Info ministry to publish ‘Janji Ditepati’ booklets
The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry is to distribute two special booklets to the people – one to explain the government’s efforts to raise the people’s living standard since independence and the other on Budget 2013.
Minister Rais Yatim said today the booklet on “55 Tahun Merdeka, Janji Ditepati” (55 Years of Independence, Promises Fulfilled) would outline the sacrifices of the country’s leaders for the people’s well-being.
The booklet on Budget 2013 would have details of the budget, telling the people what was in store for them next year, he said at the ground-breaking for the integrated socio-cultural complex of the ministry in the Jelebu District in Titi, Negeri Sembilan.
“We will go down to the ground nationwide to meet with community leaders, particularly village heads, to distribute the booklets,”
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|7:58PM Aug 8, 2012|
Three Pakatan Rakyat-controlled states – Penang, Kedah and Kelantan – are expected to reverse an earlier decision to use different Merdeka Day themes.
PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali said he has been informed by Kedah menteri besar’s aide that the state exco had decided on the matter today while Kelantan had decided on the matter yesterday.
Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman confirmed to Malaysiakini that he will make a similar announcement tomorrow.
The dramatic reversal came just hours after Penang announced that it will stick to its own theme – Budaya Bersih, Merdekakan Rakyat – and not adopt the alternative theme proposed by Pakatan’s top leadership.
One common theme: “Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa (One Nation, One Country, One Soul)”.
Kedah will use “Terus Berbakti (Continue to Serve)”.
Kelantan will be adopting “Menerajui Perubahan (Spearheading Change)”.
Penang and Selangor will maintain “Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa”.
Pakatan states to use 3 different themes for N-Day
PETALING JAYA, Aug 7 — Four states under Pakatan Rakyat (PR) control will have three different themes for this year’s National Day celebrations instead of adopting the controversial theme of “Janji Ditepati (Promises Fulfilled)”, the federal opposition pact said today.
However, the four states will still use a common theme of “Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa (One Nation, One Country, One Soul)” which the pact had previously agreed upon, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Alisaid.
“This is because the state exco of Kedah and Kelantan decided on their respective themes before we decided on (Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa), and the exco decision is binding,” Mustafa said.
|11:56AM Aug 6, 2012|
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim he is prepared to be sued if his critics can prove that the melody for this year’s National Day song ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promises Fulfilled) has been copied from other songs.
“I challenge them to prove it is other people’s song. If it is proven, I’m ready to be dragged to court,” Utusan Malaysia today quotes Rais as saying.
According to the report, Rais said the opposition has been cornered and was annoyed to the extent of claiming that the melody was copied from other songs.
“They have no capital until even they want to criticise the song. Indeed, it was me who tried to link the lyric of Janji Ditepati withthe melody. But the melody was composed by those who had won RTM’s best band award in 2010,” he said.
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COMMENT I am really upset with our inability to celebrate our 55th Merdeka in peace and harmony. So I sat down to write this song, a love song.
A wind of change is blowing through our nation. My prayer and hope is that it can change our circumstances through renewal of our hearts. Perhaps it can change the way we look at ourselves so that we can look at others differently. Even lovingly, as brothers and sisters. Enemies no more. Therein lies the promise of our future. Janji harus ditepati.
The prologue of my song is taken from a three-line verse I wrote five years ago on Aug 29, 2007 to accompany a piece My country, my King, my God on our 50th Merdeka celebration then.
Negaraku, tumpahnya darahku
My country, my home.
Sing, sing a new song
Brave hearts embracing freedom
O how sweet the sound
Many tribes and tongues
All living as one nation
Come let us seek God’s
Grace and showers of blessings
We exalt thee Lord
One God, one nation
Many hearts, one faith, one hope
A new love begins
Winds of change bringing
A future for our children
My country, my home.
BOB TEOH is a retired business journalist.
DID AN INDONESIAN GOSPEL SONG INSPIRE JANJI DITETAPI?
Listen to it and compare it with BN’s National day Song!
true worshipper – serukan namanya
|4:33PM Aug 4, 2012|
There will be no budge on this year’s ‘Janji Ditepati’ national day slogan that was collective cabinet decision, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.
