WITH ‘ENEMIES’ LIKE THESE …

Posted on May 17, 2013

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There is a saying which is often at the tip of our tongue: “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” Which is to say there are times when friends do seem to behave like our worst enemies.

But at times, the reverse could be equally true: with enemies like these who needs friends!

Let me hasten to say that I don’t consider those with whom I may disagree (politically or otherwise) as my enemies. If there are no two teams, you won’t have a football match. If there are not at least two sides, we won’t have an elections.

But the current situation in our country seems to border on the ludicrous or the ridiculous. Or at least to us plain citizens, politicians do seem to say the darndest things. This is not to say it happens only in our country (please consult http://officialssay.tumblr.com).

It would indeed border on the comical IF NOT FOR THE FACT THAT THE SUBJECT ADDRESSED IS OF THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT OUR NATION STANDS FOR!

But what are we plain citizens to think when one of the first things the prime minister said after our recent general elections was something about … tsunami. And no sooner than he was appointed, the new home minister actually said that those who are not not satisfied with the country’s electoral system should migrate elsewhere. Mr Minister, my father was born here. Yes I admit that I did not vote for your team and yes I was not and still am not happy with the electoral system nor indeed the way the recent general elections was conducted nor, for that matter, the electoral roll. Should I book a ticket on the slow boat to …?

And here’s the point, the haste in which some people have urged the country to move on is simply not a fabulous option under these circumstances. I would really want to move on quite frankly. That would really suit me just fine. But how may I move on when the highest officials are saying such things? Is anybody in charge there? Shouldn’t there be an urgent meeting whereby the powers that be get a grip on themselves and get their act together?

Certain things did happen during the country’s recent elections. Some serious questions need to be faced up to. Some properly considered answers are due to loyal citizens. For the sake of the powers that be – for their own sake – start treating the citizens with respect and dignity.

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