By P. Ramakrishnan
On the outset, let’s be very clear. This is not a democratically elected government. This is not the government of the people, for the people, by the people – it is a stolen government! Make no mistake about that.
It was stolen by unscrupulous politicians to serve their personal purpose, to entrench their power and position. They plotted and resorted to unethical means to topple a duly elected government – and succeeded!
The Agung, in his opinion, deemed that Muhyiddin had the necessary numbers supporting him and hence appointed him as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia on Saturday, 29 February 2020. He was sworn in post-haste on Sunday, 1 March 2020.
However, there are also legitimate serious doubts about the majority support as claimed by these plotters. Dr Mahathir has exerted that he has the clear majority supporting him and he had substantiated that claim by publishing the names of his supporters. It is crystal clear that he indeed has that much coveted majority to remain in office. He had established his claim to have the majority support.
But Muhyiddin, the schemer, did not come out openly with a list of all his supporters. Just claiming that he has the majority support without providing any evidence does not confirm his claim. Muhyiddin is morally bound to justify his claim by publishing the names of his supporters to establish this fact. Only then he can hold up his head as a man of ‘honour’. Failing to do so, it would only confirm that he is the head of a stolen government by misleading the Agung with his questionable figures. The office of Prime Minister should not be tainted by his silence and inaction.
When the Agung met the political leaders to find out their support for the next Prime Minister, what figure did Muhyiddin submit on behalf of his party, Bersatu? His party had 36 MPs out of which 6 were for Mahathir. So, what figure did he submit to the Agung – 36 or 30? It is crucial for him to disclose this figure – but would he dare? We, the Rakyat, demand to know what figure did he claim to have had?
The other honourable option open to him is to call for a special session of Parliament and table a vote of confidence on his government. If he was not lying about his majority claim – if he indeed had the majority support from MPs – he should call for the parliamentary session immediately without any hesitation, get the endorsement of the House and silence his critics. Why is he baulking to do so? Why the fear if you are certain of your numbers?
But he would not dare because his lie about the numbers would be exposed and he would be unceremoniously dismissed if a vote of confidence is not carried in his favour. His undignified exit would spell the doom for him and his gang of thieves that seized power illegally.
We can confidently predict that he would not allow the March 9 session of Parliament to proceed. He would postpone the next sitting for a definite purpose – to save his skin. He needs time to consolidate himself. Of course that won’t be done honourably.
Having stolen the government, he will have to buy the government now by inducing some of Mahathir’s supporters to jump ship. It will be a testing time for Mahathir’s supporters. Are they ethical, do they have values, will they save-guard their honour or will they desert a supposedly sinking ship like rats? Will they sell their soul for money? We will soon know!
Will they remain true to the Rakyat’s mandate when they were voted in for five years? That mandate cannot be set aside and ignored. The Rakyat had rejected the former BN outright. These MPs cannot bring back the rogues who stole the Rakyat’s money and form a government compromising people who had lost the confidence of the electorate. This would be a terrible betrayal that will not be forgiven or forgotten.
Remember the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis and how the duly elected Pakatan Rakyat state government under Nizar Jamaluddin was toppled by three treacherous turn coats? The Sultan of Perak refused Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin’s fair request to dissolve the state assembly and call for fresh elections. That would have been the right thing to do or alternatively call for the sitting of the State Assembly to decide who had the numbers.
Instead, after meeting the Barisan Nasional Assemblymen together with the three traitors, the Sultan decided that the Barisan Nasional had the majority. That’s how the duly elected Pakatan Rakyat Perak State Government was toppled. The Barisan Nasional successfully bought the government!
The people’s choice of government should not be nullified by traitorous rogues who have no sense of shame or integrity.They shouldn’t nullify the people’s choice and betray their mandate.
In our situation in 2020, if parliament is not called soon, possibly there may be some instant millionaires! Even God-fearing men can be tempted to put aside their piety and set aside their honour and dignity for the millions that could be theirs for switching alliance! Ironically, irrespective of their contemptuous conduct, in spite of crossing over to the side of tainted characters after yielding to temptation, these traitors will still be addresses as YBs!
(Note: It is announced by the Speaker of the House today, 4-3-2020, that Muhyiddin wanted the parliamentary sitting to be on May 18.)
What is unacceptable is the fact that it took some millions of voters – who were thoroughly disillusioned and fed up with the evil BN – to throw out the corrupt BN government on 9-5-2018 whereas now it took only 100 plus traitors to take over the government so easily. This is atrocious!
We have come down to an extremely unethical society.
These turn coats, cannot act simply and unjustly by turning the table on the Rakyat. It had taken 61 years to finally get rid of the BN’s misrule, abuse of power, dishonouring the rule of law, destruction of the judiciary, thieving and plundering of the national coffers. And it took about 112 MPs without any conscience and shame to bring back all that we had despised and condemned and rejected.
P Ramakrishnan wrote this article 0n 3 March 2020, and it was first published in Aliran. The link is here.)
(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)
P Ramakrishnan is the long-serving former president of Aliran who served three and a half decades on its executive committee, and has been with Aliran since its inception in 1977. Now an ordinary Aliran member, he continues to highlight issues of public interest to a larger audience.