An answer to Salleh Said Keruak’s question - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Malaysiakini : “If they will play fair I will play fair, but if they won't then I
reserve all my rights to do anything I find myself able to do.” ― William Howard Taft
COMMENT | Actually, this is not “an” answer. Hopefully, this is “the” answer. Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak asked,
“How does Pakatan (Harapan) explain and justify this, other than saying
the only important thing is to oust the prime minister and it does not
matter how it is done?"
The most important point I want to make is this - you and anyone from BN do not get to ask this question. 1. You do not get to ask this question because the system is rigged in your favour. 2. You do not get to ask this question because our public institutions are compromised. 3. You do not get to ask this question because our state security apparatus is beholden to a political party. 4. You do not get to ask this question because your propagandists are the mainstream press. 5. You do not get to ask this question because of your gerrymandering of the electoral boundaries. 6. You do not get to ask this question because the opposition has to
fight with one hand tied behind its back when it comes to race and
religion. 7. You do not get to ask this question because as veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (photo) acknowledged – (a) “(Bagaimanapun)
jangan memandang rendah kepada kerajaan kerana mereka ada kuasa, ada
televisyen, radio, duit dan media. Mereka juga ada alat-alat risikan dan
sebagainya. Media dia lebih tahu pada kita. Dia tahu kita belum tahu
lagi. Sama ada dengan kekuasaan itu, parti yang berkuasa akan kalah saya
And (b) “Dalam isu wang, pilihanrayaperlukan (wang). Suka atautidaksuka, itutidakmenjadimasalahcurahduit banyak macam mana. Semua orang nakmenangpilihanraya. Tidak adanakbertandinghendakkalah.”
This last part is even more insidious because you use our money to rub our faces in your “ketuanan” politics. You use our money to fund your rigged game. You use our money to destroy the chance of legitimately having regime change.
For all these reasons, you do not get to ask this question. When you have a flunky making police reports
that the former prime minister wants to overthrow the government, any
rational person would understand this is why the current government has
to go. Many people would like to overthrow the government and I will
wager that if we take away those reasons as to why you cannot ask this
question, the Umno regime would have ended a couple of years ago.
Always remember that when it comes to justice and fair play in this
country, one is only corrupt when they leave Umno. Most Malaysians
understand this. Sometimes, I think the best definition of what it means
to be “Malaysian” is understanding that the game is rigged but going
along with it.