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Roti in MILO: The Politics of Malaysia

  • Any attempts to dilute the strength of Pakatan Harapan by 2023 will lead to its collapse by then, if not already.

By Dr. Rais Hussin

M is for Malaysia. One columnist affirmed let M, the documentary, not be a "Mistake". When 83 per cent of Malaysians turned up to vote on May 9 2018, the popular will of the people was M and A.

In corporate language, M and A would be "Mergers and Acquisition”, sometimes with the goal to strip the acquired corporate entity bare, to increase the value of the stock and share holder. Everyone gets a dividend, and the CEO gets a pay bump and bonus too.

But this form of M and A is terrible to the plight of the workers; especially when practised on Malaysia. Pakatan Harapan believed in M and A —- —- precisely because the kleptocracy of then Prime Minister Najib Razak was indeed triggering a rot in the country. Malaysia, for the lack of better word, was becoming worse than Zimbabwe led by the late President Mugabe.

M should not be the politics and dietary habit of Milo: the practice of many Malaysians, every morning without fail, of dipping their roti into the warm but sweet cup of drink.

Not only will the roti become soggy, but the sugary intake that goes into the drink, will destroy the health of the consumer over the medium and long term.

Pakatan Harapan was not stirred and shaken into a coalition of various parties to be a MILO. M = Malaysia = My country = My home = My birthplace = My very peace of mind, period.

M, rightly or wrongly, has become the "murmurs" of the people. If this state of affair is allowed to persist, M would make Malaysia a calcified cup of MILO which is useless too.

When Pakatan Harapan was formed, prior to the 14th general election, it specialized in "listening to the people".

When asked by legions of journalist, as far back as 2016, as to why Tun Dr Mahathir, was returning to politics, his answer was cryptic: "Many showed up at my home or office in Perdana Leadership Foundation, and spoke of the errors and corrosive effects of corruption."

I must admit I was one of them who met Tun Dr Mahathir at his home, way before even the Deklarasi Rakyat. After explaining descriptively what is plaguing the nation then, especially the kleptocracy and the impact to the people and the nation, I suggested four things : 1. Establish a new Malay based political party to take on UMNO. 2. The new Malay base party must have 5 core principles : Reforms, Justice, Moderation, Inclusiveness and Progressive. 3. Form an unimaginable new coalition with KeAdilan, DAP, Amanah and whoever wants to fight kleptocracy and save the nation. 4. The requirement of great amount of magnanimity from all leaders in the opposition to forget the past and chart the future together. Credit to Tun Mahathir, he listened attentively, as always and I was called subsequently to the first technical committee for the Deklarasi Rakyat. The rest is history.

M and A, some would like to say, can lead to Azmin Ali, the Minister of Economic Affairs becoming the next Prime Minister. But then if this is the case, it would have destroyed the transition promised to the people. Malaysians did not wake up in large droves to support Azmin Ali then. Not forgetting Azmin Ali preferred Pakatan Rakyat to the the birth of Pakatan Harapan, against the nomination of Tun Mahathir as the Chairman of PH and eventually as the PH Prime Minister candidate. Things have changed these days. One must also not forget how Dr Wan Azizah stood by the PH promise and commitment to ensure Tun Mahathir is made the Prime Minister, although the then King offered her the PM position post GE14 election results due to KeAdilan securing the highest number of Parliamentary seat, even beyond DAP, Amanah and Bersatu.

Pakatan Harapan should operate like what the old RTM drama called "Empat Sekawan". It was a drama based on a group of Chinese speaking in various dialects way back in 1970s. Yet the drama struck a chord among Malaysians as the "four friends".

One of the leading actresses, Madam Lai Meng, is still alive. Surely she would urge all Malaysians to unite. M is neither for mistake not the politics of MILO.

When a drink is too sweet, and the sugary content is delivered into our body without fail, it enters into our blood stream as glucose. But too much of anything is bad. The politics of MILO —- of trying to brew Pakatan Harapan, into something which it is not —- should cease and desist. M and A is based on written transition. Not one but two.

Any attempts to dilute the strength of Pakatan Harapan by 2023 will lead to its collapse by then, if not already. M is not for money, to those with special vested interest, one should remember too. M is for a triumphant Malaysia from now and beyond. M, interestingly, could also be for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin; the one who kept urging all sides to remain calm, and patience, to allow the promised transition to each forward. M is for promised, front-ward motion; not back tracking. Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin, as always, been the unifying factor of PH with his wisdom, without much pomp and grandeur, always refocusing the coalition to work to deliver what all Malaysian wants.

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