They talk of ideals, of reforms, of transparency and democracy.
But when it comes to the brunt of things like owning up to wrong doings and criticisms, Pakatan will scoff at such accusation as an attempt to sabotage its credibility.
What credibility is left when the very credibility is shrouded with contemptuous doubts and question marks and punctuated with half truths or worse still lies and deceit.
Of late there has been many exposure of the so-called goodie goodie Pakatan Rakyat which turned out to be not so goodie after all. There is more farce than anything else actually.
Pakatan has all along been good at packaging itself, good at self glorification but when it comes to having a better delivery system, they fail miserably. They even fail to live up to what they have been preaching.
Take for instance the Kampung Buah Pala case in Penang. Two personal assistants of DAP and PKR leaders found themselves to be conveniently lucky to be picked to receive coveted corner lots recently.
Well so much for convenience and luck and talking about cronies, fairness, transparency and what the CAT thing the Penang government has been propagating. Oh yes – Competency, Accountability and Transparency.
When it comes to the crux of the matter, it is not applicable anymore. Cronyism or nepotism suddenly does not exist in their vocabulary all of a sudden.
Then there was also the case of the DAP assemblyman who was given a 1 hectare land in mainland Penang at a good 88 per cent discount recently.
This was despite the fact that Lim Guan Eng had actually pledged on winning the 2008 general elections “that no DAP assemblyman would be given state land.”
What has happened to your promise and your word on that, Guan Eng.?
Wait, there is more to tell. While Pakatan and its partners have been consistently calling for free and fair access to the media, its DAP partner has been doing just the opposite.
While crying foul that there has been inadequate coverage for the Opposition in the mainstream media, ironically they banned Utusan Malaysia from covering the ongoing Penang legislative assembly meeting.
New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia have also been barred from covering Lim Guan Eng’s press conferences while TV3 and Berita Harian are often left out of the official invite lists from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Could this be the hallmark of what Pakatan hopes to build for the future of all Malaysians.
When we talk about democracy, we must also be prepared to take brickbats so as to improve one’s weaknesses.
We don’t see anti-government portals such as Malaysiakini or MalaysianInsider being shut down or barred from covering government events, even almost every story is about running down the government.
Being in government is not as simple as being on the opposite side of the fence, taking potshots at others.
Sweeping things under the carpet, banning newspapers, hacking websites and issuing gag order seemed to be the norm and usual practice of Pakatan when the going gets tough or rough.
This portal is not spared either. It has been a victim of vicious hacking on numerous occasions. We want to believe that we are doing a damn good job exposing the political chameleons.
Someone up there must have given the orders. Hack them, shut them up – so much for the right of expression and freedom of speech.