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 Let’s not get ‘drunk’ on Malaysia Baru

July 16 2018

By Haresh Deol

And suddenly the government can do no wrong.

The deep hatred and resentment against the previous administration have produced sympathisers for the new government. Constructive criticisms against newly-minted ministers are brushed aside as attacks by macais.

But prior the historic May 9, this was not the case. Any attempt to discredit the government – including slander and half-truths – would be seen as a heroic deed.

There are those who remain jaded over Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Co. The former prime minister and his fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians failed the people and have inked their names in the history books as the team that caused the coalition party to lose power after 61 years. 

Even a key member of the previous administration admitted BN was “delusional, got drunk on Kool-Aid and got carried away”.

BN is now just Umno, MCA and MIC. And it seems that the effects of the Kool-Aid have yet to wear off as the parties have not shown any signs of being a strong opposition despite it being over two months since the 14th general election. 

While many are now publicly supporting the Pakatan Harapan government, and with BN still in the wilderness, who is providing the check and balance?

Malaysians have to quickly wake up from this euphoria called ‘Malaysia Baru’ and start being the Malaysians they once were – by asking questions and demanding answers.

Malaysia is made up of Malaysians, not just a minute number of politicians. So Malaysia Baru would be apt if Malaysians started changing the way they act and think – by being polite and respectful to one another, being thoughtful while on the road, being mindful when in public … simple things that will make us better citizens.

Instead, we still see those who are unable to respect differing views. “I know it all” conversations dominate WhatsApp groups and social media. Thoughts are being formed based on sensational headlines instead of understanding the subject of articles. The views presented are so extreme as if we have transformed into an extremist society. 

Why?

Have we forgotten how to communicate respectfully? Have we not realised that we need each other now more than ever to make changes? 

Let’s not get ‘drunk’ over Malaysia Baru. We have a new government and it is still work in progress. Credit should be given where it is due. Criticisms should be made when necessary. 

There will always be differing views but Malaysians must do what’s best for them. And right now, it is about standing together to form a strong “opposition” party to keep the ruling government on its toes.

Even if BN continues to be disillusioned over the next five years, fret not as the best voice remains the voice of a united rakyat.

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