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Sakmongkol ak 47

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Malaysia: The Way Forward

I am not exactly a big fan of Muhyiddin, as I don't believe he has the constitution to be a good PM. I was dismayed at his failure to deal with the pollution in Johore. That was why I said Johore was run by dullards and Muhyiddin was the Ketua Perhubungan. 

To compensate for that deficiency, he -- as the current PM -- has surrounded himself with some good people (save for a few muddied buffaloes).

For these reasons, I am willing to allow Muhyiddin and his cabinet to prove their mettle. Who knows, there may be a few gems in the cabinet. Dr Abdul Latif, Noraini Ahmad, Shamsul Nasarah, Ismail Said, and Ismail Sabri seemed promising.

Having said that, I am not looking down on Dr M. I still believe he is a master chess player. He has not taken out another piece of king from his pocket. But he seems to have lost his mojo. He cannot form a musical-chair cabinet if he comes around again. 

Meanwhile let us give Muhyiddin space.

Out of deference to Dr M, I have called him the 'Man who can walk on water' and the 'Don Corleone of Malaysian  politics'. History will judge him favourably.

By the end of 2020, Muhyiddin will have to accommodate with the idea of a more meaningful unity government, other than being  confined to Saravanan and Wee Kah Siong. They are hardly representative of their communities. Whether he likes or not, he has to accommodate the non-Malays, especially DAP.

I predict at the next elections, Amanah will be greatly reduced  while PKR will suffer the same fate. Bersatu should contest in all seats held by Amana and PKR. In the mean time, Muhyiddin should make efforts to co-opt individual umno members into PPBM.

PAS should be able to sit down with DAP. Doesn't the Qur'an say that races are created many so that they could befriend one another? The idea is to isolate UMNO -- if the raison d'être of PAS is to defend Islam, it is better for them to be part of the government. The cooperation with UMNO is not profitable!

Automatic voter registration would ensure Malays would remain numerically superior so that UMNO can never play the race card. And at the end of 2020, the government can carry out its delineation exercise to say, create 350 parliament seats instead of 222. Most of these seats are Malay dominated anyway, ensuring Malay political  dominance. Malays have nothing to be fearful of.

Ban all forms of hate crime -- UMNO won't be able to talk about racism. So will PAS, DAP and all other parties. Ban the affixture of Islam to the name of political parties. PAS has no monopoly over Islam. 

The government must be serious in wanting a unified country.

The ECR project must be carried out. A railway line must link the interior of the nations -- linking Gua Musang, Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Raub, Bentong and KL. Forget about the 2nd causeway to Singapore. Build a bridge from Dumai to Malacca.

Indonesia is our sleeping giant. If it gets its act together, it can surpass Malaysia in terms of economic growth. So let us establish physical links with Indonesia. Singapore should be less of a priority to us. Sooner or later we will catch up to them in terms of human capital. So what will Singapore offer us?

While doing these we must not forget about our fundamental issue: the pervasive corruption perpetrated by Najib and his apparatchiks. By the middle of next year, do a cabinet reshuffle and get rid of the remaining crooks of UMNO.  

That is, if Muhyiddin survives.


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