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We should apologise for endorsing Dr M, not be an apologist for him

S Thayaparan

Published
Modified 29 Feb 2020, 5:26 pm

"Don't everyone thank me at once."

– Han Solo (Star Wars)

COMMENT | Let’s just get this out of the way. I am one of those people who supports a snap election. Everyone seems to be quoting from movies, so will I. Do not be afraid of a snap election.

As Vincent reminds us in Collateral - “Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, shit happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll with it.”

I have no interest in a “unity government” – whatever that means - nor do I believe that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has the ability or interests of bringing people together.

There is not an iota of evidence, even circumstantial, that Mahathir is capable of choosing people based on “merit” as he likes to claim but more importantly, mainstream political operatives have proven that they are an unholy bunch who couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel.

Who knows what the new day brings, but if some politicians want a snap election, and they are not alone as various civil society groups have argued the same too, we should have a snap election.

Even if PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim scraps by and gets the votes to cobble up a government, we should have a snap election because it is the only way a legitimate government – even with all the horse-trading that comes with a new government – can be formed. The same applies to Umno/PAS/Bersatu if they cobble up a government.

Worried about the far-right and agents of the fascist state coming into power? Well, this is what happens when a coalition breaks up because one man decides to screw everyone over in his coalition. This is the price we pay for compromising, enabling and justifying behaviour anathema to democratic practices all because we wanted to remove Najib Abdul Razak.

Worried about Najib coming back?

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