His ministry will stand by the slogan and will stay firm despite the fierce criticism, Rais adds in a Twitter posting today.
“’55 Tahun Merdeka, Janji Ditepati’ (55 years of Independence, Promise fulfilled) is a cabinet decision… Information Ministry remains firm with the theme and will not budge,” he posted on Twitter.
Rais also dismissed the criticism as partisan in nature.
In the same posting, Rais also launched a broadside against English daily The Malay Mail for its editorial criticising the national day theme and the minister himself.
“What is being played by Malay Mail is politics by the opposition, which is uncomfortable with the government’s successes thus far…
“The opposition and its allies are feeling pressured with this slogan because it is obvious they have no achievement record,” Rais twittered.
This is the second day of his tirade against the English daily. His posting yesterday was: “Malay Mail shows its true opposition colour today in its lead misleading story.”
|12:05PM Aug 4, 2012|
Award-winning lyricist Hasmi Hashim has offered to compose a new national day theme song following fierce criticism of the official ‘Janji Ditepati’ song written by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.
“I believe among the children of this nation, many are talented and able to compose a song that will embody the spirit of independence of this beloved nation.
“Therefore, I gladly offer myself to help the ministry in composing and writing a national day theme song and lyrics without any payment,” Hasmi said in a statement today.
Hasmi, who also goes by the stage name Buddhi Hekayat, penned the award-winning song Awan Nano.
Zan Azlee is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer, New Media practitioner and lecturer. He runs Fat Bidin Media www.fatbidin.com
AUG 3 — Rumours have been rife and everyone in Malaysia has been trying to predict when the prime minister is going to call for elections.
It seems to many that the longer they wait, the more incidents are going to happen to jeopardise their chances of doing well in the elections.
Take this month of August, for instance. What has been happening in this month alone, and from just one government ministry, is enough to be a case study.
It all started when Rais Yatim’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture announced the National Day celebration campaign.
The fact that Malaysia needs a campaign and theme is already sad enough, but when the National Day slogan was revealed, all hell broke loose.
My favourite reaction amongst Malaysian is the online hashtag of #JanjDicapati, and in particular, when the faux Samy Vellu Twitter account posted: “Wife complains I never do any work so I promised to cook dinner. She was surprised when I cooked capati and kept my promise. Janji Dicapati.”
The uploaded clip of the song on YouTube has already garnered over 300,000 views with more than 32,000 dislikes.
Now, Rais is demanding that people respect National Day. He said that the government has already decided to continue with the “Janji Ditepati” theme.
“In the end, the government of the day decides the theme,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun newspaper.
Now talk about respecting National Day!
Oh dear prime minister, can you please dissolve Parliament soon and let’s just have the 13th general election already? I can’t wait to vote.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has denied a foreign blogger’s claims that the 2012 National Day theme song is strikingly similar in tune with a 2008 Indonesian song, saying yesterday….
|12:44PM Aug 3, 2012|
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim today announced the setting up of a panel to probe allegations that this year’s National Day ‘Janji Ditepati’ song was plagiarised from an Indonesian gospel hymn.
“A special panel has been formed to determine whether it is true or not that the Merdeka ‘Janji Ditepati’ song was a copycat.
“The opposition should not simply accuse,” he said in a Twitter posting this morning.
According to the daily, an Indonesian-based blogger had in a Monday posting alleged that the composer of the ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promises Fulfilled) song had plagiarised its melody from a gospel song by Jakarta-based Christian band True Worshippers entitled ‘Serukan Namanya’ (Call Out His Name).
Yesterday, composer Jasnie Mohd Yaakub had denied the allegation and stressed that the ‘Janji Ditepati’ song was an original work by him, along with two other composers Arman E Six and Aye.
“The inspiration of the song came all of a sudden, (we) did not follow any songs,” he had said.
Indonesian gospel music inspired Malaysia’s latest N-Day song?
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — The “Janji Ditepati” (Promises Fulfilled) melody picked for National Day celebration this year is heating up the airwaves but for the wrong reasons, with some online users noting its striking resemblance to a 2008 gospel song by Jakarta-based Christian band True Worshippers, featuring Indonesian songstress Ruth Sahanaya.
