Tok Pa And The Giant Peach Lie

Together again

Don’t wish Mustapa Mohamed well in Pribumi.

At this point, I don’t think I can wish anyone who had been in government before 2008 well.

The system stinks and anyone who was in government through those years should put their head down in shame, which includes most of Pribumi today.

The hypocrisy.

I’m not upset that Tok Pa left Umno, my lack of empathy for that racist cesspool is common knowledge, but rather incensed by his rationale. Not only him, the whole queue of those who left Umno since May 9.

In summary, according to them, they had to serve the people, and which means they had to abandon ship and join the present overlords.

Rozman had to, Anifah had to, Noor Azmi had too. Poor bastards, how their life had come to this, that they had to crawl back to power and point a large middle finger to life in the opposition, because apparently, one can’t serve the people when not in power.

[Roll call of traitors: Labuah MP Rozman Isli, Jeli MP Mustapa Mohamed, Kimanis MP Anifah Aman, Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Bukit Gantang MP Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal, and Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi Ghazali.]

Heads I win, Tails you lose

All of them supported a system where when they were in power, it was fine to starve the opponents of a fair right to represent their electorate. It was OK as long as BN won.

So while Tok Pa loves Jeli, and would hate for the good people of Jeli to suffer for him being an opposition member, what about the people of Jelutong, Bukit Bintang, Petaling Jaya Utara, Bandar Melaka or Seremban, who come hell or high voter voted in the majority for parties which did not form power for sixty years?

Should, Tok Pa not care for them? After all he lives in KL not Kelantan.

How could he and the rest in good conscience pretend to be men of character and love, when they were propping a system which they admit to today, makes it impossible for MPs serve their people if they were in opposition?

Or, it’s realpolitik, eh?

Toss a coin, pick a leader to follow.

Well, I work in democratic outreach and I can see your point in that, how it self-serves you, I definitely can, but after that consideration for your selfishness, how about the lives you’ve hurt? The old Umno system, championed by this prime minister Mahathir Mahathir still, which is about bleeding opponents out has not destroyed lives, which would be difficult to prove, but it has certainly ensured millions of Malaysians who never got the help they deserved from cradle to grave.

And that they are not apologetic for constructing a monstrosity of a system, baffles me.

The question may be, if I am right, how did the voters of Jelutong, Bukit Bintang, Petaling Jaya Utara, Bandar Melaka or Seremban make it through despite being in the outside?

First their opposition MPs worked very hard, and had tireless staff members. It’s thankless. Second, the people of those constituencies learnt to live with less government support over the years. They’d seek government assistance when all else fails, and even then they count on themselves and their communities more. They became very, very resilient. Fourth, several government policies still benefit them because as cities, the development plans are necessary. It is important for the cities to prosper for the economy to thrive. But they’d circumvent the MPs. Penang Island Municipal Board, the Umno/Gerakan/MCA divisions and other pals get to “execute” and opposition MPs blamed.

Winter Games

And here we are at the end of 2018, having witnessed Umno wither through most of the year.

Perhaps it is time to make politics a fair game, finally.

Every MP has to have a decent chance to deliver. More local democracy, not less is required.
Jeli, Labuan or Bukit Gantang do not have to worry that their MPs cannot do their job unless they sell out and join the winners.

What kind of lesson are we teaching the kids, in this present climate?

Winning is everything, and change your tune to please winners? Rights are paramount only if you kiss up to the right leaders? Representation is critical as long as it represents your interests? Politics is about screwing up the guy out of power? That if a government MP says something it must be true? At least all of us must pretend it is true until the deceit runs deep in our veins that we won’t know it’s a lie anymore? Somehow, even in our dreams we can’t spell integrity?

So yes, it sucks.

I expect Tok Pa to be minister in record time, because Papua knows Pribumi needs experienced ministers. The deficit of Kelantan ministers would only aid his cause.

I expect there will be more short memories and scant regards to principle as this government seeks to be a Leviathan.

Personally, yes, there is a Schadenfreude to see Umno unravel so badly and have senior leaders stuck between bowing down to Mahathir or Anwar Ibrahim, but the larger fear, is how we’ve become expedient on steroids.

This government can make politics fair, finally. But will it?

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