For the past several months, I have been an avid watcher of the spat between Tun Mahathir and Pak Lah’s government; especially Tun’s persistent criticism of his successor. I find it unusual though for Tun, having being at the helm of government for 22 years, and with a number of his ‘subordinates’ still holding ministerial posts today, could lash out his criticisms at the entire government, that he once commandeered.
Though strange to some, Tun’s bashful retorts at some of the things that the present government does, surely has its reasons, which has been made known by Tun, in no uncertain terms at various gatherings and meetings with people across the country.
Despite the above, Pak Lah still remains adamant, and is far from conceding to the pressures for him to relieve of his post, after his party’s dismal showing in the March 8, general elections. Even after having lost the state of Penang, his home state to the opposition, he claims the Malay voters are still supporting UMNO, which is now synonymous with him. This claim has given Pak Lah the legitimacy to cling to power, although there has been many dissenting voices within the party itself.
The recent ‘drama’ involving Najib, Rosmah, Anwar, Saiful, Bala, Musa, Gani and RPK has somewhat distracted the public’s attention towards the Mahathir-Pak Lah’s tirades; the latter being the least vocal. The ‘drama’ has raised several perceptions and spectre in the minds of people, one of which (if it is worth believing), is that the script to the ‘drama’ was written by Pak Lah himself.
Assuming the above to be true, Malaysia will the first country in the world to have its top members of both the legislative and judiciary as ‘criminals’, that is likely to drag the country towards political and economic oblivion.
Many questions will then be asked. Who else can the people believe? What laws runs this country? Are we nearing Armageddon?
Only yesterday, Pak Lah has awaken from his slumber, and was quick to shot down the internet (bloggers I suppose), whom he said had exacerbated the slandering and smearing of lies to those involved in the ‘drama’, supposedly squaring on Anwar. This accusation has taken a new turn to the reform stance adpoted by the new Minister of Information, who is much friendlier to the press, and to the bloggers in particular.
With all the uncertainties prevailing, and the possibility of new found ‘dramas’ being propped up, Malaysia can no longer be what it was before.
Public lost of confidence at the government, the judiciary and the police has been said aloud. Economic woes has added pressure on the people. And voices that the Army will be called in to assist the police if widespread disorder develops, has caused public criticism. Voices has also be heard that continued public protest, and in much larger scale will now spread into the streets.
What will all the above do to this country? My guess is one of apprehension and untold fear, which my grandchildren does not deserve.