Friday, February 28, 2014

Anwar rejoins UMNO as Deputy Prime Minister

Anwar is not really interested in the job of Menteri Besar of Selangor. He just wants that job to facilitate a deal with Umno and ‘give’ Selangor back to Barisan Nasional through a ‘unity government’ in return for the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. 
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER 
Raja Petra Kamarudin
First of all, my apologies to those who have already read what I am about to say or feel I am merely repeating myself. If you have been following Malaysia Today since it was first launched ten years ago in 2004 — soon after the March 2004 general election disaster and two weeks before Anwar Ibrahim was released from jail — then most likely you have already read what I am about to say. To those newcomers, this may be ‘news’ to you.
Let me start with why we decided to launch Malaysia Today in 2004.
The March 2004 general election was the worst election ever for the opposition. PKR practically got wiped out except for just the party President, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Even then she won on the second count. On the first count she lost. Hence it was actually a draw since they should have done a third count, which they did not do.
I was the campaign manager for PKR’s Deputy President, Abdul Rahman Othman, who contested against Tengku Adnan in Putrajaya. And Rahman not only lost but lost his deposit as well. That was adding insult to injury and a huge shame for me, the campaign manager. The PKR people (those who did not like Rahman) actually laughed at me to my face. Can you imagine how that felt, to be laughed at to your face?
I was mad as fucking hell. I wanted revenge. I wanted to cut Barisan Nasional and Umno down to size. I wanted to give them a run for their money and erase those smirks off their faces. Never in my life have I ever had to face a bunch of Umno gangsters alone with a knife in my hand. And in March 2004 that was exactly what I had to do in Putrajaya. So this was a vendetta as far as I was concerned.
Soon after that I planned Malaysia Today with one aim in mind, to fight back in an Internet war, and on Friday, 13th August 2004, Malaysia Today took off. Two weeks later Anwar was released from jail.
Then I received ‘instructions’ to NOT attack the First Family. Attack Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but not Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family, his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, included.
Then I found out that PKR Youth Leader Ezam Mohd Noor (now an Umno Senator) had sneaked Khairy into Anwar’s house through the kitchen at midnight of 2nd September 2004, the day Anwar was released.
The next day I revealed that secret meeting and the Prime Minister denied it. I was called a liar.
Then some Umno people also found out and they pressured the Prime Minister to explain what Khairy was doing in Anwar’s house. Now cornered, Tun Abdullah explained that Khairy was just delivering Anwar’s international passport to him. This was on TV and in all the newspapers the next day.
Two days later, The Star published a picture of Azmin Ali wheeling (Anwar was in a wheelchair) Anwar into the Immigration Department office in Pusat Bandar Damansara to collect his international passport.
So what Tun Abdullah said two days earlier was a lie. Khairy was not there to deliver Anwar’s passport. What was he there for then?
A couple of months later the real reason was revealed when the Sarawak Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud, brought Anwar to Tun Abdullah’s house in Kepala Batas on the second day of Hari Raya. A picture of Anwar, Tun Abdullah, Taib and a certain Sarawak Chinese business tycoon all sitting at the same table laughing and joking came out in the newspapers.
Nevertheless, that was still a puzzle. What deal was Anwar negotiating with Tun Abdullah with the help of Taib? Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom I met in his house later, told me. Anwar wants to return to Umno, Tun Dr Mahathir said.
But that was what Tun Dr Mahathir said. Is this true?
Last year, the truth was revealed when Wikileaks exposed the exchange of communications between the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Washington. According to the US Embassy, Tun Abdullah told them that Anwar wanted to return to Umno but there was resistance from certain people. And this ‘certain people’ was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who threatened that he would oust Tun Abdullah if he brought Anwar back to Umno.
So what Tun Dr Mahathir told me was true after all. Tun Abdullah told the US Embassy the same thing — that in turn reported to Washington and now has been leaked by Wikileaks.
So now I understand why I had been instructed to not attack the First Family, Khairy included. Anwar was talking to them about his return to Umno.
Over the last year or two Tun Dr Mahathir and his boys (the Umno Bloggers included) have been attacking Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. I started probing as to why they are so angry with Najib and I was told that it is because Anwar and Najib are ‘talking’ and this upset Tun Dr Mahathir.
I was still sceptical about this until last Christmas when PKR’s Secretary-General, PAS’s Secretary-General, and Zahid Hamidi, met for ‘unity talks’ in London. The PAS President who was also in London refused to join the talks but he met me in Manchester the following week to confirm the talks.
And, today, Dr Mahathir’s sort of ‘mouthpiece’, Kadir Jasin, revealed what is going on. And when Kadir Jasin talks that is the same as Dr Mahathir talking. And, according to Kadir Jasin, Najib and Anwar are talking about a deal where Anwar will be given back his job of Deputy Prime Minister. (READ HERE).
PAS, of course, knows this, and that is why they do not want Anwar replacing Khalid Ibrahim as the Menteri Besar of Selangor. And this was also why the PAS President refused to join the Umno-PKR-PAS ‘unity talks’ in London over Christmas last year.
Anwar is not really interested in the job of Menteri Besar of Selangor. He just wants that job to facilitate a deal with Umno and ‘give’ Selangor back to Barisan Nasional through a ‘unity government’ in return for the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Now, after ten years since Khairy walked into Anwar’s house through the kitchen and the meeting Taib arranged at Tun Abdullah’s house in Kepala Batas, Anwar’s dream of returning to the government as the Deputy Prime Minister may finally come true.
What a long and winding climb back to the top for Anwar. And with Najib under attack from Dr Mahathir and his gang, Najib needs Anwar more than ever, more than Anwar needs him.
Does Dr Mahathir realise that his attacks on Najib just helps Anwar get back his job of Deputy Prime Minister? And if you say that Anwar is not interested in becoming Deputy Prime Minister, then why did he take Dr Mahathir to court to try to get his sacking declared null and void?
Anwar wants back his job of Deputy Prime Minister so badly to the extent of using the court to help him get back his job. But he failed in court so now he is trying to use Najib instead. And that is why Tun Dr Mahathir is attacking Najib. And Dr Mahathir’s mouthpiece, Kadir Jasin, has just confirmed this.
Phew! Isn’t Malaysian politics interesting?
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So now do you understand why Ezam and gang rejoined UMNO?  Every year Ezam and gang gets over RM2 million from PKR to piece the jigsaw for Anwar's return.
PAS and DAP going to be fuck big time and they are going to HELP ANWAR WIN KAJANG.

