Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Should Malaysians Lose Sleep Over Dr M's Recent Laments?

Assalamualaikum and Good Morning!

Thought I'd begin my blogging life by posting what I had already shared in other forums. Our ever vocal 'returning' Prime Minister, "Dr M", has been causing ripples of late. I cannot help but note the ever evolving strategem of the mainstream Malaysian media attempting to distract Malaysians from real problems (such as raised by said) facing us today. I suspect Dr M is keeping a veritable howitzer of other issues affecting us the people directly in reserve should Pak Lah's admin fail to intelligently respond to the bazooka of issues he's already shooting at them.

Interesting also that the diversion strategy of blaming Dr M for past wrongs, real or imagined, is not working!

It may be nice to have Dr M answer for them, but almost all can be put to the current PM and cabinet to answer, with many of them being party to most of the decisions! Note that many of the policy 'wrongs' being slung at Dr M have not been changed, hence, the more practical question one asks is why the government of the day has not reversed or mitigated some of the decisions that they appear to be confessing to the people they believe to be wrong?!

Even when Pak Lah's admin tries to address the problems of old, they seem to have their priorities wrong!

E.g., why did the Gov. allow TNB to raise electricity prices first before getting the IPPs to change their supply contracts to TNB? Are the IPPs and their tycoon owners more important than the Malaysian people in Pak Lah's advisors' view, such that they are happy for common Malaysian folk to be burdened first before the multi-million-billionaires among us are?


Let me share a tangent (in Malay here, our National Language):

"Saudara-saudari sekelian. Soalan yang sepatutnya lebih meresahkan semua rakyat Malaysia adalah, apakah sebab Dr M berasa beliau perlu bersuara sedemikian adalah kerana beliau sudah tiada jalan-cara lain untuk berhubung dengan Pak Lah?

Mungkinkah ia bukan sebab beliau sendiri tidak pernah berusaha terlebih dahulu untuk memberi nasihat disebalik tabir, tetapi sebenarnya kerana beliau telah berulang kali dihalang atau tidak diendahkan suaranya apabila cuba memberi nasihat, bimbingan atau pendapat secara sulit.

Malah, saya percaya timbulnya krisis ini bukannya kerana Pak Lah sendiri yang enggan mendengar nasihat Dr M. Pada hemah saya, ada segolongan yang berkepentingan yang senentiasa menghalang bukan sahaja Dr M, malah penyokong-penyokongnya, dari menyampaikan nasihat, teguran serta pendapat secara langsung mahupun tidak langsung kepada Pak Lah...

Buktinya jelas - Dr M tidak melenting kerana ada sebab yang sudah diberikan kepada beliau secara sulit tentang pembatalan projek-projek yang beliau rasakan tidak munasabah - kalau ada, tentu ia sudah didedahkan dalam kemarahannya. Beliau sendiri menyatakan yang beliau tidak senang kerana TIADA JAWAPAN yang diberikan kepada soalan susulan beliau tentang tindakan kerajaan.

Contohnya, beliau telah mengetengahkan fakta yang kerajaan Singapura sudahpun bersetuju pada zaman beliau yang pembinaan jambatan 'scenic' tidak bersyarat dan bertanya kenapakah timbul isu bekalan pasir dan izin ruang udara Malaysia sebagai sebab pembatalan sekarang. Soalan ini adalah antara soalan-soalan yang belum dijawab.

Rakan-rakan sekelian. Orang Melayu hormat kepada orang tua. Dr M seakan-akan bapa kepada generasi pemimpin sekarang, apatah lagi hubung-kaitnya dengan kita masyarakat muda yang membesar dibawah penjagaan kerajaan pimpinan beliau.Oleh itu, tindakan pemimpin-pemimpin dan mereka-mereka yang menggesa Dr M untuk diam adalah satu tindakan yang kurang sopan.

