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New government. New attitude

  • Restoring public order and faith constitutes the single biggest challenge we all have to face post-GE14. Photo courtesy: AFP

Sin Chew Daily

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes alleged that he was under tremendous pressure from the BN government to voice his open support for former PM Najib on the eve of the 14th general elections.

His accusation underscores the fact that the undemocratic way of political oppression was evident during BN's rule.

Prior to the election, Tun Mahathir accused BN of trying to stop local businesses from funding the opposition by going after tax defaulters. Similarly, some closely watched cases were swept under the carpet, including the infamous 1MDB scandal.

All these dirty tricks will come to pass following the establishment of the new Pakatan Harapan government.

As a matter of fact, after the BN government was toppled and PH government installed, many patriotic Malaysians have stood up courageously to dissociate themselves with the antiquated value system and outdated mindset. They have urged the PH government to demonstrate a refreshing new spirit in making the New Malaysia a reality.

For instance, the announcement by newly minted Johor menteri besar Osman Sapian to withhold allocations for opposition-held constituencies has drawn widespread ire from the public, who have slammed him as acting "Umno".

The new MB's colleagues in PH are also unhappy with his style of doing things because they feel that voters should not be punished for supporting BN.

State PH chairman Muhyiddin Yassin has emphasized that PH will treat all Johoreans equally and opposition-held constituencies would not be left out in state allocations.

The Johor MB subsequently rephrased, saying he would now consider providing allocations to opposition reps but no decision had yet to be made.

The defection of three elected Umno reps to PPBM also came under public censure. DAP's MP for Bukit Gelugor Ramkarpal Singh is strongly against the acceptance of BN defectors, arguing this would erode public confidence in PH.

Non-governmental organization ENGAGE, meanwhile, held a flash mob to urge PH to reject political frogs to prevent itself from being reduced to BN 2.0.

Former PM Najib roped in Pakatan Rakyat elected reps in February 2009, culminating in the collapse of the Perak state government. The move triggered widespread outcry among Malaysians, and this very same political commitment must be insisted today.

Thankfully DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang still cherishes his principles even as the corrupt BN regime has now been brought to knees. He issued statements over three consecutive days that it is now time for Malaysians to stay united and reconcile, insisting that this is not the time for revenge. All Malaysians, including those opposing PH, are welcome to join PH's new and challenging journey in a bid to restore the country's compromised independence, efficiency and professionalism of our national institutions.

Indeed, we must not condone unlawful acts and abuse of power. That said, political retaliation will only tear us further apart and sink us deeper into the ravine of hatred, derailing our focus in national re-engineering and reformation.

The "Malaysian Dream" coined by Lim Kit Siang should be the ultimate goal of all Malaysians irrespective of race and religion, and this dream encompasses justice, accountability, democracy, freedom, integrity, unity, harmony, progress and prosperity. Only these positive values will bring a New Malaysia to fruition.

All the wayward acts and laws of human right violation and racism during BN's rule must be stopped at once, including discrimination against individuals with alternative sexual orientation, so that we can move forward as a liberal and progressive nation.

Incoming finance minister Lim Guan Eng has said he does not see himself as a Chinese but a Malaysian. In the meantime, new Melaka CM Adly Zahari attended a religious ceremony organized by Melaka Tzu-Chi Foundation with the hope all past racial and religious disputes would come to a complete end.

In addition, Negeri Sembilan DAP reiterates that it will not seek honorific tiles or government land. This shows that our political leaders have indeed come to the realization that their mission is to serve the rakyat and not reap economic benefits through public office.

The five-member Council of Elders even visited and discussed with Anwar Ibrahim for 90 minutes at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, showing that the new government is willing to listen to the views of the people. It is sincerely hoped that this modus operandi will be sustained in the years to come.

We cannot deny that fixing the country is not an easy job. For example, some in PKR have voiced their displeasure over the new cabinet appointment.

We need to give the new ruling coalition sufficient time to carry out its job, but dissident views must also be respected.

If we are able to put up a confident and dynamic New Malaysia, foreigners' faith in this country will also be restored.

This, without the slightest doubt, will constitute the single biggest challenge we all have to face post-GE14.



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