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Anwar evades Selangor water questions



COMMENT It’s an experience to be back in the minority. It reminds me of when I first joined PKR, around 2007, when the party had just the one seat in Parliament. Nobody listened to us much then, but we wrote what we thought anyway.

I harbour no illusions that I am leading some sort of quest that will lead to the downfall of any individual or party, or change the course of events.

If nothing changes, Anwar Ibrahim will almost certainly become state assemblyman for Kajang in a little over a month - that’s for the people of Kajang to decide. There is every possibility that he will be Selangor menteri besar soon after - that’s for a rather more complicated set of people to decide. I am not among them.

Just as in 2007, the likelihood of successfully changing things is not the only thing that makes us speak out. Whatever we thought of our odds, we kept on trying to tell the truth - to call things as we see them.

I think in this regard, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli also taught us a great deal. Even though there was little to no chance that Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil would be prosecuted for corruption, or that the money siphoned out through the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) would be returned, Rafizi pressed on.

He taught us, via admirable example, the merits of persistent tenacity in the pursuit of exposing injustice, and his relentlessness put me in mind of a small animal that bites you hard and just refuses to let go, no matter how vigorously you try to shake it off. We can only hope to be half as dedicated.

This article is a brief follow up to Anwar’s responses on questions regarding Selangor’s water industry. On a related note, it will also briefly comment on the nature of political discourse in Malaysia.

Seeking a simple answer

I appreciate Malaysiakini’s efforts in following up what looks for now to be an entirely unsexy aspect of the Kajang saga, what with our attention being distracted by multiple independent candidates, never-ending drama and so on.

Earlier this week, Anwar was asked to comment on an article I wrote, in which I asked if the next menteri besar of Selangor could:

a) Promise to continue the state government’s efforts in reclaiming control over Selangor’s water industry from private corporations.

b) Promise not to offer a higher price (to any individual water concessionaire) to buy over Selangor’s water industry back from the water concessionaires than the most recent offer made by the Selangor state government, as of December 2013.

c) Promise that any contract given to a private entity to run Selangor’s water industry after the takeover be made through a completely open and transparent tender.

