Showing posts with label Election. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Election. Show all posts

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Worst Win


The second term MP election is about a few weeks, and people, by now, must have matured the politicking canniness, shrewdness, and tactfulness affairs like that. The voters should have some qualifications of a right person already in their minds. People had very good choices. They had four parties in their hand. And hope they selected the best two.

With powerful and influential candidates, people’s mind were loaded and taken over by DPT in 2008. That was good. People’s choice was right. DPT ruled the country with much peace and happiness. They brought development to many rural sides.  On the other hand, DPT taught Bhutanese people the value of money, and this is good. Bhutanese by nature were spendthrift and didn’t care much about balance and saving. The financial crunch did. It was a blessing in disguise.

Now the two political parties’ promises look lofty and wonky sometimes. If their manifestos were to come true, every Bhutanese needn’t work. We will be spoon fed. Government budget to each gewog, health centre in every chiwog, community based services, blacktopping farm roads, 100% job, etc and etc.   

But, if lessons were to be learnt, there were scores of very bad examples of the elected members who have joined the politics for the love of power and money. A few of them turned out to be worse than statues, stealthily, filling up their stomachs. Some have even bought three or more bull dozers and excavators and are running business in projects like Punatsagchu. A few of the elected members had used lip services and faked promises to garner votes. People knew. These types of malfunction especially by ruling party will downsize our small nation.

Bhutan didn’t know much of these would happen in the 1st election. Now people know; there are tensions lurking between the horse and the bird; there are blame games being played; there are differences, and trying to come to a common conclusion. There are talks in every small gathering and sorts like that about choosing a leader of good heart, responsible, capable, understanding, etc. The group, who needs to remain apolitical, civil servants, are by name only, they are the most politically active in the faction of the society. They influenced the voters the most. The majority of voters think that educated people choice would be right, not going by grassroots need. And similar is the case with the religious body. In the name of religion, religious anti-political people become very much politic. For example, to conjecture to the people that if anyone votes for Mr.X, he/she will bring good luck, good power, good things, etc to the place.

Politicization is important therefore. Voters shouldn’t be moved by any shaft of hope. People must, by now, also know that the individual mustn’t decide the candidate, but, rather it is the responsibility of people coming together and deciding on their representative. Democracy is sometimes described as communities of people coming together, and it imagines many voices pouring into a unified whole. Democracy should permeate the world beyond politics, making itself felt in the ways people think, speak, work, fight, and even make forte.  No nepotism, no relations, no bribery, nothing, but selection through collective decision is the true principle in democracy. Because it’s for the greater goodness and well being of the whole, not an individual.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Greedy Ministers


(bt/while-pm-warns-nation-against-mines-his-family-members-own-and-apply-for-multiple-mines/) show how greedy our ministers are. They wouldn’t leave anything before they go from their offices.

Here are some interesting facts and valuable comments from readers about Prado issue. There are many thought provoking comments mentioned in online news. I have selected a few quotes below.

From Kuensel:
 
