Umno: A few names have been suggested as replacement to Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, especially after former PM Tun Mahathir Mohamad publicly criticised him saying — among other things — that he would be unable to lead the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to victory in the next general election.
Well, I think it really won’t make a difference if Najib is replaced and by whoever. Malaysian politics will go on as usual and the new leader will be as beleaguered as the incumbent. The problem isn’t Umno and neither is it the opposition’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) or its alliance, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR). The root cause is the fact that Umno as the leading party in the BN has been ruling the country since Merdeka without checks and balances. When the people voted the PR into government, it was a clear message that they wanted checks and balances in government. Unfortunately, politicians are not respecting the choice of the people and, instead, are trying to undermine and destroy the opposition.
The only way to restore political stability in the country is to ensure a viable two-party system. It has to be indelibly etched into our collective political psyche that a two-party system is here to stay. The onus, really, is on the ruling party — by virtue of being the ruling party — to create an environment for the opposition to be established. That hasn’t happened. Until it happens, we can expect the political climate to be as turbulent and shaky as it is now — unless the people vote in the opposition with a majority to enable it to rule.
PKR: That is the only reason why PKR has to get its act together. It can’t afford to languish rudderless without Anwar Ibrahim. No doubt morale is at its lowest ebb in the PKR and among its supporters. But the situation now offers the golden opportunity for its up and coming leaders to step up. The people who voted them in have to see PKR leaders rising up to the occasion and leading not only its own party but its PR coalition as well. They may stumble at first but as long as they are learning from their mistakes, it will be in their favour.
PKR has to prove its ability to rule and stay in power especially in the state it now leads, Selangor. If the party succeeds in bringing greater economic success to Selangor and in assuming leadership of PKR and PR, my feeling is that the latter will win the next general election.
PAS and DAP: These two PR allies have been exchanging angry words for some time. I think the root cause is that they are so different from each other that they don’t know how to relate as equals with respect. If they would only sit down and talk with each other!
I strongly urge the Christians in the DAP (there are many in the DAP!) to reach out to PAS members and bring them to the negotiating table.
As Christians, if by faith we do the right thing in deeds and thought and in relationships, we may be amazed by how He will influence the outcome!
(I’m starting this series, The Writing on the Wall, as my way of predicting what is to come. It will be numbered and begins with today’s post (0).