The op­po­si­tion’s claim that Malaysia is a failed state is out­ra­geous

New Straits Times - - Opinion - The writer is an NST jour­nal­ist

LIKE any other young voter, I’ve al­ways dreamed of hav­ing my own house, filled with the laugh­ter of my chil­dren. And when the time comes for me to close my eyes for­ever, I hope to do it with a smile. But not be­fore hav­ing my last nasi lemak, hope­fully.

What I want to see in this coun­try now is hope, benev­o­lence and se­cu­rity, in­stead of char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tions and po­lit­i­cal dra­mas every sin­gle day.

Ask any­one, and they will say “it is tir­ing” while rolling their eyes, and prob­a­bly wish­ing they will not have to en­dure an­other tirade on “klep­toc­racy”.

Here in this blessed coun­try, the op­po­si­tion is claim­ing that Malaysia is a “failed state”.

Maybe I’m too young to un­der­stand ev­ery­thing, but I get to have three meals (some­times more) a day and a com­fort­able place to sleep.

I don’t make much com­pared to my lawyer and en­gi­neer friends, but I do have a car and man­age to set aside some sav­ings.

I do un­der­stand some of the is­sues raised by the op­po­si­tion. I am feel­ing the mar­ket-place pinch too.

For ex­am­ple, I have yet to be fi­nan­cially sta­ble to buy my own house, and I’m al­ready 29.

Then again, ex­cept in the cu­ri­ous case of PKR’s Datuk Adam Rosly, I have rarely heard sto­ries of how any­one un­der the age of 30 gets to en­joy all the lux­u­ries life has to of­fer.

My par­ents did not get ev­ery­thing they de­sired in life un­til in their late 40s. By that time, they al­ready had six chil­dren to feed, and we were do­ing ab­so­lutely fine — I could still show off some of my new toys and video games to friends in school.

My par­ents were okay back then, and we are do­ing fine to­day just like many other fam­i­lies. So, I don’t re­ally see how Malaysia is a failed coun­try.

But for the sake of ar­gu­ment, let us dis­cuss what the op­po­si­tion is telling us.

They say our govern­ment is “cor­rupt” and so are all the top of­fi­cials.

They say peo­ple are “get­ting poorer” and “suf­fer­ing” in this coun­try.

They say they want “jus­tice”. They say they want for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim to be freed from prison.

If all govern­ment of­fi­cials are cor­rupt, the op­po­si­tion needs to sub­stan­ti­ate that claim.

Pro­vide crisp and clear ev­i­dence, as what is be­ing done by Barisan Na­sional strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Datuk Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan against the nu­mer­ous claims made by DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng.

Hon­estly, many of us are get­ting worn out from hear­ing com­plaints and base­less ac­cu­sa­tions, in­stead of proof and solutions to any prob­lem at hand.

On the sweep­ing al­le­ga­tions that the peo­ple are “suf­fer­ing” every sin­gle day, come on.

Of course, there are still those who are cat­e­gorised un­der B40, but that does not mean these peo­ple should only be used as a po­lit­i­cal sub­ject.

If you re­ally care about those who are suf­fer­ing, then help them. Do not, ever, use them merely as a tool to score cheap po­lit­i­cal points.

Some op­po­si­tion lead­ers say the govern­ment must do ev­ery­thing for us.

I thought we were al­ready pro­vided with much; we get to live in a peace­ful coun­try, and have the right to build our rep­u­ta­tion and amass wealth.

But what do we have to do, to make what­ever the fa­cil­i­ties ac­corded to us, work? Not sure? Do you know that we can al­ways use our head and limbs?

All this talk about the govern­ment not giv­ing a hoot about the peo­ple, is sim­ply out of whack. Crit­i­cisms should be con­struc­tive, in­stead of be­ing hope­lessly inane.

The op­po­si­tion has even pro­vided us with a sideshow.

A friend had jok­ingly said re­cently that maybe, I should vote in the elec­tion based on the pret­ti­est logo.

Then, a few days ago, I saw a joke — the Pakatan Hara­pan’s logo de­signs.

There was one with a “thumbs up” sign the brand­ing of a cer­tain ground­nut snack pack­ag­ing, and some­thing else that looked like some­one just plas­tered the word “Hara­pan” below five ver­ti­cally tilted lines... or “sun rays”?

The op­po­si­tion’s sup­pos­edly min­i­mal­ist design seems, at ca­sual glance, to be at the low-end of cre­ativ­ity.

I am not sure what DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang and gang are try­ing to sym­bol­ise with such lo­gos.

The op­po­si­tion of­ten says it wants “jus­tice”. But what does it mean by that? Many op­po­si­tion lead­ers come across as ar­ro­gant and some oth­ers have dif­fi­culty in be­ing po­lite.

And yet they want to talk about jus­tice?

With all the mess and sham within the op­po­si­tion pact, do its lead­ers even mea­sure up as a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to BN?

Re­mem­ber Mario Puzo’s Don Michael Cor­leone in the movie God­fa­ther? He has this line when con­fronting his in-law Carlo Rizzi: “Only don’t tell me you’re in­no­cent. Be­cause it in­sults my in­tel­li­gence and makes me very an­gry.”

If the op­po­si­tion re­ally cares about those who are suf­fer­ing, then it should help them.

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