I wasn’t completely satisfied with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government over the past year, but do I regret voting for it? No, I do not. In fact, I was glad that May 9, 2018 happened and that at the very least, this country was given a temporary reprieve.
The task now is to see a new Malaysia emerge, based not on one specific target date but on a continuous basis. One year after PH’s rule is just a date, not a watershed in anything. PH still has four more years to effect change. The most important thing is for the government to rein in corruption and to keep vested interests at bay.
Whatever PH’s shortcomings are, I think they pale in comparison with the kind of abuse and malfeasance perpetrated in the past.
Just imagine, who would ever know the comings and goings at 1MDB, Tabung Haji, LTAT, FGV, Felcra, KWAP, ECRL, the multipurpose pipelines and other over-priced projects? Who would ever know of the luxurious jewellery, obscene wealth and opulent lifestyles? Who would ever know how long Malaysia would continue to survive before it sank into oblivion?
While we are not completely happy with PH’s performance thus far, I think we must all feel grateful there is now a new beginning and a new hope.
Be that as it may, PH must quickly nip in the bud the continuous annoying and insidious plays on race, religion and royalty.
I agree with the observation that every race and religion is asserting its own rights. But has the government looked at all these demands rationally and objectively? Are these demands reasonable or excessive? Are they legitimate or insidious?
If the government is nonracial, sincere and fair, I think it would not be difficult to separate legitimate demands from treacherous ones.
It is time for the government to act tough while time is still with it. It is my sincere opinion that some of the demands are misguided due to orchestrated insecurity and threats. It is also my sincere opinion that some of the demands have gone beyond the ambit of our constitution.
There will always be a trade-off between growth and distribution. So also there are limits on earthly living and spirituality. Making people unevenly rich is better than making everybody poor. Similarly, we will talk more about our religions only when our stomachs are full.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.