Transition plan: No cause for fireworks at all

Phlip Rodrigues

Modified 24 Mar 2009, 8:28 am

I refer to the Malaysiakini report Ku Li: Possible for king not to name Najib as PM .

A change of leadership is a cause for celebration. When a new helmsman takes over, he is erasing the bad record of a past administration and introducing his style of governance that promises a fresh start.

People will go to the streets to welcome the transition. There will be wild scenes of joy. The air will be filled with ceaseless honking, the skies with fireworks, the ballrooms with vibrant dance steps.

But when the next occupant comes to the seat of power not by universal public acclaim but by the machination of a dominant political party that does not represent the will of the people, there's not much reason to cheer.

Indeed, a pall of gloom will settle on the country when such a successor makes his entrance.

A feeling of impending dread will be the prevailing mood. The lights will be dimmed and only shadows will flit across the national stage.

The wheels of everyday life will move under a shroud of anxiety: Will this anointed commander retaliate to consolidate his power?

Will he gloss over his flaws and attack those who know the truth? Will he institute a chain of events that will further undermine the sovereign will of the people?

Will a ‘compound of virulent passions, mean spirit and dangerous duplicity’ mark the character of the new man?

People have reason to fear when they know all is not well with the body politic.

They see the rot in the core and shudder to think of the consequences, especially when the beneficiary of political power himself has been part of the rotten system.

In this sickly climate, there cannot be any cause to rejoice at the dawn of a new order. There can only be cynicism, misgivings, doubts, hostility.