Good afternoon everyone.
This blog started in wordpress on the 31st of March 2008. It came about due to the frustrations we all have about the leadership of the country then.
The constant instances of inefficiencies and flashes of stupidity were often being shoved to our faces almost on daily basis. And that has been synonymous with the style of leadership even months before 2008 general election.
After that election, we had made it upon ourselves to see that this country will not further crumble upon the weight of impertinent behavior of the political and governmental leaders. The sense of despair was truly felt among many Malaysians. Since 31st October 2003, the government had immersed itself in auto pilot management. It fantastically failed.
As of yesterday 3rd April 2009, there was one hope. One hope that Malaysia will finally be able to steer itself into prosperity. The new Prime Minister must be more hands on in managing the country. For far too long, his predecessor had resorted himself in empowering unauthorized people to make decisions for him. Sometimes unofficial advisers gained too much prominence in the country’s governance.
We do not wish to be condescending or patronizing to the new Prime Minister but we are confident that Datuk Najib Tun Razak knows what needs to be done. To put it bluntly, the measure of his leadership will be the result of the next general election. In order not be the shortest reigned prime minister of Malaysia, he needs to do the right things. On top of his priorities is the economic prosperity of the nation.
This certainly does not mean only the economic prosperity of selected Umno members and their families. should be taken care of. Instead, he must ensure that the whole national economic pie must be further be enlarged and be shared proportionately among all Malaysians.
He must act in the interest of all races. He is after all, the supra-communal arbiter of the nation.
Next, he must ensure that the political leaders in the component parties under his helm are performing to the best of their abilities. Furthermore, he must ensure that all Umno members do not go astray from the party’s agenda. Basically, he needs to get the word COMPETENT be synonymous with his new cabinet.
Having competent people in the incoming new cabinet will complete the ‘prologue of a new beginning’.
During last night’s maiden address, he has made several good initiatives. We could see how the opposition is running helter-skelter when Umno had a new President at its helm. As soon as the new Prime Minister took his oath and announced his reforms, the opposition is left with no further concrete issues to fight for.
This is what the opposition are scared of. Fighting against a renewed faith will be difficult to manage. We can actually see how BN and Umno become more formidable in addressing the opposition’s onslaught. What more with the inclusion of Tun Dr Mahathir into Umno’s folds once more.
Tun Mahathir’s contribution to this change of power must neither be underestimated nor at the same time, be exaggerated. After May 2008, his views became more intense towards Umno’s leadership. What made it more potent was many of the people agreed with what he had to say. We must understand that his only intention in bringing down his successor was solely to see Malaysia reclaim its glory and sovereignty long established for the past 5 decades.
Everyone knows that Tun Mahathir intended to retire from all political and governmental posts after he steps down on 31st October 2003. Should Malaysia did not stray from its policies, Tun Mahathir would have retired quietly in the background.
But that did not happen. Several blunders by his successor caused him to speak up for the sake of the oblivious Malaysians.
After he left, several people in the form of past enemies stated that it was of no lost to Umno. They could have not been more wrong. Only when he was outside Umno that people began to see his significance and undiminished popularity.
What happened afterwards should be etched in history as a moment where a statesman, devoid of any official political power became a crucial kingmaker behind the throne. What power he has in order to sway the masses and opinions, he achieved that through his sheer personality and charisma.
About 7 months ago, a faithful reader by the pseudonym ‘Lekiu’ wrote this comment:
UMNO badly need for Tun Mahathir to once again step into the halls of PWTC, NOT to lead but to become the “unifying factor”. Just like Lee Kuan Yew who became the Mentor for PAP MPs, Tun Mahathir MUST be coaxed into coming back into UMNO and guide the new leadership.
Lekiu is not clairvoyant. But he appreciates the role Tun Mahathir have in our political context. His influence does permeate in our day to day lives unbeknownst to most of us.
I wholly agree with Datuk Ariff’s assertion that Datuk Najib must factor in Tun Dr Mahathir in his new leadership. I also agree that factoring in the grand old man does not necessarily mean getting him physically involved in every corner within the new leadership. He wrote:
The factoring in of TDM may mean being respectable of TDM and his 22 years of accomplishment. It may mean honoring his ideas and most relevantly by adopting a decisive leadership. It will not mean however an absolute and flattering acquiescence and obeisance to what TDM wants.
The opposition, in their mad dash to condemn anything and everything Umno and BN will take advantage of Tun Mahathir’s effort to help BN as a return to ‘Mahathirism’. That could only be a good thing as most people will definitely welcome a period of progress, stability and decisive leadership as opposed to a period of stagnancy, decadence and social upheaval we unfortunately went through for the past 5 years.
Alas, just like what Datuk Ariff stated above, I believe Tun Mahathir will cherish the peace of mind he now have the moment Datuk Najib took over. Now, he can retire peacefully without much interference needed. As long as the new cabinet remains capable in charting our future direction, there is no need for the grand old man to dabble once again in our leadership affairs.
When asked whether what kind of posts should he hold now in the government or in Umno, he briskly answered, “Tak payah”.
Perhaps, this blog too can have a long good rest after achieving one of its objectives.