dragon009 wrote:
its a good act by the former opposition leader. i think others too should follow him so that Bhutan will save some budget, which can be used for other development purposes in future. the old prados can be given to other organisations and departments instead of buying new one and wasting money. the future leaders can have new ones but old vehicles should contribute in saving the budget for development in the country especially in rural bhutan.
Rewheneach wrote:
1. To OL, we were worried that you were being trapped by the polluted design of DPT and include you as one of their mafia members. Please stand by the principle. In the beginning if you refer to our articles, we told you that you could be a Minister but not a PM because something is missing in you. Over the last five years, you have emerged as one of the true leaders of Bhutan and that there is growing confidence in you amongst our communities. Qualification wise, experiences wise, leadership wise and from every angle, we are convinced that you can be a leader (PM) of the country one day. Please do keep up your work above all temptation and personal greed, where possible try to bring institute system that is good for overall interest of the country. Do not leave any grey areas where Ministers can exploit to benefit their greed and personal interest. Once again we are convinced that you could possibly lead this beautiful nation of ours one day. We need a clean man who can sacrifice all the personal temptations and greed.
To our honourable PM, we are losing our faith in you, may be you have served this nation for many decades and how many Prados and Land cruisers you would have taken both officially and without the public notice during these tenure. We had been a staunch supporter of you personally and the DPT. But our faith in you is beginning to genuinely fading slowly because of your vested interest and most importantly the last incidence of PRADOA issue make us shame. We even cannot think that you could become so cheap and greedy to ask soelra and kidu from HM when the country is running Rupee crisis, when common people are finding difficult to meet their basic needs. You could have graciously resigned with clean manner without any polluted baggage. Certainly your end of this five year was very bad, we have still hope that some lights and wisdom will prevail on you and that DPT will return Prados and Land cruisers.
Honorable PM, 5 to 10 years ago when the nation was under the monarchical system, Prados were granted to Ministers for different purpose and need and it was ok, but this cannot be continued under a democratic and different system for obvious reasons- rupee crisis, increased people’s voice, accountability to the constituencies and all this makes people to question the government. That is why Ministers and government have to be more careful and sensitive to the views and opinion of the public and important to remain clean to garner the public support and to increase the credibility and image of the government and the country. PM need to learn the long term interest of the nation instead of killing the goose at one go!!!! Prados and Land cruisers are properties of the people of Bhutan and these DPT Ministers and Thrizin cannot just rob us. Of all these days, we were proud that we have the best system in the South Asia region, we are losing this pride because of our inability of the Ministers to satisfy their greed.
So far we respected our leaders of our country, we respected our country, now we are beginning to rethink the types of leaders ruling us. We are seeing now daylight robbery, Ministers cannot just become thick skin and insensitive to the views and opinions of the public. A time may come when you will regret for misusing the power and for looting the public properties including the Prados. We will ensure that this property is returned and we will continue to hard press those looters of Prados, this is no joke- we are angry with the Ministers for robbing the Prados. We wish to see Parados are returned within this week or two. These Prados are not meant for them to ride during their campaign. That is why, we are saying if the people at the top collude and loot the public properties, the loyal citizens will lose faith in the system. We are of the view that maintaining clean system and having a faith to our leaders is utmost important than looting the public properties like Prados. Do you (PM) think we can have unity and harmony if leaders keep on looting? Do you think there will be social cohesion and equity, if there is daylight robbery like this? This is not the correct way to compare with the vehicle quota? This is gross misuse of power and Ministers abusing the flaw of the weak structural system we have. Ministers would not like to correct this flawed system because they want to exploit it to satisfy their temptations and greed. If there is no proper check and balance system in place, these Ministers will always exploit to benefit themselves and put our HM in awkward situation by asking kiddy/soelra. Shame on these beggars although they hold the position of Ministers, you have the guts to ask for kidu/soelra, it goes well if kidu/soelra is asked by the needy people. Remember that kidu/soelra if given to unfortunate ones and poor people will be appreciated. If kidu /soelra is given to rich and the powerful it signifies the collusion amongst the people in power and common citizens will view this very negatively and the reaction of the public will be very intense and strong.
This is a food for thought for all of us, but we need the Prados back, whether OL, DPT or NC chairperson, there is no excuse for them to take Prados, this is highly objectionable. It is the responsibility of PM to guide the DPT beggars instead of asking kidu/soelra from HM. Rupee crisis, common people not able to meet their basic needs and Ministers getting soelra/kidu-the biggest joke in the democratic history of ours, hope some common sense will prevail on them and initiate to return Prados. We are seriously saying, we are losing our faith to the system that was once highly regarded.
songkay said:
That’s the way to do it. Setting good examples by Opposition. Why it has to be OL n Damchoe only and always. Leaders should weigh the pros n cons. At this time they should give back the vehicles. Or may be the sentimental attachment accompanied by material attachment supersede the moral n ethical aspects of a human character. Hats-off
speakingcat apprised:
Congratulations to both the OL and Damchoe Dorji. It is indeed a noble deed. It has nothing to do with politics. It is because you two are politicians that every different work initiated by you two seems to be political in nature.
Sangaydorji commented:
“DPT said soelra is not new but an integral part of Bhutan’s culture”..This integral part of Bhutan’s culture to reward, in terms of soelra, only those in power, politically and economically should be really done away with in the larger interest of the poor population of the country. This has been one of the most important pillars of flourishing gross national corruptions, nepotism and sycophancy in the country so for long.
“stooping to the lowest common denominator” is what we expect from our leaders so that ill-visioned, high profile project like that of IT part should be avoided in future. Instead, we would wished for those low profile project that are vital to we common people. We want development activities relevant to us.
Anyway, who could have imagined to attract foreign investment, specifically in IT and related field, in one of the, technologically, least developed country on the earth, if not for our bunch of idiots.
phew noted down:
“total disrespect for the countless Bhutanese people, who struggle to meet their daily sustenance.”…very true, enough of politician wants!!
We( citizen ) have enough of
1) vegetable growing activities
2)driving 2nd hand vehicles
3) Rs 80 = Nu 100
4)2nd pay increment


