Salleh Said Keruak
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has finally admitted that the only way to change the government is in a general election. Of course, Mahathir will not admit that he is trying to change the government. He claims he is just trying to remove Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to save Umno, Barisan Nasional and Malaysia.
It is strange that someone would want to save the party that he claims he still loves by trying to destroy it. It is like saying that you want to save humanity by destroying the world.
Anyway, there is no longer any doubt that Mahathir wants to form a new party plus launch a new opposition coalition so that he can defeat Umno and Barisan Nasional in the general election. And I personally welcome that move because at least it now makes Mahathir’s stand very clear and prove that he is not trying to save Umno but to defeat Umno.
Sometimes competition is good when it make you aware that unless you buck up and work harder you face the risk of defeat. Countries like Japan and Germany excelled because they had to struggle to survive whereas Empires such as Britain faded away due to rot and complacency. So maybe Mahathir is doing Umno and Barisan Nasional a favour by offering us some competition because competition is always good to see success.