Malaysiakini :“This government may not be the government you voted for. But I want all of you to know this government cares for you.” - Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
| In a recent event, Lim Kit Siang said this: "In fact, I would go so
far as to say that Muhyiddin and his cabinet acted in utter disregard of
the Rukun Negara on 'Loyalty to king and country'." – which really
means that while Perikatan Nasional (PN) is a government, it is not one
supported by the mandate of the people, nor it is legitimate based on
Indeed, in the peninsula, we have all these
satellite parties like the MCA and MIC revolving around the Muhyiddin
regime, unsupported by any popular will and acting as fig leaves for
unscrutinised policies and sustaining the “social contract”.
PN regime had to try twice before it got its “emergency” and when it
did, its most recent ordinance was to bypass parliamentary scrutiny to
expand the budget as it sees fit.
Indeed it is so fearful of the
youth vote, or any voting for that matter, that the state is currently
investigating various pressure groups demanding that Undi18 not be
When PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang claimed that youths
are not “mature” enough to vote and it is a “Western” concept, Lim Guan
Eng rightly pointed out the hypocrisy of such a statement. However, what
is important to understand is that fascistic thinking is the norm for a
government fearful of elections. Even Umno, when it was in power, had
the mandate from the rakyat.
is currently “suspended” even though there is no credible reason not to
reconvene. So what we have is a collection of “cabinet ministers” from
various parties that were not elected into government – the coalition
that won – retaining power only through the suspension of legitimate
democratic norms and cannibalising each other to retain power.
are constantly told not to question the legitimacy of the government and
doing so could be considered seditious. Meanwhile, the Constitution is
put on hold and various PN potentates wage war while the people are
given handouts and promised more "goodies" if they remain silent.
this emergency gave PN was an opportunity to reshape government policy
without any kind of oversight from the political apparatus –
establishment or opposition – and the means through the state security
apparatus and weak prime minister to carry out such agendas.
don't forget about all those plum positions in GLCs given to political
hacks or the various positions in government given to allies of the
current prime minister or even the various political operatives who have
jumped ship under a cloud of “investigations”.
What we have here
is a government formed of political operatives whose only allegiance is
not “race and religion” which is the justification, but rather, loyalty
to a prime minister from a tiny party borne out of treachery.
dwarf party Bersatu has not only managed to entice Umno political
operatives but now, with an unsupervised hand in the kitty, will no
doubt inspire more Umno cretins to support PN, thus reducing Umno to a
collection of squabbling brats – which they always were – but without
the “unity” the crown of Putrajaya gave them.
If you ever wondered what a Malay uber alles government
looks like, it is this. The current prime minister, when he declared
the "emergency", calmly explained that this was not meant to seize power
but rather because it was necessary to combat the pandemic. Now, of
course, he travels the country attempting to shore up support while his
nemesis Umno spectacularly implodes.
All pretext has been
dropped and we have someone like Bersatu’s Wan Saiful Wan Jan coyly
implying that the PN supporting faction within Umno would bring down the
battled Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Again, this has nothing to
do with the will of the rakyat, even those who support Umno, but rather
the will of political operatives loyal to Muhyiddin.
Kassim and Khairy Jamaluddin wanting Umno to hold elections as a means
of resolving the crisis – what crisis? – is again bypassing the will of
the rakyat who voted for Umno, instead of holding an Umno election which
both have claimed and publically reported is rife with “money
Shahidan said: “For me, it is better for the election
to be conducted in accordance with the constitution. I do not agree that
it is early.” This is laughable, considering the fact that he wants to
be part of a government that does not give a damn about the Constitution
of the country.
This again points to the elitism and hubris of
someone like Shahidan, who has no problem relying on the constitution of
his party to resolve a democratic issue that should be decided by the
people of Malaysia.
calls for party polls, Khairy said: “Do not postpone elections until
after GE15. It needs to be held this year. Umno must head into GE15 with
strong leadership that has a clear plan and can win the support of the
people. Do the right thing, supreme council. You know we cannot continue
like this.” This is bizarre because the Umno supreme council already
made its call and obviously it is one with which Khairy is not
So what Khairy wants is an election where he gets a
supreme council, or so he hopes, which would make them do the right
thing, whatever that is. In other words, he wants an election to
determine an outcome for him, but of course, he does not extend the same
right to the people of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said this
of Khairy pressing for an election within the party: "I would like to
warn KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin) that we are not stupid. We know who you are
and what you are doing.” Yes, thanks Sherlock, everyone knows what
Khairy is doing and everyone knows why Zahid is doing what he is doing.
And everyone knows what you are doing. The problem here is that the
rakyat cannot do anything about it because the PN regime does not want
to hold elections.
If all these people are really interested in
what the rakyat "want'', they would demand that elections be held and
demonstrate their allegiance upfront to the current prime minister,
instead of attempting a “coup” with an Umno election as a fig leaf. Umno
and Bersatu both fear settling their difference in the electoral arena.
PN is a government in search of a country and one which, at the same
time, is afraid of the will of the people. But remember what the prime
minister said: it is a government that cares for you, even though you
did not vote for it.