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Friday, November 18, 2016

Staying Apolitical in Malaysia ~ Can we afford to do so pending the 14th GE in 2018?

Whether we like it or not, politics does affect us no matter that we tend to be apolitical and wish to remain free from it's many scandals and repercussions.

Take for example, how our country Malaysia has come to be? When I was born in 1958, Malaya had just achieved independence from the British Colonials in the year before. 


Typical Attap Roofed Kampong House
Life in the Malay kampong @ village was largely quite simple and we were relatively just a poor family living in a rented attap roofed wooden house. Sharing a common bathroom with 4 other families.

Life was much more simpler as being kampong folks, we didn't aspire for much. Just like the classic Hindi 'Roti Kapada Aur Makaan' movie's title, we were quite contented having food, clothing's and a home. Be it just a simple shared wooden house with attap roofing.


Simple meal like this
We would be counting our blessings if we had just rice, fish and some veggies. No fancy-mancy meals for us. We survived the turbulent times back then in the 60's and 70's.

By the 80's I had already left school and went to work in Singapore. Our Malaysian Ringgit then was RM1.40 to 1 Singapore Dollar. 


We might have been an agriculture based economy back then but we were acknowledged as an up and coming country.


Our country''s politics was vibrant but not that scandalous. Until the emergence of our 4th and most illustrious Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Tun Dato Seri Dr.Mahathir Mohamad
He was a no-nonsense type of leader and ruled decisively transforming Malaysia from a 3rd world agricultural country into an industrial nation. We were quite a dynamic developing nation during his rule and our country was known as amongst the region's most progressive nation. 

As in other growing countries, there came into being a struggle for power amongst the top leaders of the Barisan Nasional spearheaded by the rising politician, Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir's handpicked protege who skyrocketed up UMNO's political leader brushing aside party stalwarts like the unassuming Ghafar Baba, the Kelantan prince Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and others like Abdullah Badawi.

Mahathir had his former Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam quit after not agreeing to Mahathir's electing his rival Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as the Minister for Trade and Industry.

Not to say that before the times of Mahathir, there was no discord amongst the founding fathers of this nation. Tunku Abdul Rahman with his lackadaisical mannerisms had already sacked Mahathir from being an UMNO member after the latter had penned a scathing letter where Mahathir lambasted Tunku for his penchant to give face to the Chinese by overruling the death sentences that were passed on 11 Chinese subversives.



Mahathir had further accused Tunku of giving in to the demands of the Chinese emboldening them to disrespect Tunku and the Malays. Tunku's giving in to the Chinese had also made them to daringly reject the Alliance and regard Tunku as a coward and pushover.

Mahathir also disclosed that the Malays hated Tunku and despised him for Tunku's fondness to play poker with his Chinese associates and misusing Government assets such as patrol cars and police escorts in such pursuits to gamble with the Chinese.


Mahathir had also penned that members of PAS and the majority of the Malays now hated Tunku and no longer trusted him to champion their interests.


Naturally Tunku took offense to such a strongly worded letter criticizing him and caused Tunku to sack and remove Mahathir from UMNO. Mahathir would have remained in the political wilderness if not for the kindness and mercy of Tun Abdul Razak who accepted Mahathir back into the folds of UMNO and eventually got elected as the Deputy Prime Minister when Tun Hussein Onn became the PM after Tun Razak's death.


This is why Mahathir felt indebted towards the help of Tun Razak in getting Mahathir back into the ruling party and when he became the Prime Minister taking over from Tun Hussein in 1981 had in a way looked out for Najib Tun Razak, the son of Tun Razak, his mentor.


When Mahathir sacked Anwar Ibrahim for the latter's said abuse of power and sodomy related offenses, he had no choice but to appoint Abdullah Badawi as his Deputy. 


When Mahathir resigned as the PM in 2003, he appointed Abdullah as his successor and Najib rose to become the new Deputy Prime Minister. When Abdullah Badaw failed miserably in retaining power over many states in the Malay Peninsular, Mahathir started sniping at Abdullah's heels and the flabbergasted Pak Lah threw in the towel and handed over the most powerful seat to Najib Tun Razak!


Little did they know that this 'puss in boots' would turn out to be the 'Master Jedi' that he is today and get embroiled in the 'Mother of all Scandals namely the RM2.6 Billion 'Big Daddy of all Donations into his personal bank account and the still unsolved mismanagement of the 1MDB funds!


Malaysian economy is practically draining into the financial gutter and our currency is at it's weakest rate against the major currencies of the world. At one time the Malaysian Ringgit was even shunned by the money changers and Forex traders of Thailand and Indonesia due to it's constant slip and sliding against the US Dollar and other stronger currencies.

PM Najib Razak's indifference to all the critics of his maladministration and couldn't care less attitude topped by his spendthrift luxury loving spouse further rubs the proverbial salt to the wounds being suffered by the people of Malaysia and his government's removal of many subsidies of daily necessities such as fuel and other consumer goods and utilities plus the 6% GST put n most consumer goods and services drives Malaysians nuts!

As a result, there have been numerous public protests against Najib's government and demands for his resignation. 


Najib has sacked the AG, replaced him with Najib's selected Yes Man, placed his proxy as the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat in Parliament and another as his IGP where all these fellows sort of shield against any attempts to overthrow him till the next GE n 2018.

He has also sacked Muhyiddin Yassin, his Deputy who eventually dared to question him about the RM2.6 Billion, Mukhriz Mahathir as the Kedah Menteri Besar for siding with Muhyiddin, Shafie Apdal from being the Minister for Rural Development for aligning with the two and many others as well.

Whenever any Member of Parliament tries to raise any of such scandals to be debated in the parliamentary sessions, the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat promptly squashes any such attempts instantly!
It is only Tun Dr. Mahathir who still has some bite left in him to cause some discomfort to PM Najib Razak. The rest are like toothless grandpas who can hardly make a dent in Najib's thick skin!


it is in this climate of political uncertainty that the average Malaysian citizen tends to go apolitical. Not wanting to support either sides.

The question is can we afford to do so and risk our future with what Time throws at us?

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