The False Dawn: In Malaysia Baru, we see Perak Lama – a State of Confusion and Despair.

An Ipohite, Multatuli, says:  The euphoria of May 9 has turned to despair.

Promises made have not been kept and some will never be kept. Many were made with the thought that they (Pakatan Harapan) will not have to front up because they didn’t expect to win. The prime minister admitted as much. Dishonest? Yes of course but we are talking about politicians.

There are potential positives; I say ‘potential’ because I am wary; whether they eventually deliver what we voted for is still uncertain – for instance the structural reforms (AG office);  fair and open electoral boundaries; local government elections to name three.

Will Altantuya’s father see justice for his murdered daughter? Will Najib Abdul Razak be made to pay for 1MBD and other alleged crimes. Zahid Hamidi has 45 charges against him. Will he serve jail? And the many other ikan bilis caught in this web of corruption and theft. Will they ever face justice. Or will the trial drag on till the Old Man dies in which case I am not sure if his successor will not do a deal. Already many are worried by the noises he is making.

I was one of those who spoke in Anwar Ibrahim’s favour – thinking that his years in jail has changed him. And like many; believed that he was wrongly incarcerated (which I still do). But his recent speeches and his actions worry me and I must confess I may have got it wrong about Anwar. The man is a well known chameleon.

I get recurring nightmares of the time he was minister of education and of his callous disregard for other cultures when he was peddling the National Culture which excluded all cultures except for those based on Malay and Islamic cultures (and native cultures).

But it’s early days; Anwar might have had an epiphany after all – time will tell. Fingers crossed.

So it has been a false dawn. If we are honest with ourselves; we have been duped – again. The Malaysia Baru is the same as the Malaysia Lama – only more honest (so far); I will grant you that.

What about national unity?

But leaving aside the promises in PH’s manifesto.

What about the bringing together of the races? The national unity –  Bangsa Malaysia. We are still Bumi and Non-Bumi; instead of Malaysian. And if anything the racial fault lines seem to have widened with the recent show of kris by Malay “warriors” whipped up the ex-Deputy PM and others; using the ICERD as an excuse. So much so that the once strong man Dr Mahathir Mohamad has to backpedal on recognition of the UN initiative. The Mahathir of old would have thrown them in jail without blinking. What happened to the Operasi Lalang spirit when it is needed and justified?

Hooligans dictate policy

We cannot allow hooligans and extremists to dictate policy.

A quick sharp shock is what is needed. Why has the police not done it’s duty to arrest those who stir up racial tension? They did that without hesitation in the past even when the protestors were peaceful and there were no cries of May 13 and show of kris.

This selective enforcement of the law will come back to bite them and us.

So now do we only sign conventions or enforce policies  allowed by the rabble? We know for certain that PAS has orchestrated the demonstrations with UMNO. What is the part played by the religious establishment in all this I wonder?

A single nationality

If I may paraphrase Usman Awang:

“The once single nationality we dream of

  After GE14

  Seems so distant from reality

  My hopes turn to despair

  And my anger to sorrow

  When they divide us by race and religion

 The distance grows wider

 One is bumiputra the other is not”

A State of Confusion 

And if I may have a word about my beloved state . . .

DAP the flag bearer of Malaysian Malaysia is a disappointment in more ways than one. Despite being the largest party in the Perak State Assembly they (and PKR and Amanah) has allowed PPBM with one adun (later three when two frogs hopped over from UMNO) to be the Mentri Besar.

Now this man has come up short. He shows a lack of vision and common sense. He has made nonsense suggestions – that we build a new airport when the State is almost broke. Or not to gazette Belum so that logging can be done. There is openly voiced question marks by the public about his academic degree which he claims to have. No wonder.

This of course can be verified and should be verified from the university he claims to have graduated from. I can only guess why people question his education level – the kind of decisions he makes.

For Perakians it’s a double whammy. We like other Malaysians are unlikely to see Malaysia Baru; but we are certainly seeing a Perak Lama – a State of Confusion and Despair.

Is my state so void of talent that we have to accept a clown?

(The views expressed are those of the contributor)


By Multatuli


Rebuilding Malaysia


  • Hang Tuah says:

    Kak Mariam, maybe we can tutup kedai Malaysia selepas trial itu kleptocrat and advise foreign visitors that Malaysia sekarang is undergoing renovations and signs will be posted for foreign visitors once the renovations have been completed. Quite a few places including the two East Coast states will have to involve a deep cleansing of all the retarded towel heads indoctrination from the simple kampung folks. Well, the leftover deposits of Lynas in Pahanag will have to swept up and conveyed to Australia. The choice of medium of instruction in school can also be decided by a toss of a coin, preferably with a double headed coins so that we can have a win win situation. As for your state of Perak, all the disused mining ponds can be turned into aquaculture farming including and not excluding prawns, barramundi (nothing to do with bathing), and mud crabs. We can also get school children and some adults to don orang utan suits and probosci monkeys as if they are endangered we have ready make standbys. We can also exhumed the graves of the five warriors to determine once and for all their real ethnicity. Please on this point do not worry whether they are eunuchs or not as without the right appendages have not handicapped their abilities to fight the Temenggong Ibrahim and his band of cohorts. Better still, established whether we can revived them from the death not in the Dracula fashion as we really need their help in combatting corruption. Seriously, the way MACC bring these thieves and baron robbers to be questioned and charged we might actually have only the newly wedded Russian queen aka former Miss Moscow as the only untainted individual in the whole of Malaysia. On the point of honorary titles, we should get rid of race, religion and ethnicity from our birth certificates and KP but substitute instead a choice of Datuk, Tan Sri, Tun on our KP.

  • chng kooi seng says:

    60 yrs of rot cannot be rid off in a few years. The education policies cannot be changed overnight. That goes for all sectors. This country has been producing dunggus and sex maniacs ever since 1957. No change is possible from within. The malays are too steeped in their ketuanan ideas. Only way out is when Malaysia is close to collapse, and another power steps in to put it straight again. Shocking and sad, but a possibility.

  • Yong Soo Len says:

    Things have not improved one iota. If anything, it has gotten worst! MBI used to collect garbage from our Cul De Sac road 3 times a week. Of late, it’s been reduced to only once a week. And even then, they will collect 2 bags instead of all 3 inside the garbage tin. Wrote to MBI few times but no improvements at all. ?

  • wong mun wai says:

    what can you expect, the vp of Bersatu, called for contracts for his divisional leaders are greeted with a standing ovation? Hare brains in Bersatu?
    Dunno patronage of awarding contracts to doners and political supporters has almost bankcrupt the Country. It all started with TDM wanting to deal with people he knows. By not sanctioning his VP, TDM wish to continue the practice? Malaysia baru?

  • Fed Up says:

    Not only a clown but a stupid one that hangs out and follows everything that the so called “special assistant” (the arrogant UMNO fellow) that tells him what to do and who he can see. In reality, he just follows the instructions given much like what BN used to do. No difference – are we really in M’sia Baru???

    When the MB got caught, blame everything on his predecessor i.e. MB Corp for all the lavish spending (Lol, Perak has no $$ & we are in austerity drive). But the idiot didn’t realise a simple audit will reveal when those big ticket items were bought (his current official car is brand new).

    Even worst, DAP who champions checks and balances KEEP QUIET so that they can be in power. It’s time these pampered politicians start to do their jobs – gaji buta are not acceptable by Perak Baru. Buck up or be ready to be shipped out in GE15.

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