know whether to keep or throw you out.

* Fikry Osman reads The Malaysian Insider.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.