Selamat Pagi Friends…Today, there are more things right than wrong in Malaysia. We must all give thanks to the Almighty that Malaysians of different races, different beliefs, different political inclinations are all living in a blessed country in relative peace and harmony. This reality is no mirage. This reality is here today and how it will evolve from here on, is up to you and me. Nothing says this is true, can be true and will be true more than what happened at PRU14. Great leaders working with a determined rakyat can achieve truly great things. Today we can all with pride, feel, that the destiny of our nation is in our hands. We have taken back our country from thieves and robbers. We have taken back our country to keep it ours. Where now do we go from here? And how will that journey towards a better Malaysia be undertaken?
Wherever it is that we all want to go to, we want to get there in a hurry! Having endured six decades of BN mismanagement, and have waited patiently for change, we are now more focused on the ends rather than the means of achieving those ends. We are focus on reaching the end of the journey rather than the means of getting through that journey. We have now already tasted some of that once forbidden fruits of personal freedom and civil liberties so much so that we can’t wait to have more and more of the same. More freedom of speech, and more freedom of worship. And why not more? Why can’t we have more of the good things in life? Why can’t our politicians be better? Why cant our PM do better? Why are those who have committed treason not punished quicker? Why are the wheels of justice moving along at a snail pace?
All these changes are not happening fast enough for a good reason. Sixty years of BN mismanagement and abuse! Decades of corruption and arrogance and hubris. And all these negatives and toxic ills are still embedded in the mind of many many Malaysians who have profited from the spoils of corruption. All the means necessary for six decades of corruption to happen in government and in all things Malaysians, are still embedded deep within the government and everywhere else a buck can be made from corruption. How do you clean a PDRM where corruption permeates every which level within its system. At one time, this rot within PDRM stretches from the very top – the IGP to the very bottom – the Mata mata walking his beat on the ground….and in between there were many willing and eager PDRM personnel with their hands outstretched wanting their share of the gravy train. To some in PDRM, prostitution was a source of income. Some in PDRM became the running dogs of politicians, businessman…any one who could spare them a dime. For sure they have changed the IGP from that Tweet of a Khalid to whom? An IGP who professes that he owes his position to the PM, Tun Mahathir. So political patronage is still there but maybe the IGP’s patron has good things he wants to do to PDRM and to us all. But for PDRM, patronage of any kind to anyone makes its independence suspect. This battle for independence and at the same time the need to have political patronage to ensure what you want to be done gets done is a balance that many in government find hard to achieve. But surely this is better than in the past where every institution under the government purview is being stacked with “yes men” who unquestioningly did the bidding of their political masters? Today anyone doing that will not last for long in that organization because public opinion will oust them out.
What about the Anwar/ Mahathir conundrum? What about it? Tun Mahathir eats people like Anwar for breakfast though, at 94, Tun better chews his food slowly and carefully lest he gets indigestion. Why is Tun delaying the transfer of power to Anwar? Why is Tun not keeping his side of the bargain he had with Anwar about Anwar being his successor? Why is Tun who has the least number of seats in the PH coalition imposing his will over PKR and DAP? Why is Tun doing all that? For those of you who are in denial let me spell it out to you. Tun does not want Anwar to be PM and the reason Tun is imposing his will upon PKR and DAP is because he can! And do not forget the rakyat. They are all holding a watching brief on this succession issue. So really there is no conundrum. For now, Tun is PM and his successor will not be Anwar.
Now back to the reality of life under PH. So far under the leadership of Tun, the PH ship is taking a “steady as she goes” course. It is not perfect, there are room for inprovement…but do you not get the feeling that the captain of this PH ship does heed our calls for good governance, no corruption and our demand for promises PH made before PRU14 to be fulfilled? Do you not get the feeling that there are better times to come? The pace of change may be slow even pedantic at times but it is coming. The Judiciary, PDRM, MACC and the other authorities are mindful that they must all do their job well. If they do not, the will have to answer to us, the people! Everything around us is moving in the right direction….forward. It is a good feeling to have when we wake up in the morning…the feeling that we are in control of our nation and its leaders. The feeling that we will not slip back to the years of kleptocracy we had under the Umno led BN. It will get better and the times that are a-changing is now upon us all.