IT is not only the Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government that is under test but the same applies to the parliamentary opposition.
The test comes in the form of whether it supports political stability for the next five years for a reset of nation-building policies to unite a very polarised nation to become a first-rate world-class Malaysia instead of hurtling along to become a divided, failed and kleptocratic state.
This thought came to me when I read reports of former Bersatu information chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan asking in Parliament if the 10th PM was inspired by the Communist Manifesto in drafting the Budget 2023 and whether the latter was trying to instigate class warfare.
This term may be often used by US Republicans to attack any efforts by Barrack Obama to address societal inequality when the latter was in office as US president, but does the Malaysian parliamentary opposition want to see Malaysia as polarised as the US instead of finding a Malaysian route to national unity among our diverse races, languages, religions and cultures?
I am also reminded of one of the most preposterous allegations which the PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang had hurled against the DAP but which he had never been able to substantiate – that the DAP is anti-Malay, anti-Islam, communist and promoting Islamophobia.
In his keynote address at the International Forum on Islamophobia: Meaningful Engagement Through Madani Discourse yesterday (Feb 27), Anwar strongly advocated for reasoned discourse in accordance with Maqasid Syariah – as opposed to enmity or hatred – when responding to Islamophobia to maintain order and peace.
But Hadi is undermining the discourse against Islamophobia when he shouts “Islamophobia” for any criticism against him as PAS president for his failures and shortcomings.
It is full 14 weeks when he made the preposterous allegation that DAP is promoting Islamophobia but he has not been able to substantiate his serious allegation. When is he going to substantiate his allegation or will he retract his allegation against the DAP?
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Retired DAP supremo and former Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang, 82, has a colourful political career spanning 57 years.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.