By P Ramakrishnan.
You promised hope by boldly proclaiming, “I am a prime minister for all Malaysians.”
But you broke your promise and reneged on that pledge. You assured us on 2-3-2020 that you are for all Malaysians.
But on 17-3-2020, 15 days later, you didn’t keep that promise. You went back on your words – your solemn words?
In seeking a remedial approach to combat the COVID-19, you called for a meeting of all Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers. But you left out the Opposition-controlled state MBs and CMs. In shamelessly discriminating against the five states under Pakatan Harapan, you ceased to be a prime minister for all Malaysians!
Your position comes across as, “If you are not with me, you are against me.” That is not right for a national leader!
You are so blatantly blind to the fact that there are also Perikatan Nasional supporters in these five states which contain 40 per cent of our national population, but you also punished them indiscriminately.
You claimed to be “Malay first” but you are punishing the Malays as well in these five states. Are you confused or plain stupid?
You boasted, “I am a brother to the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians, the Sikhs, the Ibans, the Kadazans, the Dusun, the Murut and those of various ethnicities.”
But your conduct was hardly brotherly!
You assured us, “I am your prime minister. Even if you are a farmer, a fisherman, a trader, a civil servant or a private sector employer, I am your prime minister.”
But are you also the prime minister to those who voted Opposition?
You sounded sincere when you mentioned, “I give you my heart and soul.”
If you were giving your heart and soul, how could you be so heartless and insincere in discriminating against Malaysians who chose to differ politically?
You said, “I am a prime minister for all Malaysians, from Perlis to Sabah.”
But how come you ceased to be a prime minister of Sabah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Penang when you refused to have anything to do with them by not inviting their duly elected leaders for a joint meeting with the rest of the states to fight a common enemy, the COVID-19?
In your opinion, is it okay if the people in these five states are inflicted with COVID-19 and suffer from this scourge? How can that be, my dear Prime Minister?
FIRST PUBLISHED IN ALIRAN ON 19 MARCH 2020
(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)