The reasons I asked for these commitments were described in my article.

Anwar’s response is worth scrutinising:

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has rubbished insinuations that a higher price would be paid to water concessionaires in Selangor’s takeover bid of water companies if PKR's ‘Kajang Move’ is successful.

He said that there is ‘no basis’ for such insinuations and that he has not been involved in the negotiations for the water concession takeover. Asked if there would be a higher price offered to concessionaires should he become menteri besar, he said: “(The price) is a negotiation. Why bring this in?

“I was not privy to the discussions except through the report submitted (to the party) by (MB Abdul) Khalid Ibrahim... There was never a counter proposal from us,” said Anwar.

He added that the claims were made by ‘desperate people’.

He was asked to comment on an article by by former consultant to the Selangor government Nathaniel Tan who asked if the new MB can guarantee that a higher payout will not be made to the water concessionaires.

In the commentary published by Malaysiakini, Tan pointed out that a major shareholder of water concessionaire Splash is tycoon Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah through his company, The Sweet Water Alliance Sdn Bhd. Wan Azmi, Tan noted, is also on the board of directors for PKR-linked think-tank Institut Rakyat.

“To ask such a question there must be basis (to it). I question why Malaysiakini would publish such a thing, I am really surprised,” Anwar said after a small gathering in Kampung Sungai Kantan, Kajang. “You should also ask Khalid (about) this.”

We will discuss briefly the more emotional aspects of this response later, but let us try to tackle the more important, substantive parts first.

Less than straight answer

According to the article, amidst all the hubris, Anwar seems to have made only one actual comment that is actually related to the question: “The price is a negotiation.”

How disappointing.

Let us try to understand this less than straight answer. This means he did not deny (nor confirm, to be fair) that a higher price might be paid to water concessionaires should he become menteri besar.

The comment in fact suggests that the price may be further negotiated after there is a new menteri besar. Seeing that water concessionaires have consistently refused consecutively larger and larger offers thus far, would further negotiation not strongly suggest the possibility of higher offers?

The rest of Anwar’s comments seem to indicate that journalists - and by extension the rakyat - have no right or basis to ask about an issue involving some RM9 billion (at least) of taxpayer monies. This strikes me as strange.

Anwar and friends seem to like Malaysiakini well enough when they print his scathing criticisms of BN. A statesman understands that the media should not beholden to anyone. A politician is happy with media when it praises him, and derides media when he perceives it as being critical of him.

Anwar seemed to react as if he were under attack, when there is no reason to. The question is a simple one - one that a clear conscience should have no problem addressing without fuss.

Surely, as the man everyone is talking about as being the next menteri besar of Selangor, he would have an opinion regarding what is by far the biggest financial transaction Selangor will be involved in for a long time to come?

There would be nothing wrong, for instance, for Anwar to state that he believed that the water concessionaires were in fact being undervalued by the Khalid administration - if that is in fact what he believed.

If however, he believed that the water concessionaires were fairly valued by Khalid, then he should also have no problem stating as such, and making the promises outlined at the top of the article.

Such commitments would surely allay the fears of those few who fear that Anwar and his followers are starting to resemble the likes of BN a little too closely.

If the tables were turned, and BN was looking to replace one stingy menteri besar with a menteri besar that had some connections with tycoons involved in big transactions with the state, would Pakatan and its supporters think it unreasonable to merely ask the questions above?

Immature political discourse

It is also worth noting that Anwar seldom loses his temper. For the most part, even in the face of some of the most salacious, unwarranted, and sometimes downright rude questions from the press, he has been seen to keep perfectly calm.

Anwar’s reaction in this particular case occasions a brief discussion regarding the level of political discourse in Malaysia.

Unfortunately, the habit of responding to political developments and political commentary emotionally is quite widespread.

I remember the world’s outrage when in the aftermath of 9/11, George W Bush so brazenly declared to the world: “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

Such an attitude can only retard our progress towards political maturity.

I accept that there will always be people who will place emotion and loyalty above reason, and I fully accept that that is their right.

At the same time, if the only response to criticism is emotional personal attacks, then I confess that this suggests that the criticism is accurate, rather than off the mark (the best trolls have always understood that to get a reaction, you really have to hit a nerve).

