Why is it so hard for the ruling government to accept this simple fact and treat each and every Malaysian with fairness. Why must they keep harping about race and religion. The Constitution of Malaysia , which came into force in 1957, is the supreme law of land.
Is it that difficult to run the country with this guided Constitution? Trying to misinterpret, ignoring or quote the constitution as and when it suites the government in order to hold on to power is a sure disaster.
Each time Malaysia has a new Prime Minister, Malaysians have high hopes that he will take the country to new heights. Each PM came in with a bang, promising the sky and moon with each spewing his own slogan and using the rakyat’s money to promote it aggressively. But alas the euphoria did not last long when the NATO (no action talk only) syndrome sets in.
The 4th PM, Dr Mahathir totally destroyed the solid foundations for a workable system among the various races and religions set by his predecessors. Corruption became part and parcel of his iron-fisted rule.
The 5th PM, Abdullah Badawi, was a new hope that the rakyat were looking up to, to reverse what Tun Mahathir had done to the nation. A Mr Clean and soft-spoken type, he started a series of changes – one that included the fight against corruption. He managed to turn the old ACA into the new MACC but it did not work out well as many saw it as old wine in new bottle. With his predecessor breathing down his neck, he was toppled after only one term as PM.
Everyone is more or less accustomed to the way how these two PMs ran the country, be it corruption or the NATO syndrome.
With the 6th PM, Najib Tun Razak, the rakyat are now getting more worried. He is a totally different creature from his two predecessors. Other than the many baggages that he carried into his premiership, and in his greed for power, he has gone against every principle of his “1Malaysia People First Performance Now” slogan.
His many speeches were truly frightening. His support for Utusan and Perkasa which continues to raise racist and religious issues against the non Muslim reflects his inability to perform his duty as a PM for all Malaysians. His call for “lives and crushed bodies” to defend PutraJaya indicates that he is willing to see Malaysians die in order for him to remain in power.
What is worst is his shameless lectures to the world about Islamic moderation, democracy, corruption and what is good for the world, but back home his actions are a total 180 degree turn.
The way he handled the pre and post Bersih2.0 rally, his visit to the British PM and Queen, his meeting with the Pope and what he said after returning home clearly exposes him as a hypocrite.
He is using his position as PM to fight for his political party Umno and his presidency. He is fighting for survival and could not care a damn about the rakyat.
Najib & Co. must stop being paranoid and cast away all their imaginary enemies from within or without and stop the persecution of the innocent.
Up to this point and having seen the damage with not much hope of any improvement in the near future, I’m sad to say that I have given up on Najib & Co.
Whichever party governs or whoever wants to be PM must know and fully respect understand the Constitution of Malaysia and be guided by it in running this country.
By all means help those in need of help irrespective of colour or creed, and not those who are already rich and well connected, standing on the sidelines doing nothing.
Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. We respect the King and the Constitution.
We wanted to live in peace and harmony among all the various races/ethnic groups, we respect each other and all religions No one is planning to overthrow a legitimate government or King nor using religion, Jews, communists or foreigners to take over the country.
Malaysians do not need to follow Egypt, Tunisia or Libya to remove their oppressive leaders. We only need one day to topple Umno/BN – on polling day of the 13th General Election.
- Richard Toh