In reflecting over the last year or so here in Malaysia it is poignant to note how the priorities of politics and life have changed. In 2015 the Pakatan Harapan along with Tun Mahathir war drums was all a thunder with call for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to relinquish his Prime Ministerial position. These calls for the Prime Minister to step down were based on Pakatan Harapan et al fabricated allegations that he (Najib Razak) was involved with wrong doing involving 1MDB.
Pakatan Harapan even tried to get PAS to join in their call for the Prime Minister to step down, but PAS realizing that things were not what they appeared elected to not entangle their political party in what was more and more starting to look like a political coup d’état!
Tun Mahathir along with Pakatan Harapan were on a daily basis providing news bites on how Prime Minister should no longer remain in office under the weight of the evidence against him. The only problem as the Prime Minister was well aware was the that while Tun Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan spoke about mounting evidence, no evidence was presented.
The Prime Minister’s detractors (DAP, PKR, Amanah, Tun Mahathir et al) only wanted to blitz the rakyat with the belief that there was undeniable evidence. They believed that if they said it loud enough and often enough people would believe that there was proof without actually seeing any. These detractors wanted to create a psychological group illusion whereupon individuals claim a common knowledge of because others are claiming the same thing.
Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your political perspective), the majority of the people did not believe the claims which the Opposition used to accuse Prime Minister Najib Razak.
As 2016 started we witnessed Pakatan Harapan along with the new icon ‘Tun Mahathir’ continue along the same line even after the PAC report exonerating Prime Minister Najib Razak of any misappropriations involving 1MDB. That exoneration was not enough for Tun Mahathir or Pakatan Harapan who continuously insisted that the Prime Minister was tainted and should therefore step down from office. As Pakatan Harapan had no other progressive platform to offer the rakyat; they tried unsuccessfully to use 1MDB along with GST in the Sarawak election and the Kuala Kangsar Sungai Besar by-elections.
In each of those elections the people voted against Pakatan Harapan and Tun Mahathir as they offered a negative form of politics in much the same way ISIS presents a negative representation of Islam. The rakyat has shown through their vote a rejection of Pakatan Harapan and Tun Mahathir rhetoric in the same manner all Malaysians reject the negativity that ISIS portrays. Malaysians opt for progress and neither of the two (2) just mentioned have demonstrated to offer that.
Malaysians have become weary over the last two years of what has amounted to a personal attack to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak for personal reasons. Now with (ISIS) trying to further unseat Malaysia’s democracy, the rakyat will stand together to repel this negative influence in the same manner in which they are rejecting those who are doing so in politics.