The pattern is prevalent: when someone is no longer able to discuss or argue the points in an objective manner, the very first thing they do is try and smear your credibility, motivations and so on. That is their right, but I must admit, it gets terribly boring.

Of course, many who criticise Anwar are guilty of the same. Being critical of him certainly does not indicate agreement with his many other critics and their arguments - which so far have included being infantile, perverse, egoistic, and almost senile.

It’s convenient to lump all anti-Anwar sentiments together, but I suppose it is usually the minority who bothers to actually read all the words objectively.

I understand how some Pakatan Rakyat supporters get very emotional when they feel their leader is under attack. I also understand that they might feel that by extension, it is their very dreams of an Umno-free Malaysia that these ‘attackers’ are stomping on.

I understand, because those are my dreams too. I have dedicated just the slightest bit more than average of my adult life and (what passes for) my career in pursuit of this goal, and the thought of it slipping further away saddens me at least as much as anyone else.

It does not, however, sadden me to the point of blindness. Conmen always prey on those who feel an emptiness in their lives, deftly weaving words and promises that offer us that most precious lifeline: hope. Too often, behind those sweet words lie only greed and exploitation.

Anwar mentions desperate people. I will state without hesitation that I am, indeed, desperate. I am a little too embarrassed to state most of the things I am desperate for, but where Malaysia is concerned, I can certainly say this: I will not let my desperation be manipulated.

I will not let the amount of sweat, blood and tears that we have put in to removing BN compromise objectivity or good judgement - least of all if doing so will only result in letting exactly the same things we hate about BN creep up behind us. It is important that we see with our eyes, not just feel with our hearts.

If what we see tells us we have to find a new direction, then let’s start looking for one. It doesn’t matter whether there are 10 million of us or just 10. What matters is knowing that any foundation we build without real integrity will only crumble back to dust. We’ve endured long journeys in search of such integrity before, and we can endure them.

Nathaniel Tan

Malaysia Move

Criminals at large

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A card to bargain for the MB seat in Selangor

It was reported that PAS Leader Hadi need not pay PKR Shamsul after losing the case in court.

So why was it not settled out of court before the end of the case?

Now surely PKR especially Shamsul is not that generous when it comes to RM2 million. Hey it is easy cash.  Can buy many things, spend on prostitutes or buy a diamond ring for the Mistress.

THE REASON WHY HADI NEED NOT PAY IS BECAUSE THAT WILL BE USE TO BARGAIN FOR THE MB SEAT IN SELANGOR LATER.

UMNO Government getting creepy day by day

RON 97 – up quietly in early Feb to RM2.85 per litre

ron 97 feb 2014
Users of RON 97 fuel would have noticed an increase in the per litre price of the fuel earlier this month, when it was increased by five sen to RM2.85. The increase took place exactly a month from the last pricing change, which also saw a five sen increase to bring it to RM2.80 per litre. The hike took place quietly, so is this likely the start of a trend to tacitly go about working fuel pricing revisions concerning the unregulated premium fuel?
The current at-the-pump price for RON 97 thus takes it back to the pricing as of September 4 last year, when it was increased by 15 sen from its previous RM2.70, in place since May 23, 2013. Pricing of subsidised RON 95 and diesel has of course remained from its revision to RM2.10 per litre and RM2.00 per litre respectively from September 3 last year.
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This will happen if Perkasa and Jakim are not stop

Any Sultan or people from Jakim care to answer?

Setiap tahun kerajaan dapat kutip RM1 billion duit zakat rupanya. RM1 bilion tue satu angka yang sangat sangat sangat besar woo. Kalau tiap2 tahun dapat RM1 bilion takan la masih ramai lagi melayu2 dan muslim2 yang merempat tak mampu beli rumah, tak mampu sewa rumah, tak mampu rawat penyakit dan akhirnya mati dan sebagainya?

Apa yang pusat2 zakat kita buat selama neh?

**RM1 bilion = RM1,000,000,000

Bersamaan:
Kalau satu bulan = RM83.3 JUTA
Kalau satu hari = RM2.7 JUTA
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ALL THE FUCKING ASS BELONG TO ONE RACE AND ONE RELIGION.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This year award goes to...................


