I am not referring to the state of the economy.
I speak of the state of leadership and in whose hands may fall the fate of this nation.
NST online reports my friend, Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming, as saying that ‘Pakatan Harapan is confident of winning the Kuala Kangsar by-election provided that it fields former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its candidate’.
“He knows Barisan Nasional’s tactics and if he wins, we will let him sit facing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament,”, Nga is reported to have said.
Dr M the leader of the Opposition if he contests and wins in KK?
No one in the opposition who can contest there and win?
Are Nga, DAP and Pakatan Harapan testing the waters to gauge public reaction to this possibility?
If so, here’s mine.
In early September, 2008, a delegation, myself included, met Anwar at the PKR headquarters. A certain individual, who now resides in Manchester, was in detention under the ISA. There was then much talk of Anwar wresting the government on 16th September through crossovers from BN. We wanted to hear directly from him on the likelihood of this happening as, if it did come to pass, it would mean liberty for the individual was at hand.
The month before, in August, Anwar had gone on record as saying that he had forgiven Dr M for all the wrongs the latter had done to him.
Someone in the delegation remarked to Anwar that he hoped that in the negotiations for crossovers from BN, no deal was being negotiated to allow Dr M or anyone else to get off for the wholesale looting that had taken place during his tenure.
Anwar pointed to me and said, “He wont let me”.
Let me make it plain.
Before Najib turned rogue, Dr M was.
If Najib’s handling of 1MDB has been criminal, Dr M’s role in so very many financial scandals in his time were no less.
If Najib’s sacking of Gani was to save his own neck, Dr M’s removal of Salleh Abas was to save his political career.
If truly, the opposition are now bereft of honest men and women of credibility to serve us in Parliament, then go on and field Dr M in Kuala Kangsar.
At least then we will know.