Time to move on from Dr M - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, July 20, 2020
Malaysiakini : "There's no need to beat on our chests and muddy the waters anymore. There's no need to insult and disparage. Let's move on, the
country needs healing."
- Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Zakir Naik
| Reading all this commentary on the recent political plays by former
prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a constant reminder of how Pakatan
Harapan has failed. More importantly, it gives the Perikatan Nasional
government the sideshow it needs while it contorts into a semblance of a
functional government - because it, at least, seems coherent by
When the former prime minister and alleged kleptocrat Najib Abdul Razak came off sounding reasonable in his rejection of Mahathir’s narrative of why he quit as prime minister, one should realise how far Harapan has fallen.
lawmaker Noor Amin Ahmad should have the last word in this sordid mess
when he took to Twitter, reminding everyone that things would have been
different if Mahathir had not resigned. In other words, Harapan may have
been able to scramble together a coalition, but it would be the same
old Harapan that was attempting to create a Neo-BN, instead of a New
Laying the blame on Anwar Ibrahim, post-Sheraton Move,
is the “dog ate my homework” of excuses. If Mahathir and the factions
that support him were interested in “saving Malaysia” from PN, then they
would throw their support behind Anwar and broker a deal, instead of
continuing to act as proxies for the old maverick.
Now, some folks
think it’s best to have Mahathir on the inside. This brings to mind
what former US president Lyndon B Johnson said of that cretin and
long-deceased FBI director J Edgar Hoover: "I'd rather have him inside
the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”
problem is that no matter where Mahathir stands or says he stands, the
old maverick was always causing problems for his allies. Very quickly
after the election, it became obvious that Mahathir was still playing by
his own rules and all those voices pre-election were muted, embroiled
in their own battles of grappling with a bureaucracy that was attempting
to find its new master.
The fact that Malay power brokers,
warlords and the assorted swamp dwellers in Putrajaya are openly jeering
the former prime minister is demonstrative of how the mighty have
fallen. Mahathir could have been the father of a new Malaysia. I truly
believed that such is his political acumen that if he truly wanted
reforms, he would have been the person to carry them out. Even more so
Want to know what I think is a blessing in disguise?
It’s if Malay power has truly weaned itself off Mahathir. If this is not
some sort of a shadow play and Malay hegemons are really throwing
themselves behind someone else besides the person who, for better or
worse, defined their political identity for years. I just hope that the
non-Malays have the scrotal fortitude to do the same.
who publicly supported the former prime minister before the elections,
while my comrades who for years bore the brunt of the Mahathir state
were aghast, I admit that we conned folks into believing that there was a
silver lining to aligning with the former prime minister, who Nurul
Izzah Anwar had called a dictator.
When Nurul Izzah (above) gave that interview with the Straits Times,
where she said working with the old maverick was difficult and that she
was heartbroken, this should have been a warning sign to Harapan.
Instead, it became a moment where political operatives were bending over
backwards, attempting to blame her for airing dirty linen in public and
in the Singapore press, of all places.
Even now, on his birthday,
Mahathir continued with narratives that have destroyed the discourse in
this country and distorted policy when it comes to the majority polity.
The reasons why the “Malays” are the way they are is because of
Mahathir. He never had a problem calling Malays lazy and jealous of
wealthier Malays but at the same time, enabled their worst excesses
because it suited him politically. Are you going to blame Anwar for this
How 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 New Malaysia instead of a traitor who rode roughshod over
those who voted Harapan.
Now his acolytes who remain with him are
under investigation by the state. Azmin Ali, who the old maverick
stamped his imprimatur on and who, by the way, the old maverick has
still not condemned, is closing in on an endgame. Harapan, because it
lacks an ideological foundation and political operatives committed to
reform, are in a weaker position now than they were when they were in
Survey after survey has demonstrated that young people
believe that their votes do not matter. Both coalitions have made it
their agendas to prove young people right. Young people have so much
political power in this country, but as long as their apathy is
enforced, the longer this kakistocracy remains in place.
should forget about the old maverick. They should concentrate on
building a multi-racial narrative with an emphasis on alleviating the
social-economic issues facing the Malay polity because of the failing
race-based and corruption-riddled policies of Umno/BN/PN.
what we do now as a multi-racial alternative will determine the kind of
country the majority of polity will live in the future.