If the 15th general election were to be held next week, voters would have a tough time deciding who to vote for. Not because they are spoilt for choice – rather, it is a case of having no choice. Not for the moment, anyway.
On one hand, you have the banding together of two pro-Malay parties and on the other, you have a multiracial party. For now, it is a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. A simple mind will look at things like this, in the most simple of ways.
For example, while the PAS-Barisan Nasional (BN) platform is targeting the Muslim vote, Pakatan Harapan is holding on to the non-Muslim vote while also attempting to eat into the Muslim support enjoyed by PAS and BN.
Assuming that the PAS-BN alternative has the momentum at the moment, it is important and necessary that the ruling coalition get its act together. The sooner, the better.
They should start by replacing Ronald Kiandee as PAC chairman, as a matter of principle and good governance. Regardless of what Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has to say to justify keeping Kiandee as PAC chairman, it is irrelevant, insignificant and nonsensical.
Mahathir may have his reasons for doing what he does because he is an old hand at politics. But if there is any integrity and credibility left in Kiandee, he should step down voluntarily. He owes this to himself and to the supporters of PH. He knows as well as we do that the role of PAC chairman is meant for someone from the opposition. Why be a liability to PH?
Post-May 9, I, like millions of others, looked forward to a New Malaysia and a new beginning. I am still hopeful that it will come, but as things stand, nothing has changed.
Just listen to Noor Azmi Ghazali, the MP for Bagan Serai, for instance, who won on a BN ticket but defected to PH. He wants the government to act against “dirty” LBGT actions. He said their presence will “invite God’s wrath”.
This is not PH talking. This is Umno talking because this is exactly what the now on-leave Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said when a tsunami struck Pandeglang district in Indonesia in December last year.
Zahid said this was God’s wrath against the LBGT in Indonesia.
Azmi has also touched on God’s wrath. Is this necessary? Where is the difference between the old Malaysia and the new Malaysia, I ask?
Supporters of PH are more than ready to fire a salvo at anyone who puts PH to the sword and shows support for Najib Razak and the former government. They would rather BN become a non-entity and be completely erased from the face of the earth. But this is not the issue at stake. Not at all.
What is at stake is whether we are brave enough to admit the failings of PH. Should we face the truth or look the other way and pretend that everything is hunky-dory with the present government? The choice is yours to make.
Unfortunately for Mahathir and PH, there is no choice. For better or for worse, believe in what you stand for and stand for what you believe in.
All Malaysians need are reasons to believe in you. Give it to them.
Clement Stanley is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.