Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir — son of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, strident critic of current PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak — has been ousted as Mentri Besar (Chief Minister) of Kedah. Well, it was another case of business as usual in Umno. Ironically, the Ringgit Malaysia has been recovering with his resignation or, at least, at the same time as he was manoeuvred out.
It seems as if the business community does not want any change to the status quo and has been bolstering up support for the Umno-led government. Other factors aside, every time there is a threat to the incumbent leadership, the ringgit falls in value. When the threat is removed, it goes up. That’s how it seems of late.
Businesses in Malaysia have thrived in the Umno-spawned culture of political patronage. Such businesses, of course, don’t want a change in government because their vested interests are at stake. But, that precisely is the reason why change is necessary. Businesses should be enabled to grow irrespective of which party is leading the country. Then, any leadership change will have minimum impact on the lives of the people. Changing the culture of doing business in Malaysia, however, will only happen when there is a change in government.
Unfortunately, that change will come only when the people of Malaysia vote in a new government with a comfortable majority. So, we have to wait until the next general election — or, an “act of God” occurs! Until then, we have to put up with all the shenanigans that go on in Umno, and God help us persevere!