Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mahathir Mohamad Says Thank You!

The PH prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad surprised me. He actually thanked Anwar Ibrahim and his family. 

The former prime minister said he understood that while it was not easy for those who did not like him to accept him, he was grateful for their willingness to put aside their differences for the future of the country. And he specifically mentioned Anwar and his family. He knew they suffered for twenty years. 

Mahathir said on Sunday that it must not have been easy for everybody to put the past behind them but they knew they had to in the struggle to free the country from Prime Minister Najib Razak's rapacious clutches. 

"I owe them and I thank Anwar for this gesture... for being willing to work with me to save this country", he had said. 

But I also continue to read irate PH supporters making a belligerent din about their unhappiness with Mahathir’s so-called appointment. Even PKR Selangor had come out publicly to oppose it. 

I too had reservations but surely, we must learn to put aside our anger, our bitterness, our rancor. 

The country must come first. Let’s be clear about this! 

We are dealing with Pakatan Harapan – a grouping of EQUALS. 

As such, we should be under no illusion that they have NO CHOICE but to compromise. They are compelled to accommodate themselves to the changed political scenario. They have to make concessions. Therefore, they must compromise, like it or not. 

It’s what is best for PH – the primary objective being to bring the critical vote home, and in doing so, ensure we obtain the highest probability of success at the ballot. And take control of Putrajaya. 

[Note: That critical vote refers to the very significant rural and suburban Malay-Muslim vote – without which, PH cannot realistically hope to win at the polls. Mahathir and his Bersatu members, therefore, appeal to this demographic]. 

Lest we persist in being unyieldingly adamant and unshakeably stubborn – ask ourselves this question. Who is the lesser of the two evils? Mahathir or Najib? 

I don’t like Mahathir. 

But Mahathir has apologized. Mahathir has acknowledged the sacrifices made by Anwar and family. And to his political enemies-turned-allies too. 

Isn’t it time for all of us to look ahead, to stay united and throw our support behind Pakatan Harapan? Only then can we get ready to do battle with BN. 

Putrajaya is in sight. 

Yesterday, I was at the MIMPJ Toastmasters meeting. I was the General Evaluator there. 

And I was even voted Best Table Topics Speaker. 

A good meeting.

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