It is amazing how the Prime Minister of Malaysia can unite thousands of people in order to free themselves from his leadership. It seems these people, some said close to 150,000 in the course of two days, had chosen to brave the hot sun and the rain just to show their displeasure towards him.
And this is all because of the problems which had arisen from the issues pertaining the RM2,600 million found in his personal bank accounts, the failures of 1MDB, the lethargic economy and his increasingly dictatorial leadership pathetically masked under the ‘moderate movement’ pretenses.
It is fortunate that no violent episode which frequently marred the previous three demonstrations had occurred. This is probably due to the absence of the chief provocateur who is currently languishing in jail. Nevertheless, a peaceful gathering of thousands should not be looked upon as inconsequential by the ruling coalition.
In fact, we can safely assume that the coalition has definitely lost the urban votes. And how about the grassroot support? Undeniably, they had lost about half the rural votes in the previous by-election which was held in a malay-majority constituency last May. Things are not doing well indeed. Especially since personal issues that dogged the prime minister have become more and more untenable.
The prime minister have cocooned himself within a wall of false comfort; choosing not to face the media since early July. Q & A sessions are no longer tolerated. The last he had was probably in that tiny mosque on the 5th of July 2015 telling the reporters that he might sue a foreign news agency for publishing lies about him receiving billions into his bank accounts. Since then, he had chosen to speak only on rostrums, to a captive audience, who are unable to ask questions, but to simply listen.
To the audience, he preached, he harangued, and he desperately want people to believe his plea of innocence and his self entitled proclamation that only he can lead Malaysia.
There were no more answering tough questions from the media regarding his personal issues. That task have been given to his many henchmen, who know next to nothing themselves.
If the prime minister is bent to keep on hiding behind the machinations that is frequently used to conceal his accountability to be answerable to the rakyat; where he is unable to bravely stand and tested under the rigorous laws that could be applicable to him, then surely there are no more moral grounds to stay in power.
It is sad that he has to drag the whole coalition just to defend his personal errors; deflecting the call for his resignation as an attack to the government. His own party is besieged with problems and support is quickly dwindling away due to the disappearing of integrity and the respect towards it.
It is even sadder that after 69 years in existence, his own party have lost the huge goodwill it had painfully obtained from the rakyat all through the decades just because he is too stubborn to see the problem.
The problem is him, yet he thinks he can provide solution to overcome this. He and his advisers think that through silencing his critics, sacking innocent people, crippling the institutions and appointing only loyal, unquestioning stooges, the problems will go away and support from the masses will miraculously re-appear.
Perhaps this is the burden the people will have to bear for the next 3 years. Unless of course, the people who can actually make a change will re-discover their principles and fortitude to actually do something about it.
Yes, get well soon Malaysia. Selamat Hari Merdeka.
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