The intentions of veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang are praiseworthy but
one must sit in the prime minister’s seat to remove the blocks and
clogs in the administrative departments of the government before
straightening matters and delivering the promises. This could take six
months to a full year.
The civil service
may already be teeming with pro-Malay and pro-PAS elements who must
first be identified and removed. It is going to be challenging for
ministers to overcome these impediments.
Surely Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim understands the resistance
encircling him from known and unknown forces, particularly his bitter
enemies, and he has to plough through them to deliver his promises.
I am sure he will deliver them with the undivided and full support of
his ministers and brethren MPs. All of them must understand one thing,
this is the last chance that this government will get to walk safely
through the "Red Sea" before it falls under the weapons of the
"pharaoh's" army. This is the only chance destiny has generously given
must start now while the team can focus on the economy. Get rid of the
Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 without delay. It
is a double edge sword and it cuts both ways. Institutional reforms to
remove policies that are detrimental to nation-building starting with
education, and health care.
Remove cronyism and nepotism and
monopolistic policies such as approved permits. Create a level playing
field for all Malaysians. Inculcate and innovate talents to spearhead
changes for growth, harmony, and prosperity. Listen to the advice from
royalty to get rid of religious bigots from the political arena and
maintain the harmony of our multi-racial society to make Malaysia a
well-respected country. Religion should not be used as a political tool
to waylaid others.
Do not let others dictate what is right or wrong. Care for the poor
and needy. A good education must be available to all. Tackle inflation
holistically. Be the prime minister that the masses desire and not just
satisfy the few.
MS: Anwar has one shot at
greatness. After 24 years of waiting during which time, he would have
imagined all that he would do if he only had the chance, whether it is
now or never. Whether he seizes the moment instead of piddling about
with the trivial depends to an extent on whom he listens to and what his
But as Lim rightly points out, time is not on
his side, the plot to remove Anwar grows by the day and the patience of
those who rooted for him will wear thin in no time.
Lim’s advice is quite applicable. Imagine if Pakatan Harapan worked
fast to enact the anti-hopping law by 2019, then the Sheraton move would
not have happened. Ensuring the judiciary’s independence, the Malaysian
Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) being answerable
to Parliament, measures to ensure the Election Commission is unbiased,
and so on will only strengthen the check and balances ensuring the
Taking a page out of Indonesian President
Joko Widodo's books, perhaps work on legislation to ensure religion and
racial tolerance so that extremist parties will not be able to benefit
by selling their bigoted views to younger generations. Also, ensure all
education and religious institutions teach about harmony rather than
infuse people's minds with imaginary "enemies".
All these will lay
down the foundation of a stronger nation while weakening parties with
far-right views. Anwar is in power and should use his power to build the
nation that he envisioned by first ensuring the foundations are laid
and done quickly.
AnotherKomentar: Anwar and
Harapan have limited political capital and goodwill as the new
government pursues its painful reform agenda. There will be political
costs that will affect the popularity of the Harapan government and the
acceptance of Anwar as the prime minister, especially as Harapan has to
contest for the middle ground Malay and to portray itself as not a
stooge of DAP (coded word for Chinese).
These costs versus
benefits effects were what the previous Harapan failed to appreciate
which led to the Sheraton move. One suspects that Anwar will use his
experience, guile, and charms to navigate the political minefield of the
BluePanther4725: Anwar has to clear up all the mess
that BN and Perikatan Nasional (PN) made for over 60 years. He will need
much time, so he should focus on the most critical matters first like
the economy and law and order.
It will be disastrous to let PN in
again to create more mess and the people must stand up firmly against PN
and any attempts of Sheraton Move 2.0. As for former prime minister Dr
Mahathir Mohamad, he will gladly see Malaysia burn as long as he can
benefit from it.