IF Covid-19 positive cases continue to increase in the Greater Klang Valley, we sure know who to point our fingers at. Opposition politicians who are struggling and still ferociously making attempts at grabbing power from the present Perikatan Nasional government must be held accountable. Don’t forget – those who are indirectly involved in pushing and demanding for Parliament to reconvene, must also be blamed.
If the rakyat’s agenda is what really matters, they would not have done or committed all these. They would not have gone to the extent of mounting demonstration after demonstration in the midst of the surging Covid-19 cases, totally disregarding people’s safety and health.
Clearly, these selfish foolhardy people, whoever they are, are downright irresponsible and impetuous, with no consideration for the well-being of their families, people and this country. The way I see it, the Black Shirt protestors who hit the streets on Saturday (July 31) in hundreds against what they claimed as #kerajaangagal, were mainly youths.
They are like lambs to the slaughter, not knowing that they are being exploited and manipulated by ridiculous, greedy quarters out to overthrow the government of the day, not knowing what they are up to or what they are actually fighting for. While millions of people choose to stay at home for fear of related restrictions or getting infected, emotions seem to have overwhelmed these protestors in their demand for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign over the handling of the pandemic.
On Monday (Aug 2), Dewan Rakyat Opposition lawmakers demonstrated at Parliament, demanding for the Parliament special sitting to reconvene. Long, bitter enemies Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim joined hands in a show of solidarity to put more pressure on Muhyiddin and his Cabinet.
Today, it was Dewan Negara Opposition members’ turn (they must have been forced to gather there by their respective political party bosses) to create unnecessary provocation and antagonism outside the House. These Opposition-aligned senators made claims that herd immunity against Covid-19 has been achieved among parliamentarians and staff. So, on that basis, they demanded Dewan Negara to sit. The senate was to have begun a three-day sitting from today but the government postponed the sitting following the detection of infected cases in Parliament last week.
And Lim Kit Siang, the opposition veteran, is being so irresponsible and fickle-minded in demanding for Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to show proof that those infected cases in Parliament were indeed from the Delta variant.
He took Dr Noor Hisham to task for saying four cases are most likely from the variant, saying it was just to frighten the Members of Parliament. Dr Noor Hisham had recommended that all parliamentary sittings be suspended for two weeks, citing high infectivity rates after an outbreak was detected in Parliament on Thursday. How uncouth and irresponsible these people can be!
Here we are, the majority of us staying indoors, working from home to help the government to achieve herd immunity before the end of this year, with high hopes that we can go back to normalcy by then. This is the sacrifice that we always want to make and will continue to make for the sake of our safety, our loved ones and the country’s prosperity.
However, it seems that their hypocrisy and greed for power knows no limits and will only disrupt whatever plans and measures that have been and are currently being carried out by the government. They have no qualms of neglecting people’s suffering and hardship so long their political motives and goals are met.
Witnessing Dr Mahathir and Anwar, standing side-by-side at the protest yesterday, only indicates hypocrisy at its finest or, maybe, hypocrisy at its best. The best of enemies, they surely will clasp hands together but slap each other on the back in their pursuits for political fortune as both still harbour high hopes for the premiership of this country.
Rakyat must be able to identify bad leaders, for instance, those who are desperate and will do just anything to save themselves, say, from court conviction, misdeeds or wrongdoings. What sets good and bad leaders apart in the fight against the virus in our country? The present health and political crises seem to have brought out the best and worst of our politicians, with folly, fear and fortitude on display everywhere.
The present PN leadership, in its firm focus and ongoing efforts to assist and engage empathetically with the people, has been providing all kinds of aids and assistance, all in all, worth more than RM530bil since those early days the pandemic hit our shores until today.
This is the kind of leaders we have now, whose priorities lie in the well-being of the population and this country. They act in urgency, honesty and iterative fashion, recognizing their mistakes and correcting them, not assigning blame, unlike those of opposing political parties who will never stop at finding faults with the current government.
Rakyat must fully understand the continued harassment, antagonism and provocation these quarters will carry on to create prolonged uncertainties in order to achieve their political goals. We are all fighting the same battle. We are all at risk of getting sick and there is no one more or less worthy of health. This pandemic is already a tragedy. As such, we must not allow intolerance or antagonism to break us apart.
Kampung Istana, Batu Pahat