ASK­ING QUES­TIONS

New Straits Times - - Letters -

in. Was there no voter fraud in those states?

ref­er­ence to the “Ka­jang Move”, what was a le­git­i­mate rea­son for re­mov­ing then Se­lan­gor men­teri be­sar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim?

TUN Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad with Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia have en­tered the op­po­si­tion bloc with the in­ten­tion of “Sav­ing Malaysia”. He rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers de­spise about Umno, i.e. “Any­thing but Umno”. Please ex­plain how this works.

WE were asked to vote out Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak by vot­ing for Pakatan. It was a given in 2008 and 2013 that Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim would take over as prime min­is­ter if Pakatan won.

We were bought into the idea of vot­ing for Pakatan to “Save Malaysia” only be­cause it ab­solves us of any re­spon­si­bil­ity to change. Let us as­sume Pakatan wins the elec­tion. Do we, the very next day, stop plac­ing job ads in the newspaper stat­ing “Man­darin speak­ers pre­ferred”? Or do we stop of­fer­ing the po­lice­man a bribe to es­cape a ticket? No, be­cause we com­plain about a cor­rupt, racist sys­tem that we hap­pily con­trib­ute to when it ben­e­fits us.

In hop­ing that Pakatan would be a magic bul­let to fix all that is wrong in Malaysia, we are even will­ing to be­lieve that Dr Ma­hathir, who is re­spon­si­ble for most of what is wrong in the coun­try to­day, only has our best in­ter­ests at heart. He sin­gle­hand­edly re­moved the checks and bal­ances in a healthy democ­racy like a free and in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary and press, which would have cur­tailed the ram­pant cor­rup­tion that is go­ing on to­day.

This irony was aptly pointed out by Suaram ad­viser Kua Kia Soong on Aug 12, 2015, when he wrote, “We used to have to be saved from Dr Ma­hathir. Now we are told we need to ally with Dr Ma­hathir to ‘save Malaysia’.”

In con­clu­sion, I loaned Pakatan my vote for the last four years. Now the four years are up, I ask my­self, have you earned my vote for an­other five years?

As it stands, the an­swer is a re­sound­ing no!

A.J.N

Dort­mund, Ger­many

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