Regarding Najib’s two scenarios if Harapan wins - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Malaysiakini : “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” - Horace Walpole
COMMENT | Normally when Umno
posits a Pakatan Harapan win, it is veiled threats of ethnic discord and
financial ruin. However, when the current Umno president and Malaysian
prime minister claims that the two horrors
that await us if Harapan wins are betrayal and nepotism, well, that
should bring a big sigh of relief for the Harapan faithful and
Malaysians who vote.
Since nobody has defined what a Harapan “win” actually constitutes, I
will paint it in broad strokes in the spirit of all the propaganda
floating around during this election season. In reality, these two
scenarios of a fantasy win actually are not all doom and gloom, which is
pretty bizarre for the apocalyptic prophecies propagated by the
establishment and the opposition if either side wins.
Betrayal and nepotism? Really? That’s it? No blood on the streets? No
Malay institutions crumbling under the assault of treacherous Malay
proxies of the evil DAP? No chaos, or in the words of Dr Peter Venkman
(from the original ‘Ghostbusters’), “…dogs and cats living together...
mass hysteria!”. What Malaysians can look forward to if Harapan manages
to take Putrajaya is political betrayal and nepotism? That is it?
Also, I never realised there was a “most critical level” of nepotism.
What other kinds of levels are there? Safe? Moderate? Low? If Harapan
enters the “most critical level” of nepotism, what are the other levels
which Umno or opposition supporters for that matter, find acceptable
before reaching the “most critical level”?
C’mon, nepotism is rife is Southeast Asian politics. It is rife in
Umno and it is practiced in the opposition. Does anyone from either base
care when this happens? Nope. Indeed, in most Southeast Asian
democracies, nepotism is a given, which is why I suppose the Umno big
cheese can defines nepotism as entering the "most critical level"
without even giving a thought about how dumb this sounds.