Malaysiakini Letter

Stop Harapan from becoming another lost hope

JD Lovrenciear

LETTER | It clearly appears our politicians are operating on the wrong battlefront.

The talk in the marketplace that is increasingly being shared with concern across all divides of the racial mix and social strata also affirm that Pakatan Harapan is fighting the wrong battle for the citizens.

Of late, as citizens question Harapan's election promises, we suddenly see racial and religious knives are being sharpened and spiked onto the public space.

People need answers to the many promises made as they gave their votes with hope and trust.

The wage-earner is crumbling under the spiralling costs of living. The hyper and supermarkets and B40 outlets tell the story in no uncertain terms.

Jobs for locals are shrinking while foreign workers continue to pour in.

Crime is spinning like as if its a daily routine affair. And every criminal arrested is found by the lawmen to have numerous counts of past history and many having served lock-up time.

We have numerous social rot problems. From road rage to terrorising motorcyclists (even on residential roads); dumping of hazardous waste indiscriminately including poisoning water supplies; the drug menace to the illegal migrant workers implosion.

We are not seeing a significant improvement in our various services-providing agencies.

In fact, even the current leaders stated openly about the frightening power and presence of the "deep state" that is paralysing governance.

Even our natives are not spared as they seem to be robbed of their ancestral values, livelihood and preferred way of lifestyle.

What do we see instead?

Suddenly out of nowhere, the khat issue was injected and it is pitting one race against another and one religion against several others.

We have not even addressed the GLCs in ensuring that the past six decades of shrouded mistakes and gross misdeeds are not perpetuated.

Indeed Syed Hamid Albar must be right. The country is heading into dangerous gorges that the people thought could be avoided by throwing out the past regime.

Why are we fighting along wrong battle lines?

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

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