COMMENT | A meeting held at former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's home called by Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin on the afternoon of Feb 23, exposes a very disturbing reality about our country’s mainstream politics.
After six decades of social amalgamations and hard work in building and uniting a country, celebrating its multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism, a recent political event blatantly exposed the worst of our fears. One major party has never been honest to others.
The chasm dividing the Malays and the non-Malays in the politics of suspicion seems as wide as ever. Recall Muhyiddin who boasted that he was a Malay first and a Malaysian second. And he is the prime minister today. One cannot be blamed for being frightened of what the future may hold for some.
His recent declaration that he is a PM to all Malaysians can only be taken with lots of pinches of salt. His integrity rightly collapsed when he chose again to work with notorious kleptocrats and religious bigots from PAS. A recent exposé by the Sarawak Report about party president Hadi Awang paying Rewcastle Claire an out of court settlement lays bare PAS leaders for lying through their teeth.
Furthermore, when Muhyiddin traded support for his PM position by giving out coveted ministerial and government-linked company positions to PAS, his remaining righteousness and virtues, if he had any, evaporated into thin air.