Even though I think it is
unnecessary, the reality is that it provides breathing room for everyone
to get their acts together without threatening measures that would
worsen the pandemic for the average Malaysian.
My sources had told me that an emergency
was in the works, and it really did not bother me at all. No
doubt, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will make some sort of
statement about standard operating procedures (SOPs) or whatever else
this incompetent regime can think of to make this "emergency" seem like a
serious endeavour by the government and to impress upon the rakyat how
grave the Covid situation in this country is.
have no doubt that the pandemic situation is bad, very bad, which was
exacerbated by this kakistocracy but the rakyat have to share the blame
too. The rakyat, especially those privileged with a little bit more
income than the rest of their brethren and who constantly fret about the
pandemic on social media, have not taken the individual responsibility
to ensure that SOPs are followed or curtailed their lifestyle so as to
curb the spread of the virus. Malaysians generally went about their
business as if the pandemic was just a figment of Trumpian imagination.
is so much easier to continue to blame the Perikatan Nasional (PN)
government and rabble rouse than to question ourselves as to the role we
played in this third wave. This is not the kind of emergency
that older Malaysian will remember. This is a kind of "emergency lite"
that is just a political stunt to buy time.
The very fact that
life still goes on as normal, even more normal than the first lockdown,
should tell us something about this "emergency". I, for one, think as
far as bad ideas go, it is a pretty good bad idea. Keep in mind
that the political establishment is saying that there will be no curfew
and life – as it is under the movement control order (MCO) – should go
on as normal. I said as much at the last failed attempt of an emergency here:
the rakyat really have to understand is this. One, this is not the kind
of emergency that you think it is, the kind where there will be armed
forces on the streets with possible shoot-to-kill orders and with
movements restricted when the country shuts down because the state
restricts economic and social norms."
Also keep in mind that the
Agong wants some sort of consultative council made up of government MPs,
the opposition and various experts to advise when the emergency could
be lifted. I, for one, am waiting for the unintended laughs when a group
of incompetent politicians get together and attempt to sort out the
problem that they helped engineer.
Do not get me wrong, I think
this is an ideal moment for bipartisanship, but I have no idea if our
political operatives are mature enough to handle something like this
without resorting to the business as usual of partisan politics no doubt
egged on by their respective bases.
Slime ball politicians
course, the big plus for the PN regime when it comes to this is the
suspension of Parliament and elections, especially the upcoming Sarawak
elections. I happen to think that this is a good thing for the rakyat.
sincerely believe that political operatives are such slime balls that
they would risk an election just to attempt to grab power back from
other slime ball politicians and damn the rakyat to Covid-19 in the
process. As it is, we see politicians fleeing the PN government and
numerous sordid political operatives taking advantage of the strife in
the Malay establishment.
just shrug at all this talk of Parliament being suspended. Honestly,
can anyone tell me what goes in the Malaysian Parliament that has any
benefit to the rakyat? Has the political class done anything in
Parliament that would make a difference in the lives of the average
The majority of Malaysians, regardless of race or
religion, have no idea what goes on in Parliament, and every time the
progressive elements in society think that Parliament is going to come
through for them, they have been sorely disappointed.
I mean if
there was some sort of suspension of the media, then I would be worried.
At least in the media, the rakyat has some sort of say. After all, most
political operatives use the media to spin, lie and shape narratives,
all the while wheeling and dealing behind the scenes while shovelling
high-minded rhetoric at the rakyat.
When in Parliament, they
suddenly lose their cajones and attempt to blame each other for
strategic mistakes and the total abandonment of what they promised to
Saying this to some of my friends has always gotten
me into a lot of trouble, but so long as the opposition has got the
media, then really whatever business they are doing in Parliament could
be shelved for a couple of months.
If they (the opposition) were
doing some good there, this emergency would become an issue, but the
reality is that politicians are just trying to find a way to grab or
retain power and Parliament is the brothel in which the rakyat is
Breathing room for PN
At least now
the threat of snap elections, which is to grab power, is off the table.
Political operatives can go about their business of being so incredibly
incompetent without the possibility of throwing us all under the bus for
a snap election, which is, in reality, is a super-spreader event.
course, this gives the PN regime breathing room to secure its position,
but when you think of how political operatives are jumping all over the
place, the way how the old maverick is fermenting dissent in the
opposition and the establishment and of course, the actions of saboteurs
of the deep Islamic state, this idea that there are "good guys" who are
going to be hampered by this emergency is just pure horse manure.
Forget about the pandemic but really this emergency - uncalled for that
it is - acts as a circuit breaker for unscrupulous political operatives
including the PN state.
the political aspect of this emergency, there is really no need for it.
In specific states, the MCO order gives the state political and
security apparatus all it needs to maintain control of the rakyat. The
fact is that the police, for the most part, have demonstrated that it
can effectively maintain control and impose order on the rakyat during
the last MCO.
For the most part, the rakyat have demonstrated that
it can function under an MCO and follow orders with minimal disruption.
The reality is that the government cannot afford to have a lockdown
indefinitely because the economic stakes are just too high.
disruptions of political and social norms like the MCO would adversely
affect the fragile economic ecosystems and would necessitate more
control by the state to maintain the breakdown of law and order that
comes with an economic crisis.
If anyone thinks that this
emergency would drag on unnecessarily, he or she has drunk too much of
the Kool-Aid. The establishment, always hungry for lucre which comes
from a somewhat stable economy, would never allow it to go too far.
only thing I worry about is that agents of the deep Islamic state will
redouble their efforts to achieve their agendas, but since most
political operatives would not stand in their way, there is very little
we can do about that.
Starting the year with an emergency breaks
the toxic politics for the moment.