Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor have both been charged in court. It is likely that others too will be charged after this. For sure, the battle is going to be long, difficult and protracted. Right now, we have only just begun scratching the surface.
How much time will be required to settle all this? How much of the nation’s energy and concentration will be sapped away? Just imagine the amount of resources and manpower used to go after all the criminals associated with 1MDB alone.
How much are we spending a day to upkeep the Equanimity right now? How soon can we resolve the legal issues and sell it off?
At the end of the day, we can’t run away from the debits and credits of our efforts.
The problems upon us are real and unavoidable. Imagine a national debt that needs more than four decades to pay off. Imagine the damage done to numerous institutions which may take years to put right.
Will Dr Mahathir Mohamad survive all these problems or will the problems survive him? Will Pakatan Harapan (PH) stay united, or will it disintegrate before we get to the bottom of the fiascos we now face?
I believe these are valid questions. I don’t think we will ever see meaningful results if there is a regime change or if PH self-implodes.
I am sorry, but institutional reforms notwithstanding, I cannot see independence and professionalism in institutions such as the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and others, in carrying out their tasks to a fruitful end if there is a regime change or political realignment in between.
So if PH is for the country, it should stay united despite the differences in personalities. Where is the resolve of PH after the May 9 election? In this regard, I concur with Zaid Ibrahim that our prime minister should go to Port Dickson for an hour or so and perhaps speak for 20 minutes. That would be more than enough to send the right message to the nation.
Please don’t get me wrong: this is not about Anwar Ibrahim alone. This is about PH’s unity in completing the task it began. When fissures emerge in PH, political realignments will likely follow. Once that happens, we can kiss goodbye to solving the numerous problems facing the nation today.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.