Now we know who the traitors are

A dinner at a Petaling Jaya hotel last week, dubbed the Sheraton Move, brought together Umno, PAS and some PKR leaders.

Malaysians have learnt a lot this past week, myself included.

Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia today.

I would like to congratulate him the way I would congratulate one who has just won a race on equal footing. Unfortunately, his success was not based on a level playing field.

It was a result of the treachery and betrayal of certain members of parliament who unashamedly deserted the very platform they campaigned on just less than two years ago to win the votes of the people.

I know some of them personally. The next time we meet would be an embarrassing affair as I do not know where they will hide in shame.

But then again, these guys had the audacity to do what they did. I’m sure they will find a way to put up a “righteous” stance. True politicians, I suppose.

But Malaysia does not need true politicians today. Malaysians need honest, principled servants to heal the nation of the unimaginable damage inflicted on it by the Barisan Nasional.

Can we count on the 20-odd MPs involved in that infamous “Sheraton move” to deliver such reforms?

Obviously not. They have brought back the very people voted out by the rakyat two years ago. Unforgivable.

But I believe there is a blessing in disguise from this episode.

It is that we now know who the traitors are. We now know for certain who was willing to stoop so low to allow the corrupt back and reject the will of the people.

I also believe that Pakatan Harapan will be back.

And I’m so grateful to know now who must not be in it then.

Ramkarpal Singh is MP for Bukit Gelugor.

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