Malaysiakini Letter

Opposition plagued by double standards

Karamjit Gill  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | The Crown Prince of Johor voiced his concern regarding Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s vision of becoming the prime minister again. Unfortunately, the keyboard warriors supporting the opposition did not shy from slandering his thoughts. Numerous opinions are popping with the message that the royalty should stay away from politics.

In 2015, when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak did not attend the Nothing to Hide forum, the same Crown Prince voiced his dissatisfaction. That time, he was hailed as a superhero because his opinion did not favour Najib. It was perfectly fine then that the royalty got involved in politics.

Tunku Mahkota Johor was also hero-worshipped when he was involved in a spat with Nazri Aziz. In fact, pleas were made to the royalty by opposition supporters to get involved in politics to remove Najib. However, presently, when his views differ from the opposition cheerleaders, the entire voice has changed.

We are seeing the same thing when Mahathir uttered a disparaging word about the Indians. Perkasa’s Zulkifli Nordin was ridiculed to the bone prior to the last general election when he used the same word and Najib was called a racist, collaterally. However, suddenly the same word has become common and acceptable just because it came out from the opposition.

DAP’s Prof P Ramasamy repeats himself relentlessly, chiding MIC for the lack of opportunity for Indians. He shoulders blame on the MIC because of the deeds of Samy Vellu. Although Samy has long retired from the political arena, he is still being used as an excuse for voters to abandon MIC.

On the other hand, Ramasamy is campaigning for the man who destroyed Malaysia, especially the Indian community, to come back as prime minister. If MIC is to be abandoned because of their long gone ex-leader, then Harapan should be exiled with Mahathir at the helm.

Nurul Izzah Anwar’s response to the tax exemption for rent collectors is perplexing. She says this would lead to a rush to purchase homes for rental, and this would lead to the escalation in house prices. First of all, purchasing a property is not like apparels at a sale, where it will lead to a rush that could affect the pricing. Secondly, if the tax exemption is something that would increase the purchasing of properties, isn’t it a good thing?

On one hand, the opposition says the government is doing nothing to ensure people have a roof over their head. When the government does something, they say people will rush to purchase homes etc.

Mahathir has admitted on numerous occasions that he was unaware of many of the wrongdoings during his premiership. Today he is saying the government has no money and is questioning the mechanism the government will fund initiatives in their manifesto.

Mahathir has been out of Putrajaya for some time, how does he know what is happening inside the government?

Isn’t it an irony that when he was in office, having access to all information, he did not know anything, but when he is out with no access, he knows everything?

The double standards overflowing from the opposition is astounding. Fortunately, the majority of the voters are not cyber warriors. They have an intellectual cortex that can comprehend the true colours of Harapan. This would definitely be reflected on polling day.

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

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