The DAP is finally beginning to show signs of behaving like a good opposition. I've regularly insisted that Opposition 2.0 needs to do more than just make noise in the political sandiwara. Seems like somebody listened. They have just released their budget proposal for 2008. I quickly downloaded it to see what ideas they might have.
This is a good start, for them to show some competence in dealing with everyday government matters. To the opposition zealots who keep crying for a chance, here is their chance. There is no reason that the opposition needs to be in power to demonstrate it's ability to govern. But, after reading it briefly, I do have a few of comments:
- The document lacks polish as there are several spelling and grammar errors, especially in the foreward by LGE. Granted, they may not have had enough man power to scrutinise every little detail, but it affects the overall impression of a document.
- The document is in English, I'm hoping that they will have versions available in other languages soon. I assume that this is something that they are working on presently and all versions will be made available soon.
- The document is a political document, with very clear indications on which groups of people the DAP are targeting for votes in the coming GE. However, it is at least a solid document that is based on fundamental data.
- I personally like the DAP budget as it promotes things that I agree to. It encourages transparency, promotes education, healthcare, economy, and most importantly, emphasises the technology sector.