Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Citizen's Declaration to Save Malaysia

I don’t believe the Malaysian political landscape is going to change anytime soon.
This is in spite of the entrancing show of unity by politicians from both the ruling party and opposition coalition as well as civil society activists – who came together on March 04, 2016 to sign a Citizen’s Declaration that is pushing for PM Najib Razak to resign from office.
The “Save Malaysia” document states: “We, the undersigned citizens of Malaysia agree and support: the removal of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the prime minister of Malaysia through non-violent and legally permissible means; the removal of all those who have acted in concert with him; a repeal of all the recent laws and agreements that violate the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and undermine policy choices, and a restoration of the integrity of the institutions that have been undermined, such as the police, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), Bank Negara and the PAC (Public Accounts Committee)”.
The declaration has also expressed concern over the controversies surrounding state investment firm 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion deposited in Najib’s personal accounts.
The motley collection of personalities – including former PM Mahathir Mohamad, former deputy PM Muhyiddin Yassin, former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir, former minister Sanusi Junid, MCA’s Ling Liong Sik, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and PAS election director Mustafa Ali, former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim and former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib, former Malaysian Bar president Ambiga Sreenevasan and Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah – are like a patchwork that is colorful and yet it doesn’t make any sense.
The clamor is for Najib’s ouster and that he be replaced by another UMNO leader, in order to supposedly save Malaysia – but this in itself is a most unwise move. It means they accept that it is alright for BN to stay in power.

This is political expediency. Actually, it is more about numbers. The arithmetic tells us they hold the majority of seats in the Dewan Rakyat, that’s why.
But just getting rid of Najib is only a stop-gap. It will not fix our problems because they are systemic symptoms of a country that is on the verge of ruinous destitution.
We must demand for real change. And this can only happen when a decaying political system is replaced by another alternative system.
By teaming up with the devil Mahathir, it tells me that Pakatan Harapan have run out of ideas.
We should get rid of Najib. And UMNO. And BN. Only then, can we actually look forward to a better future for Malaysia!

Yes, I understand politics is politics. At this juncture, Najib is the target. Still...

I wouldn't go so far as to say I feel betrayed I just don't like it!
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