Malaysiakini Letter

BN is down but not out

Dr Mohamed Rafick Khan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | While Malaysian celebrate the May 9t Victory Day, many think that it is “game over” for BN.

This is the biggest mistake that one can make if the people of this country and the winning politicians think that they are out of the woods and can celebrate and start plotting a scheme to bring down Tun Mahathir quickly.

We need to give Tun M full support and not give him a headache. At 93, he has done many mistakes in his life and he has seen it all and he can foresee what many of us can't.

BN is a party that is down but not out. They have all the money and resources. Many in the government machinery do not have any respect for anyone else other than BN.

Harapan needs to earn their trust and respect. Therefore, the next few months are crucial for Harapan as BN will strike back and when they do, it will be on an all-out basis.

While the politicians are jostling for post and position and want seats to be divided among party lines, race, gender and territory; Malaysians' interest as a country remains at risk.

Apart from a handful of people who have experience in managing at the federal level, I would say the rest has are novices. Running a ministry is not the same as running a state or a department.

It is about organisational management and managing perception for the international community by sending the right signals.

We should find people with the best possible skills at the current moment and not be harping about dividing posts along party and religious lines.

I worry that key federal posts will have novices in positions which require international exposure. As such it is imperative that these new ministers be guided by seasoned advisors.

We have many good politicians with skills that can help and guide the various new ministers for one or two years.

Ministers holding the portfolios for international trade, defence, finance, foreign affairs and others need guidance from seasoned politicians or seasoned retired senior government servants.

It’s understandable that many of them will be from BN but not all of them are bad. Many of these old foxes care about the nation. We should not close our doors on them for the sake of the nation.

Let us give Tun M the full support and let him decide the best way to do things. And let's not have any doubt that without Tun M, the May 9 victory would not have happened.

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

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