The latest controversy, coming just days after a public furore forced Putrajaya to axe the badly-designed 55th National Day logo in favour of the 1 Malaysia logo, could see more red cheeks for government officials and could further strain diplomatic ties with the Southeast Asian giant.
Malaysia’s chattering class has been critical over the “Janji Ditepati” lyrics, penned by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim but four days ago, they intensified their attacks on popular video-sharing site YouTube, and other social networking sites like Facebook after a blogger who professed to be a Christian pointed out that the song’s melody was strikingly similar to an Indonesian gospel song titled “Serukan Namanya” (Call out His name).
“Lagu tema KEMERDEKAAN MALAYSIA ke 55 kedengaran seperti LAGU Pujian di GEREJA (Malaysia’s 55th National Day theme song sounds like a church praise song),” said the anonymous blogger’s July 30 entry.
“Hal ini lagi mengejutkan sekiranya lagu tema kebangsaan di ambil dari lagu rohani org Kristen… Mungkin kementerian tidak tau tapi seharusnya pencipta lagu ni tdk berbuat demikian (menciplak) sebab did ditugaskan untk membuat lagu tema kemerdekaan. [This matter is all the more shocking if the national theme song is taken from the Christians’ spiritual song… Perhaps the ministry is unaware but the songwriter should not do so (plagiarise) because he was tasked with creating the national theme],” the blogger said.
Copies of the posting and video links to both “Janji Ditepati” and its comparison to “Serukan Namanya” have since gone viral and were repeated on several blogs and online community fora such as Miricommunity.net, an Internet bulletin board popularly visited by Malaysians who hail from Sarawak.
The song, by Christian band True Worshippers led by Sidney Mohede and whose members include the regionally popular artiste Ruth Sahanaya, was released in their 2008 album “All Things New”.
But “Janji Ditepati’s” melody was purportedly created by a group of people only identified as Aye, Jasnie, Arman E six.
PAKATAN’S MERDEKA THEME: “SEBANGSA,SENEGARA, SEJIWA” (“ONE RACE, ONE COUNTRY, ONE SOUL”)
|10:19AM Aug 2, 2012|
Never before has the social media expressed such disgust and rejection over an issue like it has over Information Minister Rais Yatim’s ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promise Fulfilled) theme song for the 55th Merdeka Day.
The song is riddled with the now infamous ‘Janji Ditepati’ phrase with a pinch of “Kini masa balas budi” (time to repay the deed), and you’ve got a concoction strong enough to trigger the gag reflex of the entire Twitterjaya community.
Here’s a collection of notable tweets summing up the song:
Pete Teo @PeteTeo: Just heard ‘Janji Ditepati’. Speechless. #yorais (Rais Yatim), what were you smoking?
Effi Obefiend @1Obefiend: The only time it is appropriate to sing ‘Janji Ditepati’ is during a funeral.
Hell Above @wildbl00d: “Janji ditepati kini masa balas budi.” Seriously? I thought it’s your job to help us the rakyat because we voted for you.
Kapten Kahan @zarakahan: Lagu ‘Janji Ditepati’ – “Kini masa balas budi” or “Now vote for us, we paid you fools already.” Is it just me or ‘Janji Ditepati’ has to be one of the most desperate-for-votes Merdeka slogans ever created?
Faiz Bahruddin @faizfaiz: I’m sorry Barisan Nasional, I have never been so disgusted by you.
Bobby Bobby Bobby @AnnoyingBobby: Purely random thought due to my insomnia, I just want to say, that ‘Janji Ditepati’ for Merdeka is just pure rubbish.
And here’s what netizens in Facebook had to say when we posted the lyrics on Malaysiakini page:
Travis Swan: Muntah darah (vomit blood).
Julius Voo: Ini bukan theme song Malaysia, ini theme song BN. Full of propaganda.
(This isn’t a National Day theme song, this is a BN theme song.)
John Liew: Shame on you, Rais Yatim, and those who approved this.