From The Bhutanese:

 

Flabbergasted  wrote:

Budget for their cars: Nu. 52million
PIT : Nu. 925million
Yes, 5.5% of our PIT gone to buy new cars because of these guys.
Does anyone know how much it costs to construct a farm road? a school? provide safe drinking water?
Truth said:
sorry, not only Prados, but laptop, i-phone, fax, extension cord boxes, panel heater and even flower pots.
kk had written:
i know for sure, they wont take the flower pots, power extension cords, brooms, dustbins, spitoons.

citizenxiii commented:
given our country’s reserve position lets see what our new government and the parliamentarians would demand……. Tsawa sum at test!

Farang said:
I am utterly dismayed by this news. I did not expect our leaders have such greed. I toil hard, and yet, I find it hard to sustain a family and so on. Yes, these ministers have served the country, but people like us are also serving the country in our own little ways and according to the level of salaries and perks we get. Iam losing my faith in the governance and political development in the country. I think the resigning ministers should reconsider giving up the prados, which I think is public property. It is interesting to note that some of us have not been able to hitch a ride on the office pool vehicles even for official purposes. We have been using our own maruti cars and altos to attend many official meetings.
Mingyur posted saying:
X ministers milking the properties of Bhutanese people even when their mandate has coming to the end. It is shame that these rich people have basked befor his majesty for the cars and even office furnitures. This is not fair on people and to put HM in awkward position despite his graciousness. Kidus are only meant for the poor and needy yet these bunch of crooked ministers have the audacity to ask HM for the govt cars. They have grabbed lands, given million contracts to their near ones and duped people with so many sweet talking and had given themselves immense perks dying their office yrs, and they still seem bent on grabbing more wealth from the public. This is shame and their real face!!! Pls think twice before you vote again now. You hv seen the real face now!!
Sunmoom posted:
To fact of fake, the one who encourages looting the properties of Bhutan, Prados are properties of the people of Bhutan and these DPT Ministers, OL, and Thrizin cannot just rob us. We just cannot imagine the system we have. Of all these days, we were proud that we have the best system in the South Asia region, we are losing this pride because of our inability of the Ministers to satisfy their greed.
Ours is a small nation, we cannot play like Bangladesh and India or Nepal, anything we do in Bhutan has dire consequences because of its smallness, so there is every reason and logic to be sensitive to the public opinion and leaders must refrain from cheating and looting the public. If fact or fake is in the likes of looting the public your days are not far behind, you will soon catch up with those people convicted by the Courts one day or the other including the Ministers if they don’t surrender the Prados. We say this with very clear conviction, we will also talk this with all the people that matter to Bhutan if these goons have no shame. So far we respected our leaders of our country, we respected our country, now we are beginning to rethink the types of leaders ruling us. We are seeing now day light robbery, fake or fact cannot just become thick skin and insensitive to the views and opinions of the public. A time may come when you will regret for misusing the power and for looting the public properties including the Prados. We will ensure that this property is returned and we will continue to hard press those looters of Prados, this is no joke- we are angry with the Ministers for robbing the Prados. We wish to see Parados are returned within this week or two. These Prados are not meant for them to ride during their campaign. That is why, fake or fact, we are saying if the people at the top collude and loot the public properties, the loyal citizens will lose faith in the system. We are of the view that maintaining clean system and having a faith to our leaders is utmost important than looting the public properties like Prados. Do you (fake or fact) think we can have unity and harmony if leaders keep on looting? Do you think there will be social cohesion and equity, if there is daylight robbery like this? This is not the correct way to compare with the vehicle quota? This is gross misuse of power and Ministers abusing the flaw of the weak structural system we have. Ministers would not like to correct this flawed system because they want to exploit it to satisfy their temptations and greed. If there is no proper check and balance system in place, these Ministers will always exploit to benefit themselves.
This is a food for thought for all of us, but we need the Prados back, whether OL, DPT or NC chairperson, there is no excuse for them to take Prados even if they were granted by the King, this is highly objectionable. Rupee crisis, common people not able to meet their basic needs and Ministers getting soelra/kidu-the biggest joke in the democratic history of ours, hope some common sense will prevail on them and initiate to return Prados. We are seriously saying, we are losing our faith to the system that was once highly regarded.
May be under the monarchical system, Prados were granted for different purpose and need, but this cannot be under a different system for obvious reasons- rupee crisis, increased people’s voice, accountability to the constituencies and all this makes people to question the government. That is why Ministers and government have to be more careful and sensitive to the views and opinion of the public and important to remain clean to garner the public support and to increase the credibility and image of the government and the country. Fake or fact you got to learn the long term interest of the nation instead of killing the goose at one go!!!!

