May 23, 2016
To the Malaysian Opposition: Stop your crap and arrogance
by Scott Ng
The anti-Najib forces have all but lost their war, going by the sounds from Zaid Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad these days. Barisan Nasional is perhaps as powerful as it was during Mahathir’s own time, even if does not have the same finesse.
But what the Najib administration lacks in finesse it makes up with raw power, thanks to the mechanisms put in place by Mahathir to ensure challenge to his rule would never be a serious matter.
The Master Planner who crippled Malaysia
Najib’s heavy-handed approach has civil society constantly worrying that a little push will be all it takes to make a police state a reality. Truly, it is ironical that the man who laid down the seeds of our current political situation, and who handpicked Najib to succeed Abdullah Badawi, must spend the twilight of his years fighting the very culmination of his own policies. Some might want to call it poetic justice.
However, the average Malaysian has perhaps come to a point where he doesn’t care anymore. He has for so long put up with the politicians’ maneuvering, jousting, shenanigans, misdirection and blatant unconcern of the man on the street in their pursuit for power that he is now probably more tired than angry over the whole situation.
And now, as another round of politicking begins, it is not Barisan Nasional that’s embarrassing itself, but the Opposition. The Opposition’s failure to present a united front on Save Malaysia is symptomatic of its failure to be united on any issue of concern to the rakyat.
With presumably less than two years away before they vote in a general election, Malaysians are left with less of a choice than what is available to one of those poor saps in a “Saw” movie. Voter apathy will be at its worst, barring some unforeseen revival of the Opposition or some revelation from one of the international investigations on 1MDB that will be devastating to Najib and BN.
Meanwhile, of course, Najib would like nothing better than for the rakyat to take a good hard look at the children squabbling in the Opposition’s yard.
The Prime Minister can happily concentrate on winding down 1MDB and keeping his nose out of trouble while the Opposition parties seize the headlines with their internal conflicts, which at this point is mostly within PKR.
But DAP is also under fire, especially in Penang, due to the roughshod way Lim Guan Eng has run over environmental concerns and the apparent unwillingness of his government to be as transparent as it promised.
If the Opposition is indeed serious about making a challenge in the next GE, it needs to get its act together now. There is precious little time to criss cross the country to win hearts and minds.
With Mahathir declaring that his goal is to see UMNO’s defeat in GE14, the opposition parties now have a powerful ally indeed. Instead of squabbling over whether they should be involved with a 90-year-man, they should take advantage of his experience and his intimate knowledge of BN