This from today's The Star newspaper:
"Give us RM 100,000 annually or we chop down all the trees near the water catchment areas in the state." This was the threat Menteri Besar* Azizan Abdul Razak issued to the Federal Government.
He said the state government was losing millions in revenue because they could not chop down the trees for timber. "We know it is prohibited to cut down trees near water catchment areas, but the state is losing a lot in terms of revenue."
You know what words sprang into my mind as I read that?
Blackmail and extortion.
A man who doesn't worry about future generations.
A man who doesn't care if even his own constituents have clean water and clean air.
A man who has never heard of global warming.
A man who has never heard of the value of the biodiversity of the rainforest.
A man who doesn't care if he commits a crime even though he knows what the law says.
A man who doesn't have the faintest idea of how to govern.
The guy is from PAS, a party which is supposed to uphold religious values. Yet his idea of good governance is to threaten to trash his state?
*Translation: Chief Minister - i.e. State Premier or State Governor, in this case, of Kedah State.