Kancho wrote:
If this trends of soelra continues: It may only be good for few and rich people and bad for other poor people. we common people need to collectively think about it and raise our views and concerns accordingly in an appropriate platform: we must make a right choice when we vote for a new government in 2013.
Chhu yesalu chhap tsap!! interesting to hear “PRADO AS Soielra” what is next now????
valcient commented:
Its sad to see that Bhutan is creating such precedent. In one had, we say we are poor, but if such things happens and we are not aware of this, one day.. for sure .. we can see ourself in a very tight and complicated situation. I just pray that we realize this, before it is too late. 
People of Bhutan should be aware that every penny counts, and this comes from the pocket of individual in terms of taxes. Good check and balance should be maintain and we as bhutanese should be a team and drive the country forward towards development. Minimizing internal expenses of the country will add up to the economy of the country, and this should be well understood by our leaders. 
Such trend would prevail, and at the end we the nation would be the sufferers. As a employee of a firm, we are never rewarded with any office belongings, and the same must prevail for every employee of this nation, These things belong to the people of Bhutan, and must be returned after been used. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE, AND NOT LET THE PEOPLE SERVE AND SUFFER FOR US. 
Dhamteng wrote:
What the OL did recently – give up his lyonpo scarf and surrendering of his Prados is the type of quality of leadership lacking in Bhutan inspite of all the efforts our Kings have made during monarchy time and even now.
The qualities exhibited by the OL show he is now ready to lead the next government. This election we youth need to make our voices and choices heard.
kadola wrote:
Thanks to OL for surrendering his Prado. …rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer in Bhutan. middle and low income group Government servants who have served the Tsa-Wa sum with full dedication for more than 2-4 decades can also ask for soelra. They are the main Engine of Government
Machinery. They are the real unsung heroes.
future  posted saying:
i am glade we have selfless citizen like the former opposition leader. i love it and hope to understand many bhutanese through such understanding. as a civil servant i earn Nu. 15000 in a month, out of which, i contribute Nu.1500 as a pit to the national wealth. in a year i have net disposable income of Nu. 162000; just 6.5% of their one time solra. very amazing and worrying for all times.
i thirst for a leader like opposition leader and i would vote and urge to vote him on…cheers opposition leader, we want what you did.
my fellow bhutanese, lets be mindful of our contribution -pvt. employees, corporate employees, civil servants and the employers, and exercise our right. lets make bhutan a beautiful place to live in and lets enjoy the benefit of our contribution to the government. m fade-up with the old time ruling strategy of the DPT……..sorry.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Have I cast a Vote?


