We should apologise for endorsing Dr M, not be an apologist for him - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Malaysiakini : "Don't everyone thank me at once." – Han Solo (Star Wars)
Let’s just get this out of the way. I am one of those people who
supports a snap election. Everyone seems to be quoting from movies, so
will I. Do not be afraid of a snap election. As Vincent reminds us in Collateral
- “Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the
environment, Darwin, shit happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll
I have no interest in a “unity government” – whatever that means -
nor do I believe that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has the ability or interests
of bringing people together. There is not an iota of evidence,
even circumstantial, that Mahathir is capable of choosing people based
on “merit” as he likes to claim but, more importantly, mainstream
political operatives have proven that they are an unholy bunch who
couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel.
Who knows what the new day
brings but if some politicians want a snap election, and they are not
alone as various civil society groups have argued the same too, we
should have a snap election.
Even If PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim
scraps by and gets the votes to cobble up a government, we should have a
snap election because it is the only way a legitimate government – even
with all the horse-trading that comes with a new government – can be
formed. The same applies to Umno/PAS/Bersatu if they cobble up a
government. Worried about the far-right and agents of the fascist
state coming into power? Well, this is what happens when a coalition
breaks up because one man decides to screw everyone over in his
coalition. This is the price we pay for compromising, enabling and
justifying behaviour anathema to democratic practices all because we
wanted to remove Najib Abdul Razak.
Worried about Najib coming
back? Why? We have voted in kleptocrats for decades and when we had the
chance for something new, the elected prime minister said that the
manifesto was not worth the paper it was printed on and his erstwhile
allies just buried their heads in the sand.
When someone jokes that you cannot even balik China
because of the coronavirus, always remember that that at least you have
the option and skill set to survive outside Malaysia if you want to.
Besides all this will not matter. Non-Malays are losing the demographic
As a good PAS friend always says to me, “Thaya, one
day we will be the majority and you will not have a political party to
vote for. Not that you will be here. You will be by Allah’s side, Allah
willing.” Gee, thanks for that.
As I write this, attorney-general Tommy Thomas (below) has resigned.
Already some folks from the far-right have been texting me and hoping
for an LTTE crackdown by the new AG. I tell them you can arrest as many
people as you like, but when the religious fanatics start their terror
campaign, at least some Indians will be locked up safely somewhere.
We have lived through corrupt, bigoted and, yes, racists AGs and we will survive. What I will not do is kowtow to the idea that Mahathir is still the best option when we are in this mess because people like me advocated for his return.
we are to turn into a failed state that Harapan and Mahathir blathered
on about pre-election, then at least we should give the rakyat one more
chance to roll the dice. I hope everyone understands, the last
general election was to be the redemption of Mahathir. This was the
argument those of us used when we endorsed him - this idea that he had
changed and that Najib was the existential threat facing this country.
there are people saying that this man can lead a unity government? Are
people gullible enough to believe that Mahathir, who destroyed Harapan
and who now plays of his party against his comrades for personal power,
is someone who understands what unity means?
And please PKR vice-president Tian Chua, tell me again howlabelling
the treacherous behaviour of your comrades is exposing my insecurity?
You poopyheads brought down a legitimate government and now you want us
to work together to bring about a golden age of political subservience?
Mahathir publicly given any indication of the criteria of people who
would be chosen to save this country? Has he articulated the underlying
ideological framework of his unity government?
understands is that the turmoil he has caused breeds fear and
insecurity. He knows people want stability and will overlook his
machinations because he seems a comfortable alternative to the unknown.
Mahathir does not even want to commit to parts of the Harapan election
manifesto, which democratises Malaysia. What does this say about his
idea of “unity”?
This idea that Mahathir who either by omission or
design created this mess should lead any kind of government is
mendacious and people who think that a unity government will somehow
“save Malaysia” are committing the same mistake - a mistake I made -
when we endorsed Mahathir.
When Mariam Mokhtar,
for instance, says that Sunday’s mess could have been avoided if Anwar
turned Port Dickson into Dubai or some such nonsense, which is complete
malarkey because if you are willing to destroy your cabinet, the
government and your allies just to screw over a political opponent, this
says more about you than your political opponent.
It would have
been really something if Mariam had given examples of how Mahathir was
steering 'HMS Malaysia' through choppy waters instead of just blaming
Anwar for the machinations of the maverick in securing power for himself
and his political party. And you know something, Mariam, the
reasons why the “Malays” are the way they are is because of Mahathir who
never had a problem calling Malays lazy and jealous of wealthier Malays
but, at the same time, enabling their worst excesses because it suited
him politically. Are you going to blame Anwar for this too?
about if Mahathir had just committed to the Harapan reforms and did not
plot and scheme as if he was a young politician with a future instead of
an alleged kleptocrat and avowed strongman who was given a shot to
change his record. He would have been remembered as the father of a New
Malaysia instead of a traitor who rode roughshod over those who voted
am a critic of Anwar but if you are going to signal him for his “super
liberal” and LGBT polemics, why not spread a little venom on Mahathir
who has said the same or worse. And for god’s sake stop blaming the
Malays as if the non-Malays have not contributed to the systemic
dysfunction of this country.
in mind that the non-Malays supported Mahathir for decades. Even the
old maverick acknowledged that the non-Malays supported him when the
Malay establishment was against him. In a way, you could make the
argument that more Malays knew and rejected what Mahathir was than the
majority of non-Malays who propped him up for decades and who he is
relying on now to do the same.
Want to know what I think is a
blessing in disguise? If Malay power has truly weaned themselves off
Mahathir. If this is not some sort of shadow play and Malay hegemons are
really throwing themselves behind someone else besides the person who
for better or worse – more worse, I think – defined their political
identity for years. I just hope that the non-Malays have the scrotal
fortitude to do the same.
Not having an election in this toxic landscape could be worse. Elections have consequences. Harapan learnt that the hard way.