By Kuo Yong Kooi
Would the new MPs prefer Muhyiddin or Ku Li?
Eighty-four percent turnout to vote in GE13 is as good as it gets. The way Umno created the delineation, it probably needs a 100 percent turnout of voters for the opposition to get a good shot at Putrajaya.
Someone had suggested a government of national unity. This could be a baby step to heal the current rift, or else we might be stuck for another decade in this current predicament. The worst possible scenario is that we might implode and send us back to 1969. These are possibly the remaining scenarios for us now, assuming PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim fails to pull a ‘Sept 16' rabbit out of the hat. Malaysia is now split into two political loyalty camps.
Most of the time, politics in the Parliament is just a numbers crunching game. Can someone in the Parliament do some number crunching and ask all the newly-elected parliamentarians who would they prefer to be prime minister? Muhyiddin Yassin or Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li)?
Is there anyone on the Umno/BN side with any conscience at all? If there are enough numbers on the Umno/BN side waking up to this new post-GE13 reality, then right-wing conservative Umno leaders like Muhyiddin cannot possible take the helm.
The results of GE13 have clearly send a message to the Umno rank and file that the rakyat wanted something to change here. The political careers of Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin have just been buried. Leaders like Muhyiddin, who firmly stated that “I am a Malay first and Malaysian second”, will only divide us and push us closer to a nightmare scenario.
There are decent Umno leaders like Tengku Razaleigh who are acceptable to Pakatan Rakyat. Why not take this option? If there are enough numbers on the Umno/BN side who think this is the only way to salvage Umno/BN from oblivion, then when Parliament convenes, make a motion of no confidence on the current Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Give the newly-elected Parliamentarians a chance to vote according to their conscience on who they have confidence on to become prime minister.
I believe Ku Li can heal the rift and this is a crucial baby step to end the current stalemate. It departs from the tradition that Umno president is automatically the PM, instead the representatives of the people voted in a new prime minister through a conscience vote. I think the rakyat will be happy with just that slight tectonic shift at the moment.
Most of us will have some faith that Ku Li will make real efforts to do some serious work in reforming the electoral system, judiciary and other government departments. Najib is history, he was given four years to perform and we’ve got nothing in return except lip service on transformation and 1Malaysia.
If this is not done as soon as possible, Mahathir Mohamad and his cohorts will have the last laugh.