By TK Chua
Let’s forget trying to negotiate the impossible. Let’s forget trying to contain unbridled ambition and bigotry. Let’s stop pretending we are magnanimous when we are intransigent to the core. Let’s forget also the mounting crises the nation is facing.
No one really cares anymore; this country has been on autopilot for a long time.
We have pretenders, hypocrites and corruptors as our politicians and leaders. The baloney being perpetrated is beyond belief. No explanation, justification and rationale has been given for anything. Everything is based on power, defiance, personal survival, and obstinacy.
We violate agreements, ethics and principles and we allow the slippery slope of expediency and hypocrisy to lead us to more baloney as is evidenced today.
Seriously, how could we have PAS as a friend and ally on one hand and as an enemy and opponent on the other at the same time? I think only the greatest hypocrites and the most self-conceited could see no contradiction in this situation.
How can Pakatan Harapan (PH) especially PKR treat its equal partner Amanah as a lesser friend whenever the situation suits them? We may occasionally ask our friends to sacrifice something for us, but asking them to sacrifice for their enemies is nonsensical. Asking Amanah to sacrifice for PAS is out of the question. If PKR was a true friend, it would never have even thought of asking this.
Today we decry the prevalence of unfettered corruption and abuse of power. We blame the self-interests and self-preservation of certain leaders as the source of our problems. However we have largely forgotten the genesis of it – the lack of principles and ethics in everything we do. We pretend to compromise the irreconcilable and we allow expediency to thrive. I think it is not difficult to discern that the rapid disintegration of opposition forces is due to their foggy position vis-a-vis PAS.
PH’s, more correctly PKR’s, continued engagement with PAS is immoral and lacks principles. Political parties must communicate to the people their policies and ideals honestly and unequivocally. They cannot tell the people they are inclusive and cosmopolitan and at the same time, behave in a dogmatic and parochial manner.
There is no such thing as being a little pregnant. If PH can’t be direct and definite while trying to gain power, I am sure they can’t do the same when exercising power. I am no longer in as much pain as I used to be when witnessing the continued disintegration of opposition forces in the country. They deserve it.
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