Politicians in Bolehland all have one strategy: DECEPTION. Who played who out is moot. Najib and Rosmah are going to go free? 1MDB is all an illusion? Riza Aziz has returned all monies that are not his? His Hollywood producer foray was “legally” financed and global property portfolios were purchased with “loans” from generous benefactors? And there are a thousand and one other stories of political shenanigans that defies belief, but believe them you must for these politicians are all enjoying the political spoils of being in government. Or should I say being “back in government?”
The fall from grace of the Pakatan Harapan government brings manna from the heavens for many who were in political Coventry after the last general election. Today all bets are off. Deals have been and will be made in court to explain millions, even billions in the personal accounts of politicians, their families, and their cronies. Those who were once political pariah are now back as Captains of Industry in GLCs and they are holding high public office in Statutory authorities riddled with “business opportunities”. The familiar waft of political interests and political agendas that brings in an insane amount of monies and impossible wealth is now back with a vengeance in Putrajaya. Welcome back to the “good old days” when BN ruled the roost. It is business as usual in Putrajaya.
What of you and me. What of us that dared to dream that the 14th general elections will end corruption in government and the use and abuse of political office for personal financial gains. Two words. Dream on! Once again the “not in my lifetime” impossibility of having good governance in government now becomes the mantra of not the baby boomers like you and me (those past 60) but today even the young understand that the ‘not in my lifetime’ mantra also now belongs to them. This new normal that came into being after Pakatan Harapan simply laid down to die a few months back is real. Umno is back in government. Umno back in government is nothing new. Umno back in government with Pas riding shotgun is not only worrying but brings back the fear of God/ALLAH into all of us: literally!
Just a recap. Pakatan Harapan out. Umno in.
Now comes the consolidation of people and parties to reflect the new realities and resolved the embarrassment of where Najib, Zahid Hamidi, TSMY, and a few self-proclaimed movers and shakers of Malaysian politics, will be placed in the hierarchy of power, politics, and party? In a nutshell: Najib Razak will be allowed to keep a substantial portion of his political spoils, TSMY akan di kekalkan sebagai Perdana Menteri dalam masa terdekat. Zahid Hamidi, if he waits patiently, will be the man “who would be King” in time to come. The devil is in the details. How all this will be done will challenge even the most astute and wily of politicians, but resolve it they must – if they have not done it already. My guess is that it is all a done deal – bar the public announcement of the agreement reached between these political “gentlemen’s” who hold our balls (read the future of Malaysians and Malaysia) in their hands.
All that is now left for you, me and the “others” to do is to do what you do when you go to Rome. Do as the Romans do. If you are in business, you make new alliances with those in government. If you are not in business then think about emigrating if you can. Go see your local BN rep and have a teh tarik at the warong at his expense. Join Bersih if you have a yen to change what cannot be changed in Malaysia…at least dalam masa terdekat. Or, if you are like me and countless other Malaysians, ask yourself what you will now do, have to do, and will do to earn a decent living in Bolehland.
And if you are a politician, my advice is simply this: THINK. Think if the ends justify the means. Think if loyalty is a trait you should cultivate if you want to survive after every PRU. Think if there will ever be a time when race and religion will no longer matter in the scheme of anything any government does in Putrajaya. Think, if you should be in politics if you value honesty, respectability, and grace in the things you do. Think if you should really be a politician! Enough said.