Malaysiakini Letter

Faltering the art of politics

Karamjit Gill  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | The political fracas in Malaysia is astounding, baffling, bewildering and filthy. Both BN and the Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) coalition seems to be losing the plot.

For one, the biggest joy for MIC is when they strike a blow to MyPPP. These two parties are arguing for seats in the same constituency and are busy pulling members from one to another. Instead of combining forces to fight the enemy, they are spending more time trying to authenticate who is David and who is Goliath. How can we lay our trust in such an organisations? With the elections looming, where are their priorities?

Don’t we discount Harapan. If it was not ludicrous enough to befriend a nemesis in Dr  Mahathir Mohamad, now they are working together with P Waythamoorthy and Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM), as Hindraf celebrates 10 years of its erratic journey. 

Waytha is someone who can give a close fight to Mahathir in terms of having absolutely no integrity. He would jump onto any boat for glory, even at the expense of his own immediate family members. To date, Harapan consists of DAP, PKR, Amanah, and Bersatu. Presently, it appears as though anybody can form an organisation and be part of Harapan, as long as one is against BN.

Rhetorically, it may sound feasible, but it is practically not possible to run a government. Such organisations have the tendency to be fractious and are prone to disharmony as each party holds on to their own set of beliefs. We saw the outcome of short-term handshakes during the last general election between DAP and PAS.

The different parties temporarily agreed to silence their disagreements to unify against the opponent. What happened? What will occur in the long run? The equations just don’t match. More and more infighting would ensue and the interest of the people would be blanketed.

Barely a year ago, Waytha went on a roll by blaming Mahathir for the country’s shambles and insisted that Mahathir apologise to the entire nation. Waytha highlighted numerous wrongdoings of Mahathir and criticised the latter to the core. Fast-forward a year and they are sipping a drink on the same table wanting to work together.

For 22 years, Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang were at loggerheads. Today, all is forgotten and forgiven only because the common enemy is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

If Najib becomes unfavourable to the next prime minister of BN, will Najib suddenly be forgiven and embraced too? Will he suddenly transform to be the best leader Malaysia ever had, according to the opposition? Do they expect all of us to just go on singing to their tune as and when they like? Are there any rules to the game?

Are we Malaysians mere puppets?

In the past, we reminisce about the opposition where we saw credible individuals. In DAP, there was the late Karpal Singh, in PAS it was "Tok Guru" Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, and in PKR it was Anwar Ibrahim. What do we have now other than a list of rejects from the past dictatorial BN regime?

Now Waytha is going to be added to this growing list of rejects? What has become of the opposition in this country? It worries me that things may get even worse if the coalesced opposition forms the government. 

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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