60 policemen under probe and IGP not aware of it. What a joke!

V Shuman
QUICK TAKE: If you have not had a hearty laugh this week, go and read the newspapers or news portals today.

Look out for a piece on Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar denying any knowledge of a probe by the Malaysian Anti- Corruption
Commission (MACC) against 60 of his men.

That's right, the country's top cop is apparently unaware that not one or two, but 60 of his men are being probed for corruption and money laundering by the MACC.

Khalid said he had yet to receive any report from the MACC with regard to the involvement of the policemen in the probe, as reported by The Malaysian Insider recently.

"I'm not aware of such a report and I do not know where The Malaysian Insider obtained the information. We have not been informed by the MACC of any probe being carried out on our officers. I will be writing to the MACC to find out," Khalid told reporters after a function in Kuching.

Now, is there something glaringly wrong with the above statement? A whopping number of policemen, most of them senior officers, are under probe for accepting insane amounts of money as an inducement to "not do their job" and you are not aware of it, Mr IGP?

Apparently, this is also not a "catch today, charge tomorrow" probe. It has been going on for months. Some of the suspects have even been transferred to other departments since the probe started.

It is common knowledge that the transfer of senior police officers would need the consent of the top cop, or his deputy at least. There is hardly any chance of him not knowing of the transfers and the reasons for the move.

Can you imagine the IGP walking into Bukit Aman one day to see a senior officer (a Datuk) formerly attached to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters sitting in the administrative division of the federal police headquarters and he goes "Dude, what are you doing here?" And the latter goes, "No, just dropping by to say Hi." Makes sense?

According to The Malaysian Insider, this is one of the biggest MACC probes in recent times, but somehow the country's top cop is not aware of it. Either he has been sleeping on the job or there is an absolute disconnect between MACC and the police force – both institutions are supposed to work together to rid society of corruption and crime respectively.

This is the not the first time the IGP has had his "foot in mouth" moment. Last year, he defended the missing firearms bungle as revealed in the Auditor General's report, saying "the guns must have fallen into the sea".

That statement became the favourite among netizens, who posted caricatures of fishes, wearing eye patches like pirates, brandishing firearms.

Dear IGP, we understand that you will not sacrifice the image of PDRM at any cost, but issuing silly statements with the intention of defending it is making it worse. You would command much respect, even from the worst critics, if you took responsibility and acknowledged the weaknesses of your men.

Just be a gentleman and say "Yes, we did wrong and we will correct it" if you have erred, and that simple gesture can make you regain the long lost respect and faith the people had on the police force.

And please, don’t go around saying that you wish the Internal Security Act (ISA) is reintroduced to help in police work.

Then Malaysians will wish for a better IGP.

Punishment for voting PR

                                  
Got another enlightenment from friends.

Since Chinese New Year till today many Chinese areas are affected with shortage or no water.
Many have gone straight to Syabas to complain and the usual reply was 'You vote for PR, you ask them.'
So what does that tell you.

You notice the silence from the Royal Household and UMNO/BN people.

Except for the big publicity for the self-proclaimed housewife nothing has been done to ease the Rakyat suffering. What about the CEO whose salary is by the millions per month?  Where is the big shot?

From what I gather this NO WATER was planned way back in November to make the Rakyat go against the State Government of Selangor.  So it has nothing to do with the climate change or the hot weather.
Since 65% of the population are Malay/Muslim the NO WATER affected them too.

This country cannot change if the Malays continue to believe UMNO is Allah and Allah is UMNO.

Jobs given to foreigners instead of Malaysians

                                       
Did you one time or another experience the foul mouth, hot tempered and crazy bus drivers in Kuala Lumpur.  Well you are not the only one.

On Sunday an elderly woman got hurt boarding bus rapid.  The bus driver was in a bad mood and he just close the door before she could finish taking the first step up.  She got scolded for being too slow and stupid. She was the last to board the bus and the ones in front were still queuing to pay.  So how can she be slow and stupid.  The driver did not even have the decency to apologize.  Mind you the driver is an Indonesian.

Today I boarded a bus that was supposed to go to Bukit Bintang but the bus driver decided to go straight to Pudu Raya.  Again the driver is an Indonesian with a foul mouth.

