An open letter to Anwar Ibrahim
Updated 23 hours ago · Published on 29 Jun 2020 7:00PM ·
Assalamualaikum and Selamat Sejahtera,
I am writing to you to express to you my support and admiration to your leadership and idealism.
Which brings me to my next point, with this temporary reality in mind and your vision for reforms to be implemented, I do strongly believe there is a need for you to think about a new sacrifice from your side to save Malaysia and the Reformasi cause.
Similarly, given the situation today that Malaysia is in, you are put in a position that you have to make a choice.
It is right for you and PKR to throw your support behind Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over Dr Mahathir in applying the principles above.
…you and PKR should co-operate and throw your support behind Muhyiddin and demand to be deputy prime minister in his cabinet.
Primarily, because Malaysia is in terrible need of political stability to steer the country through the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn/recession as a consequence thereof.
With PKR and yourself in government, the party shall be able to play an effective role in governing in these testing times of our nation and also be able to implement reforms.
Make no mistake, deputy to Muhyiddin is not similar to that of Dr Mahathir.
You and Muhyiddin go way back to the Team Wawasan days in Umno and are of the same age.
In fact, you have both showed how mature and wise you both are in being able to sit together in a meeting during the movement control order.
It is time for you and Muhyiddin to steer this nation forward together as one.
This partnership is best fit to define and create a new dynamic leadership for what appears to be a Malaysia in transition, as you both have the right governing experience during your years in the Umno-led government, and also the dark and lowest point of your careers of being sacked from the No. 2 job in government.
This partnership will be able to open a new chapter, putting away the Dr Mahathir years and at the same time creating the pathway for a new generation of Malaysian political leadership comprising the likes of Rafizi Ramli, Wong Chen, Khairy Jamaluddin, Nurul Izzah and many more.
What PKR and you offer is what is badly needed by the administration in place currently.
PKR is a multiracial and dynamic party free of the infamous Kartel baggage. PKR brings together a diverse pool of talent in its ranks of 38 MPs:
Wong Chen, well versed in the economy
Chang Lih Kang, a young and promising Chinese leader
Larry Sng, an experienced hand having served in the Sarawak administration at a young age
Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, a senior, able politician and diplomat
Sim Tze Tzin and Muhammad Bakhtiar, who were fairly good performers as deputy ministers
William Leong and Sivarasa Rasiah, experienced hands who may offer a lot to implement legal and administrative reforms
Fahmi Fadzil, Nik Nazmi and Akmal Nasir, young and dynamic leaders who will offer many new policy and ideas.
There are many more amongst PKR with experienced legislators in the likes of Dr Michael Teo, Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Fuziah Salleh, to name but a few.
The partnership and co-operation of this nature between you and Muhyiddin is what is needed to put a stop to the never-ending politicking of Dr Mahathir.
With a proper co-operation and unity with Muhyiddin, PKR, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Umno, PAS and Sabah based parties like Warisan, Star, PBRS others, the current administration may implement the proper rule of law by letting the judiciary rule without fear or favour towards the cases involving Najib Razak in 1MDB and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
This would enable the administration to continue to work with representatives from Umno in particular, who are free from pending criminal cases.
This co-operation is what the nation direly needs at this juncture: able hands to steer the nation.
Surely the co-operation is conditional, with the removal of the traitors with your party from the current administration.
Not just that, it is timely for PKR to grow to stand on its own one day, free of the baggage from DAP and Amanah especially during the 22 months in government; and free of the dictation and grip of Dr Mahathir.
As I have said before, the majority of Malaysians are just tired and fed up of him.
PKR will be able to maintain its goal for reform and the rakyat, instead of being accused of the never-ending pursuit of the premiership for one man.
This is the right step taken to protect and preserve the interests and well-being of many Malaysians – be it the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks, Melanaus, Kadazans and Muruts badly affected by Covid-19.
You can’t underestimate the wisdom of the masses, which would appreciate your move in doing what is best for the country and putting an end to the politicking of Dr Mahathir.
While there is no denying your involvement and achievements in Malaysia’s success during your years in government in the 80s and 90s, you have only been given the chance to be known as an opposition leader to many people from younger generations.
What is much needed right now is deliverables and you are best positioned to address the issues involving the economy, governance, Malay/Bumiputera well-being and population at large by being in government not the opposition.
Sir, the year 2020 should be a repeat of your 1982 where you made a pragmatic decision in your political career.
You were able to implement your vision and idealism. For which we shall not underestimate the wisdom of the masses, who are tired of politicking and would want to see results and deliverables for the betterment of our beloved Malaysia.
Please consider this as a way to move forward and means to achieve the top job one day in the remaining years of your political career.
While I continue to hope Malaysia will survive and move forward, I pray to the Almighty to bestow upon you good health, longevity and wisdom.
Thank you for your time and indulgence in reading this. – June 29, 2020.
* Nasaruddin Ismail Yusof reads The Malaysian Insight.
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