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“Idealism is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” says Yin.

Yin says: It is a cheap attempt at  ‘moral blackmail’ to imply that unless “conscientious dissenters” vote in GE 14 (against UMNO/BN), Najib Abdul Razak’s continuation in office is down to them. 
Balderdash! If Pakatan Harapan (PH) does not win GE14 the fault lies squarely on its shoulders and nobody else’s. If PH has calculated that it can do without the “dissenters” votes by imposing Dr Mahathir Mohamad on us so be it. If PH thinks it has more to gain by designating Mahathir as PM should it win, it’s the party’s call and they have every right to do it. 
Similarly voters have every right not to buy what PH has to offer as PM. Indeed it is the voters’ right not to vote at all if they disagree with what both parties offer. No blame should be put on the ‘dissenters”. We owe the political parties nothing!
Over the past months various people have written that it is our “duty” to kick Najib out. I totally agree that it is time for change. 
So what does PH do? They offer more of the same but in a different packaging. They say vote for us because our crook is less crooked than their crook. Our racist is less racist than their racist. Why offer us a crook and racist, why not someone clean (or cleaner?). Why not a PM who will treat all Malaysians equally and not favour one race over the others? Someone who will work to heal the racial rift which has divided the country instead of someone who perpetuates it.
Idealism is the first thing we must save when the house is on fire – not your designer clothes or Rolex watch or your Benz. Those are luxuries but IDEALISM  – principles, beliefs, convictions, call it what you want, IS NOT A LUXURY. It is your soul, it is what you are. 
PH should give us a reason for voting it, not badger us into voting them even when they offer tainted goods.
Instead of being bogged down with blaming the “dissenters” let’s get on with talking about PH’s agenda which at this late date it has still not spelt out. Where is it’s manifesto? 
On another issue: I note with great concern PH’s threat to run in Sungai Siput against Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) Michael Jeyakumar. Is this wise? The MP is doing a great job, he is honest and he is well liked. Why kacau him? if PH does that then PSM should run in all areas where PH is only holding a slender lead. This will surely deliver those marginals to UMNO-BN if that happens all I can say is serve PH right.


By Yin, 

Letters from Ward 5, Tanjong Rambutan

(The views expressed are those of the contributor)

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