There I stood;
In front of the Electronic Voting Machine
Unable to decide…
Three pictures on the EVM
Reflected me
Who am I?
Why should I press the button?
Why I am here? ...

Three pictures on the EVM smile
One, my father’s enemy
Second, my cousin brother
Third, I didn’t know;
He never visited my village.
The trios had done nothing as such to the village.

I closed my eyes;
Tried to study their past
It was too late to decide
I heard so many voices
For three days in the village, saying;
Mr. X is good,
Mr. Y is excellent
Mr. Z is outstanding.

Who knows who is good?
Or bad?
Politicians are the dirtiest species on the earth
Even you and I…if in their place
Unable to decide…
So be it
Right is the freedom to choose.
I came out;
Perplexed and saddened.
Have I cast a vote?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Your Vote is Your Voice



Come the 23rd of April, Bhutan will have second round of National Council election. Many people will exercise their franchise. I read that, this time the number of voters is far more than the previous. Election turnout in Bhutan was poor in 2008. Only around 51 percent of Bhutanese voted in the first democratic election.

There is need to encourage Bhutanese to cast their votes. And there is something important to learn that voting and electing representative is very vital.
  Besides creating a conscience on the importance of voting, Bhutanese need to raise awareness of political issues that concern all of us. Election Commission of Bhutan has been doing through media like songs, pamphlets, gatherings, announcements, etc. It is a great work. But politics is not a small issue. That is why it is important for us to be empowered and take action in the best possible way, casting our vote and making our voice heard is our right, and it is our major responsibility.

One of the most inclusive and simplified definitions of democracy is, A system of the people run by the people for the people. Now, we know, voting is for ourselves.

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that every citizen has. Casting vote is therefore, a privilege, right and duty of each and every citizen of a society. Sadly, the truth is, nowadays, many simply do not want to vote, simply for varying reasons.  Many of us think that the individuals vote doesn't matter in the large scheme. Some are not keen to vote. Some of us also think that none of the presented candidates deserve to be in power, and thus don't bother to vote. Some of us are left herding cattle in the jungle, and some because of hurdles like distance of the polling booth, they do not vote.

A democratic government is the system of choosing their representative from the mass, who should then look to make the optimum decisions for the society he represents. If we don't take part in the process of choosing the right representative for our community, we, therefore, also, forfeit the right to complain about the representative that others have chosen.

That
s why a good citizen should always exercise his right to vote.

Every action we take everyday determines what sort of country we want to live in, and shapes us. Voting is one such action; whether we vote or not, it is going to shape us and our country.  We need to shape our lives positively now. We should show to the Political Parties that our votes matter!

Every vote counts. An election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got...or lost...that one vote! Let me give some examples:  Richard Nixon, not John F. Kennedy, would have become President of the U.S. in 1960 if one person from each voting place had voted differently. Texas might not have become part of the United States in 1845 if one U.S. Senator had voted differently.  The vote in the U.S. Senate was 27-25 to invite Texas to become a state.  If it had been a tie, Texas would not have been asked to become part of the Union. If we have not voted for Jigme Y.Thinley, he wouldnt have become the prime minister of Bhutan.

So, we can make a difference by playing a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting. We must therefore, also learn about the candidates and issues before we vote in any election. And know what's going on in our country and community currently, and can predict for the next five years. Most importantly, as voters, we have the right to demand any developmental activities, problems, crises, etc from our elected officials, and to answer for their any kind of behavior. Because we have played our part in the democratic process (voted), we have every right to comment on the actions that the politicians in power are taking.

On the other hand, if we do not vote, we lose the power to say anything about the way our representative function. Thus, the power of voting is the power of change; it's the power of making a mark in history and voicing our opinion.





Make Your Voice Heard ... Every Vote Counts!