While the weekend’s result in Tanjung Piai is unlikely to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, it is no doubt the strongest indicator yet of changing perceptions in respect of the balance of political power in Malaysia.
Here’s a lowdown on the performances of ministers in Malaysia – a year after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th general election.
In politics, there are no hard and fast rules. Alliances can be contemplated on the basis of common ground. As such, it is absurd to continue branding PAS as religious bigots and Umno as racist fascists in a hypocritical and self-righteous manner.
After winning the general election, the Pakatan Harapan government seems to have forgotten the art of communication as its members have also learned that social media is a double-edged sword.
Pakatan Harapan’s failure to heed the needs and wants of the people will only result in another Cameron Highlands, another Semenyih, and – according to all predictions – another Rantau.
Should Pakatan Harapan be given more time to deliver on its promise or is it time it walked the talk?
The “new Malaysia” the rakyat wanted is a nation-building agenda based on altruistic and universal values. Instead, we are returning to race-based politics in different clothing.
Sadly, most citizens have yet to understand the true role of political leadership and have been pulled, unfortunately, into the political games of the politicians. Many fail to realise running a country is a big deal.
The number of dubious credentials of Pakatan Harapan ministers further adds to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s series of flawed appointments as evident throughout his reign pre- and post-May 9.
As construction of several new expressways is underway, Pakatan Harapan leaders must dread the day the tolled roads are launched as they will face the wrath of voters for going back yet again on their election manifesto.
The honeymoon period for the new Pakatan Harapan government is over. There is an erosion of integrity within the government as it seems to be going back to the old, dark ways.
Pakatan Harapan is being scrutinised for its 100-day pledge and manifesto but it’s not the only one to have promised the moon.
The Malaysia Baru cabinet must insist that morality and ethics are weighed in on all policy decisions and implementations.