Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Using democracy to attack democracy 

Salleh Said Keruak 
Sunday’s so-called ‘Save Malaysia’ gathering was anything but about saving Malaysia. And what or who, in the first place, are they trying to save Malaysia from? And how can ousting the Prime Minister unconstitutionally be considered saving Malaysia? To save Malaysia, the Constitution should be protected instead of violated like how they are proposing to oust the Prime Minister. 

They stand there on stage and attack the alleged lack of democracy in Malaysia. But what they failed to mention was that the very fact that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak allows more democracy in Malaysia is the reason they are able to organise such gatherings in which they use to attack the Prime Minister. 

The gathering of many partners who do not share the same aspirations and ideals shows that the ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance is doomed from the start. We have seen Gagasan Rakyat, Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah, Barisan Alternatif, Pakatan Rakyat, and now Pakatan Harapan. And so far all have failed while Pakatan Harapan is struggling to prove its viability. 

And the reason they have all failed is because, as the Malays would say, tidur satu bantal, mimpi lain-lain. All those in the ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance do not share the same ideals, doctrines, aspirations or objectives. They only want one thing -- to oust the government. And that is technically what would happen when you oust the Prime Minister. 

Beyond that they have not agreed on what to do. And they will never agree because each partner in that ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance has its own view as to who should take over as the new Prime Minister if their plan succeeds. And should the ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign include or exclude freeing Anwar Ibrahim from jail? Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says yes but all the others say nothing. 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears to have emerged as the new de facto Opposition Leader and head of the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ or ‘Save Malaysia Campaign’. And all the others appear to have given tacit approval to Mahathir’s leadership role by not nominating any other leader. 

Mahathir knows that the only way to oust Najib would be if Umno wants him to go. Mahathir himself admits that Najib cannot be ousted from the outside. Therefore Mahathir is hoping that this ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign will prove that it has the support of the rakyat and that this, in turn, would get the support of Umno. Instead, Umno is very angry with Mahathir and because of that Umno is united behind Najib. So Mahathir’s move has backfired badly and is working against him. 

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