Since my destination had been diverted I had no choice but to take a cab to Bukit Bintang since I was already running late. Got a cab and had an enlightenment from the driver. My cab driver had just arrived from India a month ago.  He paid RM6,000 to an agent to work in Malaysia. There were 9 of them from the same flight.  Upon arrival they were taken to a house for briefing and were given Mykad with Muslim names. The cab driver said he is still adjusting to his new name and religion but it is alright since he can earn good money in Malaysia. He is still learning the varies route and said he does not dare to venture further than the ones he is familiar with.  He only knows his boss is a Tan Sri and he has to hand over the money to someone at Times Square everyday. Taxi number is 3831.  

So why is the Government giving jobs and Mykad that are meant for Malaysians to foreigners?

Dedicated to the Malay community

National reconciliation is the way forward

                                 

Change in Malaysia has to be spearheaded by the Malay community, and with this leadership, comes responsibility.

MALAYSIANS are increasingly polarised – especially over race and religion.
At the same time we’ve also lost our sense of humour.
We’ve become dour, over-sensitive killjoys.
The spirit of Lat, Harith Iskandar and Jo Kukuthas has disappeared.
Now, everyone has the right to be proud of their culture and identity.
But we’re suffering today because we all think of ourselves as being “Malay”, “Chinese” or “Indian” before being Malaysian.
So how do we move forward?
To me, “national reconciliation” must begin with my own community, the Malays.
Now, many Malays would say that I’m a liberal, English-speaking, half-breed and that I don’t have the locus standi to speak for and/or about the community.
But if the purists seek to disregard people who are different, then we’d be left with a much smaller and infinitely more impoverished community.
Still, goodwill cannot be restored as long as the Malays feel insecure.
As I’ve argued many times before – the irony is that the community has never had more reason to feel “safe” than today.
We constitute 65% of Malaysia’s population.
We dominate political life, the civil service and the military besides which we are steadily increasing our representation in the private sector, thanks to the New Economic Policy.
Why the Malays still feel embattled is beyond the scope of this article.
But like it or not, change in Malaysia cannot come without the Malay community spearheading it.
This is the reality by virtue of the community’s sheer size – a factor that also means that we must lead as well.
But leadership has its responsibilities – responsibilities that force us to take care not only of ourselves but also of our fellow citizens.
Leaders also have to show courage and magnanimity which sometimes means being willing to let bygones be bygones.
Of course, this may not please people who hold on to Malaysia’s age-old “social contract”.
But let’s be honest: the “social contract” no longer holds sway amongst most younger generation Malaysians.
We live in a globalised world.
It is no longer reasonable for anyone to be held back in life simply because of his or her ethnicity or religion.
The other races will no longer defer to us simply because we are Malays or out of fear.
Respect must be earned by respect; as well as achievement.
Furthermore, we must also learn to be at peace with ourselves.
The Malay community has never been monolithic or uniform – speaking, thinking and feeling the same thing – especially when it comes to politics or social issues.
But this is not a source of weakness. Indeed, it is a source of strength.
Every community in the world needs diversity.
Besides rebels and contrarians help cultures to remain dynamic and relevant.
People should be allowed to express different views without the fear of being branded a traitor to the race.
Indeed, reconciliation and a willingness to live with diversity must begin within the Malay community itself.
I am not calling for the end to political competition.
Again, this is inevitable and is a good thing – because it gives people choices as well as keeps politicians honest.
However, there are also times when bipartisanship is not a bad idea.
But the pettiness, small-mindedness and threats of violence must stop.
Such ignorant behaviour insults the intelligence and dignity of all Malaysians.
A just country is a happy one. Which leader or party will stand up for this?
Maybe change needs to come from the grassroots just as much as from the top.
If the last six years has taught us anything, it’s that power is diffused in Malaysia.
The people are ultimately the boss.
What happens to Malaysia depends on us.
What country it becomes is up to us – the politicians are our representatives and if they steal, act like goons or disappoint us, we should vote them out of office.
Nonetheless, we have proven that political change – however gradual and piecemeal – can occur peacefully.
Now we must seek to realise a shared sense of nationhood that all Malaysians can accept.
The key is to embrace our people’s diversity in all its hues.
Only courage and wisdom can bring Malaysia together again and move it onwards.
The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.

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