The hour is getting late... – All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
With political operatives lining up to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,
there of course is all this talk of a realignment of power or perhaps
the ending of this emergency.
The emergency is playing out like
just another power struggle in the ruling political class but the rakyat
has become increasingly agitated by the constant flip-flopping and the
hubris of certain political operatives.
The MCO (movement control order) for certain states has more of an impact than the emergency declaration has ever had.
While the pandemic is raging in this country, the best the political establishment can come up with is this continuing sandiwara, meant to distract the rakyat from the fact that successive kakistocracies have wrought this dismal response to the pandemic.
course, the rakyat will never know what is going on, because political
operatives are tight-lipped about such appointments but will spill their
guts when the damage has been done and they are attempting to portray
themselves as victims rather than active participants.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the issue of a new government did not arise
in the meeting but if the emergency is lifted and Parliament
reconvened, you can bet your last ringgit that political plays will be
made to realign political power here in Malaysia and partisanship will
override any sense of collective responsibility we have towards the
health security of this nation.
have no idea what kind of political realignment is possible but it
would most probably be defined by Malay uber alles preoccupations
because the DAP either is demonised or told to kowtow by the Malay
establishment. This will never change because of the sadomasochistic
component of non-Malay participation in mainstream ketuanan politics.
I still believe that Pakatan Harapan could not organise an orgy in a
brothel, the lion's share of the blame as to why we are losing this war
against Covid-19 falls on the PN regime.
The fact that Harapan
was bending over backwards attempting some sort of equilibrium with the
PN regime for a unified approach to handle this pandemic and was
rejected by the government, demonstrates that the state is more
interested in sustaining power than in dealing with the pandemic.
Perikatan Nasional regime could have made the handling of this pandemic
its central goal thereby gaining traction with the rakyat. Instead, it
chose to mishandle the pandemic while attempting to destabilise the
As the numbers grew, state administrators scrambled
to find excuses and blame shift while the federal government, embroiled
in political machinations, attempted to paint a picture of competency,
while cracking down on dissent.
Meanwhile the rakyat, jaded and
fatigued, went about dismantling the new normal in creative ways because
neither the MCO nor the emergency made any sense, beyond putting up
hurdles to supporting their families or interfering in activities which
they were brainwashed into believing, trumped any sense of community
If you ever wondered what a Malay uber alles
government looks like, it is this. The current prime minister,
Muhyiddin Yassin, 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.
these warring factions do not give a damn about their constituents and
the constant shifting of alliances, and the political manoeuvrings have
created a terrain where conspiracy theories and hyper-partisanship shift
focus, away from the failed responses of this government and the brazen
silliness of the rakyat disguised as rebelliousness or fatigue.
this government has demonstrated is that Malay unity is a myth and even
the DAP hate cannot override the instinct for political one-upmanship
in the Malay political establishment.
Meanwhile, as predicted,
non-Malay political power structures continue to cannibalise each other
ensuring that mainstream political narratives remain relevant when they
have passed their use-by date.
Political analyst Wong Chin Huat rightly points to the rather abused Malaysian “... insatiable fetish of unity, this idea will never die, even if it can never work.”
this time Umno could have demonstrated a willingness to work with
Harapan instead of the sub rosa moves by certain Umno operatives to deal
directly with Anwar. What we got were those farcical pressers which
damaged the credibility of Harapan, and made the PN government look
stronger than it really is.
Wong advocates a Confidence and Supply
Agreement (CSA) deal which sounds good but the problem is that the
foundation of mainstream Malay politics - it answers to nobody.
is an all or nothing game. Nobody should expect the Muhyiddin regime to
agree to this because if they were interested in any kind of oversight
or even the optics of bipartisanship, they would have managed to make a
deal with Harapan – who knows what games Umno would play – and this
would go a long way in legitimising the current regime. All this of
course is part of the distraction.
Besides we have been assured by the 'prime minister in waiting' that a new government is not in play in the establishment.
next few days will be mired in all sorts of spinning and advancement of
certain political narratives, while the state continues to give ground
to this pandemic.
If Parliament is convened, that is when the
knives will come out and the rakyat will no doubt be surprised as to who
gets stabbed in the back.