By Abdul Karim Rozilan
When Pakatan Harapan swept into power during the last general election, I for one did not expect the country to be transformed overnight. Decades of endemic corruption and mismanagement cannot be undone in a matter of months, or even years. Rome, as they said, was not built in a single day.
To be fair, the Federal PH government has taken baby steps towards the New Malaysia espoused in the coalition’s election manifesto. For example, in a recently released findings, Malaysia has gone up 10 places in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Practice Index (CPI) in 2019 compared with 2018.
But what has been very frustrating is not the commitment of the PH government in pushing for reforms, but rather the obsession by certain quarters in the coalition to continue politicking, almost two years after the May 2018 poll ended.
At the heart of the power-play is the issue of political succession ie the handover of the Prime Minister’s post from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
As we know before the general election, this is a done deal, and agreed by the four-party coalition. Dr Mahathir will hand over the reins to Anwar. Period.
But it is deeply frustrating when certain quarters are bent on sabotaging this pre-election pact and want Dr Mahathir to serve out the full term, deepening political uncertainty and driving away potential investors the country so badly need.
At a time when there is so much to be done considering our dismal economic performance last year, some of our elected representatives and even Cabinet members seem more keen on some statutory declaration to keep Dr Mahathir in power. Seriously, is this really necessary at this time?
So, why all this fuss about the statutory declaration, which to most voters is another blatant waste of time and effort. Forming a backdoor government is a gross betrayal of electoral trust and an affront to democracy.
Voters want to see results, not endless politicking that benefit no one except the political schemers and plotters. Why can’t those concerned just keep to their word and get down to helping the electorate like they are supposed to?
Do not take voters for a ride or betray their trust. Retribution at the ballot box can be swift and unforgiving.
Perhaps Dr Mahathir can help to end to all this nonsense and announce a date for the transition. This will certainly ensure more political certainty.