Are we now trying to return to the ‘golden era’ under ex-premiers Najib, Tun M and Muhyiddin?

Letter to editor

BASED on the trend and a series of events that have taken place since the Madani government was set up, it is obvious and acknowledged by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PMX) himself that there is a plot to topple him.

The way how cybertroopers work is obvious as they leave behind hints that anyone observant enough will be able to detect. The propaganda is well-oiled and probably well-funded.

Others, especially the more impartial social influencers, are just being drawn into the battle line due to their common interests which these paid cybertroopers. The strategists behind the plot appear to know how to provoke these social influencers to join in their game to attack Anwar.

Based on the confession made by Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah who goes by the moniker “Ratu Naga”, there are teams working under different leaders with these people being paid on a project basis that can run up to millions of ringgit.

Such huge amount of money can only come from the “political fund” that has become come under the limelight due to a couple of court cases involving former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

In the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) money laundering case, Najib has claimed that the money from 1MDB worth RM2.3 bil was used for both political funding and corporate social responsibility (CSR) purposes as opposed to personal use.

Although attempts may be made to call it political funds, the source of these funds and how the money was obtained (or rather, stolen), would determine whether corruption or money laundering is involved.

For this reason, politicians in the past have amassed great wealth in their war chests which many Malaysians now expect Anwar to pursue as part of his quest to eradicate the menace of corruption which is seemingly rooted within our society.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left) paid a courtesy call to Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar who is slated to be the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Nov 27 last year

Golden era

Henceforth, Anwar should keep to his promise by focusing on internal matters rather than being drawn into the Israel-Hamas conflict while at the same time irking the superpowers who – in the past – defended him against the injustices done against him.

One trend noticeable is the building up of public pressure to oust Anwar. Some hidden hands are obviously behind this.

At the same time, there appears to be people already discussing in some chat groups about ‘a return to Dr Mahathir and Najib’s era’ as if these were the golden eras.

Meanwhile, there are also attempts by seventh premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin seeking to cooperate with the former two premiers. Whether this can be linked to netizens who are now thinking of returning to the eras of the trio has yet to be seen but the attempt to remove the PMX is obvious.

If the authorities fail to pursue the huge amount of wealth amassed by the corrupt, either Anwar has to replace the head honchos of the agencies or he would have failed to meet the people’s expectations. The talk of the town is whether this same war chest is now being splashed around to topple the PMX which Anwar himself should be fully aware of.

Perhaps, the only comfort that most netizens have is to look forward to the installation of the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA).

Current Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is known to be strict. He would probably be the only one who can ensure that Anwar execute the stern warnings that were issued to those who continue to fan the 3Rs (race, religion and royalty) sentiments.

But until then, Malaysians can only put their fingers crossed.

Like Muhyiddin, both former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang have a lot to worry about the police investigation into their sedition cases, too.

Although the Kuala Lumpur High Court had on Aug 15 acquitted and discharged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of four counts of abuse of power involving RM232.5 mil, he still has the sword of Damocles hanging over his head with three corruption charges for allegedly receiving illegal proceeds and laundering tens of millions of ringgit between 2020 and 2022.

With the recent Kuala Lumpur High Court verdict on Syed Saddiq’s corruption case, it is obvious that people like the Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman and Bersatu president have a lot to worry about.

Meanwhile, people are now fast losing patience with both present and past leaders because they do not want to see a double standard in upholding justice. Unless Anwar and the cabinet reset Malaysia again, people are losing hope in the ability of the unity government to steer the country forward. – Nov 10, 2023


Yee Ming Lim
Kuala Lumpur

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

Main pic credit: Astro Awani

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