Dark cloud must be dispelled

  • Letters
  • Friday, 07 Sep 2018

WE hesitated to comment on the performance of the current government since the May 9 general election as we believed this new coalition with few seasoned politicians deserved some space to do what they should do. However, when we see the same sort of nonsense that got the previous government rejected being repeated, we feel no reason to withhold counsel.

The current Finance Minister has been acquitted of all charges, as the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC) had decided to withdraw the case. Malaysians, from the Prime Minister to the people on the street, were “shocked” with this decision.

We do not understand the rationale behind the decision of the AGC to deny the current Finance Minister the opportunity and possibility of definitively clearing his name. Now, this issue shall remain a dark cloud over his tenure.

Malaysians deserve a Finance Minister with an undeniably clean past, considering the trauma that the previous one had brought upon this country. In the same vein, the current Finance Minister deserves the opportunity to undergo the full mechanism of the law to remove all doubts over his suitability for the position.

What is the difference between the previous AG’s decision not to proceed with the previous Finance Minister’s financial scandal, with this decision? Why is the AGC, past and present, so reluctant to allow ministers to establish their innocence through the full course of the law?

Apparently, despite the decision being made by his Chamber, the AG himself was not involved and was only made aware of it at the last minute. Now, certain factions from the legal fraternity have called for his resignation.

Considering that the current AG’s appointment was controversial to begin with, perhaps it would be wise for him to be more aware of what is happening within his Chamber. Let’s hope this “shocking” move (to withdraw the case) is based on a simple-minded person’s attempt to spare (what he thinks is) unnecessary hassle, and not a calculated strategy to discredit the current AG. Whatever it is, we advise the AG to be cautious.

Let us remind the current leaders and those heading important national institutions that this present government was elected not because of a proven impressive track record but because we decided not to tolerate nonsense anymore. Malaysians are steadfast in defending our nation from enemies within and without. And since our victory last May, we are less forgiving.

We acknowledge that some Malaysians do not share our view on this matter and applaud this decision. This is part of democracy. Vive la difference!

However, just be aware that such easing of standards, coddling of politicians and unconditional support are cancerous to any democracy. It is where the rot starts. Remember, the previous government started off well, delivering us independence. Over the years, Malaysians have unwisely treated them with too much reverence, making them think they can do whatever they want. We must never make this mistake again.

The next time we feel like putting politicians on a pedestal, realise this: This current government is headed by the very same person who convinced us to accept the sixth Prime Minister way back in 2009. If we had ignored him then, we could have spared Malaysia a lot of pain. Therefore, let’s hold our current leaders to higher standards and keep them on their toes. Yang Berhormats, isn’t that the Malaysia we want?

In order to equip Malaysians with the ability to monitor our leaders, our education system really needs a revamp. The quality of education, in both sciences and humanities, needs to be enhanced. It is quite unacceptable that 61 years after the British left, we still do not have a unified education system. That is just incompetence. The Education Minister must step up to the plate and deliver a solution to our divergent school system.

Throughout the years, Malaysians have endured a lot of nonsense from those sitting in Parliament, pretending to represent us. We have remained patient and dignified in dealing with you. Nonetheless, we have also tasted victory. We may appear to be calm and docile but rest assured, we will act and vote accordingly. We decide.


Petaling Jaya

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