Stop gazing at the crystal ball to see the next PM

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Every day, we hear predictions about who will become the opposition prime minister, if the opposition coalition were to win GE14.

The opposition politicians, just like the public, are falling into a trap, like goats to the slaughter. Any candidate they propose would be easily shot down by Umno Baru.

There are many issues to tackle, like the abuse of Islam, which is used by both Umno Baru and PAS to drive a wedge between the people. There is also the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the high cost of living, a lack of affordable housing, and poor public transport.

If only the opposition would stop their ‘PM’ crystal-ball gazing, and focus on resolving these issues.

When we observe former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad “ganging-up” or “joining forces” (depending upon which side of the fence you are sitting), with former opposition leader, the jailed Anwar Ibrahim, what do you see?

Former enemies putting aside their differences for the good of the nation, and getting rid of the common foe, Najib Abdul Razak?

Or two desperate has-beens and their less than convincing team of supporters?

In World War Two, Joseph Stalin, the leader of communist Russia, the American president, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, the PM of the British Empire, joined forces to get rid of Hitler and Nazi Germany. They were successful, so why do some Malaysians still find fault with Mahathir and Anwar teaming up?

One social observer criticised the Anwar-Mahathir combo, “Principles? They have none.”

Another political cynic said, “Mahathir started the mess. Racism. Intolerance. Project IC. Let him put right what he started . If those two think they can do it, so be it.”

A student in his twenties said, “Mahathir will be our saviour. Look at the Twin Towers,” to which an older man replied, “A nation cannot be judged by gleaming towers of steel and concrete. Malaysia is now devoid of a soul. What do you, young people, know of our early Malayan history?”

The news that Zaid Ibrahim had joined DAP was greeted with derision by some. One said, “He changes parties more frequently than a mama-san changes her panties. First, Umno Baru. Then PKR. He formed his own party, Kita. Then became an independent. He is now with DAP.”

Another said, “PAS under Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat was a much-respected party, unlike the party today. The current president, Abdul Hadi Awang, appears to be more interested in the afterlife, the dress code, hudud and polygamy. He is quiet about corruption.”

A Malay working overseas said, “Both PAS and Umno Baru claim to be the defender of the Malays, and the protector of Islam. The Malays must be so weak that they need defending. As for Islam, the only protection they need is from fellow fanatical Muslims.

“Umno Baru has been the dominant party since independence. To boast unwisely that the Malays and Islam need defending/protecting, is a reflection of their failure as a party.”

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