Ken Yeo: What a nonsensical BN propaganda song. This song is not fit for this truly Malaysian occasion. We Malaysians shouldn’t be singing this. I wonder if there will be any of the butt dancers swaying their backsides to this song come performance day?
Yong Min Ken: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I rather listen to Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ and Double Take’s ‘Hot Problems’ than this.
Kay Hsh Luke: This is another classic example of desperation.
Viji Rajasundram: Wait, I have to step outside to puke. Back in a bit. Sorry.
Rais Yatim @DrRaisYatim: Malaysia has truly arrived as an achieving nation after 55 years of independence. Why can’t we say ‘janji ditepati’?
A wise man or one who needs a reality check? You decide, but Twitterjaya has made it loud and clear – ‘Janji Ditepati’ is inappropriate for the Merdeka Day celebrations.
Merdeka song daft, dull, devoid of promise
Political parties should just stay away from writing Merdeka songs. Period.
The needless imbroglio gets at everything Malaysia doesn’t want its citizens and foreigners chewing over. All of it suggests that Putrajaya is struggling with its role in the spotlight when one expects it to act like a mature and savvy power.
Fatuous pandering aside, those who disagree with the people who green-lighted the song and logo are air-brushed as being out of tune with excellence and creativity.
They say the theme is not fit to be used for the celebrations as it relays the message that the government is persuading the public to support the ruling party.
I agree that forcing partisan politics into a national celebration is unacceptable because the sentiments of the people have been ignored.
The spirit of Merdeka should never be used as a party-line tool to ensure its survival.
As a music reviewer, I feel the song does not reflect nationhood or the meaning of independence. It is merely a song showcasing the ruling government.
Wasn’t it outright daftness to turn Independence Day into a party for Barisan Nasional? What has Kedai1 Malaysia and Klinik1 Malaysia that resonate in the rap interlude of the tune have to do with Merdeka? A political campaign song?
I played the song six times and not for a moment did I swell with pride. The lyrics were childish; the composers didn’t care about people’s feelings because they were obviously creating an image for the BN.
Rhythmically, it is a tune that doesn’t get one puffed up with the pomp of the occasion. In a beat: the 3:38-long song lacked self-confidence. It never moved my nationalistic soul.
It doesn’t inspire a national day party. It doesn’t motivate us to be proud of ourselves and respect the great leaps Malaysia has made since independence. There is no intensity in the lyrics, no power of poetry, no sense of vigorous patriotism.
Worse, there are claims that the song may not be original and netizens have circulated a video of a similar sounding ditty on YouTube.
A national song that is not about individuals, humanity and true feelings is a disaster. A motivational message that lacks the passion, hope and struggles of the populace is a major blow to the confidence and joy Equatiatiationof the people.
It takes a special kind of genius to turn good news for millions of people into a public relations disaster.
Multiple award-winning journalist Frankie D’Cruz is Editor-At-Large of The Malay Mail. He can be reached at email@example.com
It looks as though Umno/BN have outsmarted themselves yet again with their latest attempt to take the rakyat for a ride.
Doubly outsmarted themselves in fact, and thus doubly insulted Malaysians, by not only attempting to monopolise Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day with a partisan political slogan, but a slogan so patently false that only a fool would take it seriously.
Promises fulfilled?? Promises foolfilled, foolfoiled or fullfailed, more like it. Because as far as I or anyone else can see, Umno/BN, especially under the premiership of Najib Abdul Razak, is good for nothing but lies, false promises and fraudulent reforms.
False promises like his vow to leave “no stone unturned” in getting to the truth of the circumstances surrounding the death of Teoh Beng Hock in MACC custody, for example. So that now, after years of cosmetic official deliberations, the young man’s death is still deemed “neither homicide nor suicide” and no MACC culprits have been brought to justice.
False promises like those Najib made to the audience at the MPI Press Awards shortly after he was gifted the prime ministership, of his intent to “encourage respectable and fair dialogue on the country’s future involving the whole nation that takes place with a vibrant, free and informed media.”
“The country needs a (sic) media – both old and new,” he boldly declared, “that was empowered to responsibly report what they saw, without fear of consequences, and to hold government and public officials accountable for the results they produced.”
