Monday, May 14, 2018

Post GE14 : Come On Bolehlanders, No One Is A God Or Magical

Bolehlanders are a strange lot.

When they like someone, they treat him like a god.

When they dislike someone, they call him all kinds of names.

So, during the early reformasi era, they worshipped Anwar. And called Maha a dictator and all sort of names and avoided him like the plague.

Now, after Pakatan Harapan (PH) has toppled dumno & co they treat Maha like he is magical.

Well, that's a lot of bull.

No one is ever a god or magical.

The outcome of GE14 in favour of PH was not owing to the magic of one man. It was a combination of factors.

The 20 years struggle of Anwar's reformasi movement, Lim Kit Siang's daring move to capture Penang, Perak and recently Johore, Dumno's bastion.

The mind boggling high level corruptions of the past regime.

And the most potent and immediate cause being the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back - the suffocating yoke of the goods and services tax.

Maha was just the rallying point - though a significant one, that.

Now everyone is kissing up to Maha as if he is a demigod reborn, not to be questioned, ever.

Ergo the stones thrown at Rafizi for daring to state in the open that the appointments by Maha of the three top crucial ministerial positions were done without consulting Keadilan.

Bolehlanders may be eager to see things done on the double. Still, haste is never intrinsically a virtue.

Especially not when PH is not a one-man party, but a coalition of equal partners.

Bolehland should not want that one man makes all the decisions without consulting the partners and not speak up, preferring to remain silent. Because to just accept one man's unilateral decisions without speaking up is where the road to an authoritarian, if not a dictatorial, rule begins with all that that implies.

We have tread that path before and see what happened with the Ah Jib regime.

At the very least, Maha should have had the courtesy to call Anwar beforehand about his choice of whom he would appoint to what ministry, not condescending to visit Anwar afterwards.

Now, the same people who had praised Anwar are fast to suggest that he should not be eager to want to take over from Maha.

I say let's have a restraining hand early on before we go down on a familiar road that in the end frustrates the very change to a more inclusive and consultative form of government Bolehlanders have voted for.

Saying that it is the prerogative of the Pm to appoint whom he pleases without the need for consulting coalition partners is what dumno & co did best to everyone's ultimate pain and suffering.

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