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26 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Sudden collapse of Mahathir’s government

Dr. Azly Rahman

Chaos. Mayhem The coronavirus infection of Malaysian politics. Something we have expected to happen but unsure if it would happen. Until yesterday when hell broke loose and the total damage to our political-economic and social stability is yet to be seen. What a betrayal. What a bunch of losers we voted into power back in May, two years ago. Little did the voters knew that this magnitude of no-shame politics would happen, derailing all the possible plans we had for a truly multicultural social evolution.

I was about to write on how we ought to brace together as a nation facing the foreseeable pandemic. “Love in the time of Corona” as we should think about, a phrase I borrowed with apologies to the title of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Love in the time of Cholera.

And then this came. Back door government in the making. What then must the rakyat do? How angry I am sure we all are being played up by those who think that they can fool us.

I wrote these thoughts which hopefully reflect what we all are feeling about this sudden display of spineless politics. Of a game of musical chairs with Death Metal music playing in the background.

In the tradition of a Jamaica Kinchaid rant, I say these in the following paragraphs. You can add more after reading: Maybe the new government may not happen. Maybe the plan will be stopped by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong? A counter-checkmate in place? Or, will the new government materialize and be a haven for old and dying crooks, parasites, parachuted-politicians and robber-barons seeking blessings and pardons? Dissolve Parliament, I’d say. It will be fair for the voters. Let the hypocrites face the voters, let the rakyat deal with the betrayal. The battle for power will be intense. But I hope no huge rally should be planned. We now have the coronavirus scare. Online protests will be ok.

Just when we are about to see a multicultural sensibility developing, we are seeing a political multipolar disorder surfacing. Rakyat will die standing. What will the next elections mean anymore? What else is there to vote for? Expect authoritarianism and anarchy to reign? Malaysians will see a long period of instability, at a time when they need to manage the Wuhan effect on our lives and economy.

Pakatan Harapan is now the destroyer of the people’s hope. The #UndiRosak folks were right then.

Ministers in DAP and PKR are now scrambling to find other jobs. It’s like Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice. What a country! Harapan ministers, in general, are now worried who will lose their jobs. Theirs was a short-term employment. They were “political-temps” made glamorous. They are now clearing their desks as we are reading about this huge mess.

Joyous-weeping Malaysians just voted for a half-term government. The poker players shifted the goal post, laughing to the bank. One man saving himself and his family brought down politics of the entire country. Welcome to the show that never ends. The birth of Umno 3.0 today and a new Pakatan Nasional signify the most destructive fundamental shift in latter-day Malaysian politics, at a time when we are hoping for stability so that peace and social justice can be the foundation of our economic growth.

But well good luck, Malaysians. You voted for change! My call is this: O’ Malays, care not just about halal food but about halal politicians and if they get halal income. Open your eyes to hypocrisy. Americans still have choices to elect new leaders every four years. In Malaysia, the choice is long buried. Malaysia does not have any credible replacement as yet. To replace a toxic culture of political patronage now brewed to madness.

The writer is an educator,

academic, and author

 

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