Yet more than three years later, Malaysia’s Umno/BN-owned or dominated mainstream media remain as inept, impotent, incompetent and impossibly regime-biased as ever.
And thus as false as his promise at the same 2009 media awards of “a new national discourse” on the principles of transparency and accountability; service to all, not just a few; respect and fairness in public dialogue; and the necessity for institutions, parties and public servants to “work for the public interest, not narrow opportunism of political interests.”
And not, presumably, for such narrow opportunism as promoting a lying slogan like “promises fulfilled” for non-partisan national events like Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day.
- Promises foolfilled
- Foolish to raise the spectre of promises at all.
Watch the video on youtube
BOTH THUMBS DOWN!
Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim wants to know what you think of Janji Ditepati, so go to Youtube and tell him!
|4:01PM Jul 31, 2012|
Days after announcing the scrapping of the much-criticised National Day logo, Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim is now seeking views on the similarly controversial theme song.
“What do you think about the song Janji Ditepati? It has reached more than 140,000 (views) on YouTube,” he said in a Twitter post late last night.
The minister, however acknowledged that the song has also received “some thumbs down” – the icon to indicate that YouTube viewers do not like the song.
The song, the lyrics of which were written by Rais himself, has been criticised by lyricists and netizens for not being able to differentiate between the concept of nationhood and government policy.
Most zeroed in on the line “Janji sudah ditepati, kini masa balas budi” (Promises have been fulfilled, now it’s time to return the good deeds) which was seen as a political campaign.
Free Malaysia Today
Merdeka theme song has over 20,500 dislikes
A check on YouTube found that only 289 “liked” the song Janji Ditepati out of 171,257 viewers.
PETALING JAYA: YouTube users poured scorn on this year’s Merdeka theme song, drawing 20,502 “dislikes” compared to 297 “likes” from its 171,257 viewers as at 3pm today.
The video which was posted on July 27 and runs for 3:36 minutes is titled “Janji Ditepati” and the lyrics was penned by Information, Communication and Culture minister Rais Yatim.
The video shows various pictures of programmes under the 1Malaysia campaign, including Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), Baucar Buku 1Malaysia and the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M).
One viewer, who called himself MrPemudapas said,” haha…nak muntah aku tgok video ni…kesian2 aku sorng guru..tme ksih kjaan bg bonus…insyaallah aku akan tetap undi pakatan…hahaha…”
( I feel like vomitting after wathcing the video…thanks for the bonus…God willing I will vote for Pakatan).
Another viewer who goes by the moniker Syu9697 said,” i’m coming back … just to check on the dislike rate .. huhuhu … it’s skyrocketing ..good … like it.”
Irate by the video, one viewer who goes by the moniker James Smith said that politicians should use their own money to help the people if they want gratitude from the masses.
“Duit RM 500 tu pun bukan duit BN, itu sememangnya duit rakyat. jangan duit rakyat kata duit BN. dah 55 tahun sokong, makin banyak tax dan makin tinggi tax. Pastu suruh org balas budi. UBAH.”
(The RM500 aid is not BN’s money. It’s people’s money. Don’t say that people’s money belongs to BN. After 55 years ruling the country, taxation had soared but keep telling people to be grateful).
From Terry Poe
BN’s National Day Song, JANJI DITETAPI (Promises Fulfilled)
Macam malam ikut siang,
Macam bulan ikut matahari,
Satu Malaysia terus berjuang,
Janji kita ditepati,
Kata kita dikota,
Janji kita ditepati,
Hidup rakyat dibela,
Masa depan diberkati,
Janji sudah ditepati,
Kini masa balas budi,
Janji siapa ? Janji Kita,
Janji apa ? Janji Satu Malaysia,
Janji siapa ? Janji Kita,
Janji apa ? Janji Satu Malaysia,
( ulang dari awal )
Ini janji kita, BRIM Satu Malaysia
Ini janji Satu Malaysia, Terima Satu Satu Malaysia,
Kata kita dikota, Klinik Satu Malaysia,
Janji kita ditepati, Kedai Satu Malaysia
The English translation (Google)
Promises are kept
Like night followed day,
Like the moon follow the sun,
A Malaysia continue to fight,
Our promise is met,
We’re in town,
Our promise is met,
Deprived of life,
The future of the blessed,
Promise is fulfilled,
Now the sole response,
* Chorus *
Promise whom? We promise,
Promise what? A promise of Malaysia,
Promise whom? We promise,
Promise what? A promise of Malaysia,
(Repeat from beginning)
This is our promise, BRIM One Malaysia
This promise of One Malaysia, Receive One Malaysia,
We’re in town, Clinic One Malaysia,
Our promise is met, Shop One Malaysia
Perkasa puts in its 10sens’ worth and misses the point. Foot-in-the-mouth. AGAIN.
Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has defended the ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promises Fulfilled) theme for this year’s Merdeka Day celebrations, stressing that this is a universal slogan.
“Don’t you think fulfilling promises is not a universal value? … ‘Janji Ditepati’ is a universal value,” said supreme council member Zulkifli Nordin last night, after a breaking of fast event in Kuala Lumpur.
“If the government says ‘we will honour our promises’, we don’t see anything wrong with that… people who are opposed to the slogan are people who cannot fulfil promises.”
Already facing criticism from the industry over its logo, the 55th National Day’s theme song, too, has left many cringing.
For Buddhi Hekayat, who penned the award-winning song Awan Nano, the National Day theme song has the hallmarks of “vulgar propaganda”.
“The words may be polite but it is just that. It does not reflect nationhood and the meaning of independence, but is a song to showcase a ruling government,” he said.
He added that the line “janji sudah ditepati, kini masa balas budi” (Promises have been fulfilled, now it’s time to pay return the good deeds), is like “holding a knife to the rakyat’s neck”.
“Many people would say I’m saying this because I’m a PKR member and all that, but truly, I’d say the same if Pakatan Rakyat did this,” said the Parit Sulong PKR division chief, whose real name is Hasmi Hashim.
Malaysiakini received a CD with the song and lyrics during the launch of the National Day theme at Brickfield earlier this month.
The lyrics were written by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim while the melody is by Aye, Jasnie and Arman E six.
Free Malaysia Today
National Day or BN Day?
By appropriating the celebrations with his ‘Janji Ditepati’ slogan, Najib has shown how desperate he is to swing votes in BN’s favour
In all the 22 years of his tenure as prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had never ever used BN’s party slogan for the National Day celebrations. This is due to the fact that Dr Mahathir is a man of ideas unlike the current Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak.
And PM Najib’s lack of ideas is really obvious because he is using BN’s campaign slogan, ‘Janji Ditepati’ (Promises Fulfilled) as the slogan for the National Day.
“The PM has decided that the National Day is also BN’s Day and this is irresponsible at best and despicable at worst,” said Kuala Selangor PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad.
“By doing so, Najib has ignored 48% of the rakyat who gave the opposition the popular vote in the previous general election. The National Day theme should be neutral and all inclusive, for example the slogan ‘Together We Rebuild The Nation’ would be more suitable,” added Dzulkefly.
His PAS colleague, Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar concurred, saying that by using the party slogan the PM has shown disrespect to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and PR’s supporters as if the National Day only belongs to BN.
Definitely BN has appropriated the National Day for themselves and this use of the National Day as an election campaign platform is an indication that there is a high probability that Parliament will be dissolved in August.
Free Malaysia Today
Playing the ‘Janji Ditepati’ game
The ‘Janji Ditepati’ blackmail being employed by BN does not warrant any obligation on the part of the rakyat to support Najib’s leadership.
On the contrary, the coalition has been taking liberties with the voters, assuming the ‘goodies’ doled out to them will buy their silence in questioning the federal government over its acts of nepotism and cronyism.
The coming 13th GE will confirm in the rakyat’s eyes the credibility of the federal government, which post-2008 has become questionable.
To come out with catchy slogans like “People first, performance later” and the 1Malaysia “Janji Ditepati” (Promises Fulfilled) is not good enough to win the people’s confidence, not when much dirt on BN has been dug up by Pakatan Rakyat.