Mariam Mokhtar: COMMENT | Malaysia’s future is in your hands (Malaysiakini)…

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COMMENT | Malaysia’s future is in your hands

Mariam Mokhtar

COMMENT | Corrupt Umno-Baru politicians have staying power, and after consuming political viagra, they can survive endless dangerous liaisons with frogs, multiple partners like PAS, MCA, MIC, Gerakan and others.

On the other hand, the rakyat suffers from hair-trigger problems, and after winning GE14, they are a spent force and lack the endurance to continue, despite the Sheraton coup.

If only the rakyat could learn from the corrupt politicians. The corrupt think long-term, so that their party will benefit, and their relatives, cronies and peers will reap the rewards. The corrupt politician’s legacy is to promote the party cause and themselves.

Today, Malaysia is on a knife-edge. Politicians are rewarded with plum GLC posts and enviable perks. Corrupt politicians from both Umno-Baru and PAS are being recycled. Politicians who lack integrity are enticed to jump, to enable Muhyiddin Yassin to have sufficient “numbers” and stay in power.

One time “moderate Malays” like Azhar Azizan Harun, the lawyer and once outspoken social activist, have fallen for Muhyiddin’s charms.

Sadly, some of us have formed a very low opinion of other so-called “progressive” Malays and say that they will follow in Azhar’s footsteps, for the right price.

They use underhand tactics

Many Malaysians are confused and think that we face a Malay versus Chinese issue, or a Muslim versus non-Muslim issue. That is wrong! The real problem is that we have a handful of corrupt politicians who are desperate to cling on to power, and they use underhand tactics like the three Rs (race, religion, royalty) to displace others.

Lim Guan Eng is aware that, as a politician, his life is subject to scrutiny, but who would have thought that Muhyiddin would stoop so low and charge Lim’s wife, Betty Chew, with money-laundering?

When Lim was the chief minister of Penang, we never heard that Betty had made trips to represent the government overseas, or fly other wives of ministers to the Middle East, on a ministerial jet, for a jolly. Did we notice Betty load several suitcases onto jets bound for Turkey? Did she stand-in for Lim, when foreign dignitaries visited Penang and he fell ill? Did we hear of Betty sacking reporters for painting Lim, in a negative light? Comparing Betty with other high-profile, powerful spouses, is like comparing peaches and pumpkins.

A majority of the rakyat wrongly believed that GE-14 was the be-all-and-end-all and that having secured a win, that was the end of their role in nation-building. They were wrong to think that.

The mess left behind by the Umno-Baru regime had to be undone before any of Pakatan Harapan’s reforms could be implemented. Corrupt and incompetent civil servants still ran the show and had to be either weaned, retrained or sacked. Were they protected by powerful unions?

Inefficient use and waste of public money

Outdated practices including lazy, lax methods had to be stopped. These included absenteeism, long breakfast breaks, closing the public counters early before the end of the working day and losing papers – but requiring a fee to find them.

The inefficient use and waste of public money had to be addressed. Important documents were probably removed or shredded. All these faults had to be dealt with alongside the business of running the nation. Does the rakyat appreciate this?

If the felon Najib Abdul Razak and his former cabinet had not treated the Malaysian Treasury like their personal piggy bank, more money could have been distributed among the rakyat.

If corrupt politicians did not steal the taxpayer’s money to buy votes, no one would vote for them.

Giving up on Malaysia is the easiest thing to do. When you give up, you condemn your children and grandchildren to a horrible future, dominated by race and religion. Racist and religious issues in other parts of the world have given rise to bloodshed and heightened tensions.

Aren’t you fed up with the Malay versus non-Malay, or Muslim versus non-Muslim conundrum? Are you angry that the only true bumiputera, the Orang Asli and Orang Asal of East and West Malaysia are largely ignored? Aren’t you fed up with the endless arguments about race, religion and royalty?

Malaysia could lead the way in pursuing the middle path of tolerance, but corrupt politicians won’t allow this to happen.

We want to move forward and focus on a bright, positive future for everyone. We want the best for the nation, but we can only achieve this if we unite and kick out the racist, extremist and corrupt politicians (that’s probably 97 percent of the cabinet members).

So, it is up to you, to help save Malaysia, from Muhyiddin, the man who ironically said he wanted to “save” Malaysia. Let’s put a stop to Muhyiddin and Perikatan Nasional’s Malay majority, Islam centric power nucleus.

In the run-up to GE15, the rakyat must rally together and remember that we are a rich country, whose most valuable asset is its people.

Giving up is very easy to do, but with two weeks before Merdeka day, let us revive the Tunku’s dream of a harmonious, multicultural nation.

Malaysia’s future depends on you. Don’t give up. Not now! Never!

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1 Response to Mariam Mokhtar: COMMENT | Malaysia’s future is in your hands (Malaysiakini)…

  1. E Lye says:

    We are not allowed to bear arms so that avenue is out of the question. They have suitcases of moolah. We need a scam artist like Jho to target them. They fell for it once …….. Bitcoin?

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