Mungkin kerana itulah Pak Lah kelihatan masih agak kelu, kerana dalam kesopanan beliau, Pak Lah sedar yang untuk mendiamkan Dr M adalah tindakan yang luar-biasa kasar bahasanya.

Harapan saya adalah Pak Lah sendiri mula bersuara dan mungkin memulakan usaha mengesan dan mengenepikan anasir-anasir yang terlibat dalam pemutusan hubungan erat antara Dr M dan Pak Lah sebelum ini. Mungkin itulah langkah pertama yang wajar diambil olah Pak Lah dalam menangani cabaran ini."

Concerns on the above barriers of communication between Dr M and Pak Lah was validated by someone in Pak Lah's cabinet in the following Berita Harian report that was tapped into by Jeff Ooi among others:

http://www.jeffooi.com/2006/06/third_party.php

Interesting also to note that Pak Lah's administration may well have more to be worried about than Dr M in the coming months. With Aziz Samsuddin, Ishak Ismail and previously Ali Al-Habshee, all UMNO Ketua Bahagians, voicing support for Dr M, the real powers to unseat the PM, the leadership of the UMNO delegates to the general assembly, have indicated that the ground, the grass-roots, are restless. The risk for the Pak Lah administration is that this may be an indication of a snowballing of dissent within the rank and file in UMNO.

Pak Lah's administration has to address the real problems and not put much hope in the spin-doctors, mainstream media yes-men and the like distracting the Malaysian people away from them. May the answers Pak Lah has promised to be forthcoming be the truth, unhindered, unfettered, unspun and convincing, even if it means his government admitting that some of their actions have been wrong...

2 comments:

Satria Asia said...

Well finally TDM has come out hinting that the culprit is the son inlaw. We shall call him 'Rasputin'.

Herman Harianto said...

This is an excellent letter that appeared in Malaysiakini. I think it gives an good backdrop as to TDM's current offensive:

Bridge, APs, Proton merely smokescreens
Umar Mukhtar MAR
Jul 7, 06 5:51pm



Recent reports of PAS cosying up to Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his criticisms of Pak Lah smack of unprincipled political opportunism. Wasn't it PAS which benefitted from the voters' disgust in 1999 at Mahathir's underhanded treatment of Anwar Ibrahim? And now suddenly Mahathir is PAS' paragon of virtue?

It should be obvious to seasoned observers that Mahathir's biggest concern upon giving up power was the protection of the dark secrets of his administration. Granting of executive immunity is not part of our political tradition, so it was imperative that Mahathir selected a successor whom he was confident would do his bidding in this matter.

Benign Pak Lah was his obvious choice for this reason. After all, by Mahathir's own admission recently, Pak Lah had no other claim to fame in statecraft to merit national leadership.

So it must have been to Mahathir's utter dismay that Pak Lah did nothing when the courts released Anwar Ibrahim. The floodgates were opening; Anwar's civil suit against Mahathir and Sukma's coming retrial are foreboding signs of things to come. Mahathir may have to testify under oath in a court of law that he has no control of.

I feel sure that these are the events that really drove Mahathir to decide that Pak Lah has to go. The professed issues of the crooked bridge, APs and Proton are just trivial smokescreens. After all, Mahathir's own record of due process is more than appalling.

I suppose, just like his treatment of his former prodigy Anwar, Mahathir giveth and Mahathir taketh. But surely, Mahathir could not publicly attack Pak Lah over Anwar's release. That's just not cricket.

But unfortunately for Pak Lah, a frisky son-in-law and his horde of carpetbaggers drunk with newfound power gave Mahathir enough ammunition to discredit Pak Lah's administration.

So is PAS present adventurism nothing more than an amateurish attempt at fanning a rival intra-party discord? Or does it reflect a deeper lack of principle amongst PAS young Turks leadership, desperate to unshackle itself from an inherited narrow moral code it never really believed in?

It seems to me it's the latter. Fighting for the truth is not in vogue for Malaysian politicians, even those of the Taliban persuasion.

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