cakap cakap : The week that will be: Umno dulu, kini dan selama lamanya?
In the coming days, there will be a resolution of sorts to the political malaise that now ails our nation. Not the resolution that Malaysia deserves, not the resolution that you or I want, maybe not even the resolution that will make right what did go wrong when Langkah Sheraton foisted upon us all a back door government that smacks of treason by those in whom we had put our trust. None of these things will probably happen in total. What will probably happen will reflect the political reality that exists today.
What is the political reality of today? If they can get their act together, the Malays and Islam will rule Malaysia to the exclusion of everyone else. But the Malays and Islam are not together. The Malays and Islam are conflicted and hampered by religious dogma and man’s greed for money and power. And, over all this, hubris rules.
In this schism there exist opportunities for anyone, Malays, Muslims, non-Malays, and non-Muslims, to impose their political will as they think fit. To date, there has been no overwhelming voice of moderation nor any credible attempt to impose some sense of balance and rationality in this religious and racial conundrum that Malaysia is now in for one simple reason. To date, there has not been one single Malaysian that has been able to demonstrate to all of us that he or she will be able to transcend race and religion to lead us all to the promised land where our rainbow of race and religion becomes our strength rather than our nemesis.
So today, 19th October 2020, a Monday, I want to talk about reality. Political reality. Not about would be, wannabe, or should be leaders who are past their political prime. Not about individuals who put their hands up to be leaders because like Rip Van Winkle, they have just awoken from years of slumber and found themselves to be relevant enough, so others tell them, relevant enough to offer themselves as interim leaders of this wretched country of ours. I am not going to talk about would-be leaders who delude themselves that they are somehow able to coddle together enough numbers onto their side to enable them to have enough parliamentarians to do government. None of the above.
I want to talk about real leaders who have real political support and numbers to be able to bang tables if need be or garner enough political numbers in parliament to claim government in their own right. Leaders, who, when push comes to shove, can hold their own in an increasingly crowded political huddle where strength is measured by the manner you can vanquish any challengers who dare to stand in your way to Putrajaya. And I want to emphasize that my work is to write the news not make it, fake it, or spin it.
If you read what I write in these past one year, especially after the Langkah Sheraton in the first quarter of this year, one thing is certain. I have fought long and hard for Pakatan Harapan to take government in 2018, but Pakatan Harapan, from the day it took government, was set to fail. The toxic mix of Mahathir and Anwar could not transcend past their personal animosity towards each other – not even when national interest was at stake. After their ouster with the Langkah Sheraton my thoughts turned to what is to come after the back door government of TSMY has served the purpose of Umno. And what was Umno’s purpose in allowing the back door government to happen? As Datuk Seri Zaid Hamidi told us emphatically in front of TSMY house on the day that the back door government came into being….Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said “Mission Accomplished”.
What he should have said is that part one of his mission is accomplished. And that part is to put Umno back into Putrajaya. Today, October 19th, 2020, Zahid Hamidi begins in earnest, the next part of his mission. To put Umno back into government. Let us see what Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi will now do to make that a reality. Enough said.