steadyaku47 comment: Sometime in June 2009, with the assist of Zach, my son I became familair with the wonders of the Internet. While surfing the Net, I chance upon a clip of Lim Kit Siang speaking in Parliament. I forgot now what it was that he was talking about then but I remembered about being concerned that his delivery in Malay had much to be desired. Impulsively (again with the help of my son – for I did not even know then how to send an email then) I sent Kit Siang an email suggesting that it would do him good if he improved his Malay diction if he wants to get more Malays on side.
To my surprise he replied to my email and suggested that if I had anything to say – why not I write it down and sent it to him. That I did and the following was the first or many articles that  I sent to Kit Siang that was posted on his blog on 16th July 2009 – over six years ago!
Most of what I wrote then is still relevant today. See if you agree. 

      

First posted Thursday, 16 July 2009, 5:00 am

The next general election is for Pakatan Rakyat to lose


by Hussein Hamid

I could write about what Anwar (as in Ibrahim) and what he represents
for the many Malaysians who yearns for a Malaysia that is free from
corruption, nepotism and all the promises that a ‘Man who would be King’
can promise before his ascent to the throne..but I will not.

I can write about Mahathir and what he has done for our country in
the years he has been in power – that he has made Malaysia into a
conglomerate that made strange bedfellows of business and politics –
where his brand of ‘take no prisioners’ reign tolerated no opposition to
his rule – where UMNO and himself was the ruler par excellance…but I
will not.

I can write about Pak Lah who came in with a bang and left without even a whimper…but I will not.

I can write about Najib, Rosmah, Altantuya, leaping frogs and things that go bump in the night – but I will not.

I am no card carrying member of the “I am a Melayu/Bumiputra” brigade
but I am a Melayu that has benefited greatly from the largeness of UMNO
in the years that it has effectively dominated the politics of our
country.


The ills that are now so self evident in our country, in the systems
that prevails in the country, in the Police, in the failure of so many
of our leaders to lead by examples, in the virtual breakdown of our own
self belief that we as Malaysians can get a fair deal from our elected
leaders is a manifestations of the many years that we have allowed UMNO
to appoint leaders who have put self preservation before country. UMNO
is the Political Party that the Malays had to have so that in time they
will understand that the Politics of greed and avarice will not only
bring a country to its knees but also mean the Malays has lost it’s
place in a country that they once call their own. That we, as a race,
have to pay so heavy a price for the follies of our elected leaders is
now a reality.

But the future has overtaken us. The Malays are no longer alone in
proclaiming that Malaysia is their country. They are others who have
earned that right because over the years they choose to make Malaysia
their home. Too many Malays now understand that the division between
“them” and “us’ no longer exists. We are one. Together we want change
and it will come – but the process of growing up is one of trial and
errors, making informed choices of what is the right thing to do for our
country and most critical, the tolerance and acceptance and celebration
of one another as being different and yet united in wanting what is
good for our country and for us.

We have begun the journey. Pak Lah started us on that journey when he
unwittingly opened the way towards openness and decency in the way
things were done. Anwar was release, the media could and did say things
they could not say before, his Ministers, MB’s and UMNO itself were
unshackled and were given enough rope to act as they think fit (and in
the process, as we had hoped, hanged themselves). The last General
Election is in large parts, a result of these changes that was only
possible when Pak Lah took his place in our history books – albeit at
the expense of UMNO, Barisan and some say, the Malays. But for most
Malays it is a small price to pay for our entry into a real partnership
with the others in Malaysia as we enter into an era of accountability
and responsibility in the Governance of our Country that we now expect
from those whom we elect as leaders – be it from Barisan or Pakatan
Rakyat.

Pakatan Rakyat will need to negotiate a steep learning curve as it
come to terms with what it can and what it cannot do when in power.
There will be opportunities to enrich themselves beyond what mere
mortals can only dream of and some amongst them will succumb to the
temptations. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely –
again the heady emotions of wielding power at State level will make
anyone salivate at the thoughts of wielding power at the Federal Level –
what will they do to make that a reality? Do what UMNO has done? God
forbids !! Common sense tells us that ‘good intentions’ alone will not
hold Pakatan Rakyat together. What will? The spoils of wars? Much too
soon the unraveling of Pakatan Rakyat has started – what we see and hear
in public must surely be the tip of the iceberg. The union is too
fragile and without cohesion to survive effectively unless there is
unity in purpose. I hope I am wrong but this I know. The next election
is there for Pakatan to lose.

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