PAS and Bersatu are still in the fantasy or illusionary state that they are able to topple the unity government and capture Putrajaya at any time.
Furthermore, two-time former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad further poured kerosene to fire salt when he opened another episode of “Malays losing power under PH”.
My humble request to all Malaysians and opposition political leaders is to wait until the next national poll in 2026.
We went through a period of unpleasant administration over the past three years in which foreign investors and even the locals could not invest in any giant projects. This is because the government and leadership at the Putrajaya level was unstable.
There were too two ‘backdoor’ prime ministers (PM) during that brief time span. Some might have benefitted from these drastic changes but that has not been of much help to the people and the economy of our country.
PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang declared that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s (YDPA) decree for the various political coalitions to reconcile under the unity government umbrella is not final while Dr Mahathir has sparked turbulence by instigating the Malays that they are powerless in their homeland.
Recall the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on transformation and political stability inked between the so-called Barisan Nasional (BN) government and Pakatan Harapan that was inked on Sept 13, 2021.
Such initiative was taken by PH leaders especially Gobind Singh Deo who is the DAP’s deputy chairman for the good of all even though PH leaders did not hold any executive positions in the government at that time. Looking back, this is indeed a very historic and brave decision which has paid off handsomely for PH today.
For the past three years, we have been living in a pandemic-stricken economy with many of our entrepreneurs been severely affected. This came about when Malaysia’s first ‘backdoor’ PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin declared a state of emergency for a lengthy period which never happened in other parts of the world.
No doubt Muhyiddin has also succeeded in creating the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) but this was skewed towards empowering Bumiputera entrepreneurs to safeguard their business operations in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase. That the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Council (MACC) has charged him for corruption because of this initiative is nevertheless a different issue altogether.
This is the time for all of us to express support for our beloved country with patriotic spirits. I am humbly pleading with every Malaysian to come together with Anwar for the betterment of everyone and as a continuity to the spirit of stability that was conceptualised in the said MOU.
In fact. I call on every patriotic Malaysian to come together to repair our rather fragmented sense of unity, find new economic sources, and to re-build the country’s economy by transforming Malaysia into a business hub for numerous industries instead of merely ‘finding fault’ with the government mandated by our King.
Don’t undermine our integrity simply by using ethnicity and creed. The people of this country are not backward as some outdated leaders still believe in. March 22, 2023
Papparaidu Veraman is the founder & advisor of Malaysian Indian Voice (MIV) and assistant organisational secretary to DAP Selangor.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.