WHY NOT MAHATHIR FOR INTERIM PM, ANWAR FOR PM DESIGNATE? AZIZAH-MUHYIDDIN OR MUHYIDDIN-AZMIN COMBOS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, SAYS ZAID
Recently, Pakatan Harapan announced a plan to name its Cabinet line-up early in 2017, with DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang adding some urgency to the matter by saying that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was Pakatan’s choice for Prime Minister.
On another front, I heard on the grapevine that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was lobbying hard to be Prime Minister with Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as his deputy.
It’s the ambition of some leaders that has resulted in strange political alliances, such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia dying to be in bed with PAS, or Tian Chua making the equally bizarre offer of giving up his Batu parliamentary seat to PAS—I heard that Tian Chua plans to campaign in Kelantan next week with Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah (the PAS firebrand and “brain” behind Act 355).
Malaysians are pissed off with some of these politicians, and so am I. I want to remind politicians that their purpose is not to save or promote their careers. All of us want to be Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister but if you care about this country, and you want to save the country for your grandchildren, it’s not just about changing Prime Ministers—it’s about making fundamental changes that only brave and principled people are capable of doing.
Malaysia must rid itself not just of corruption and kleptocracy but also the Malay-Sunni hegemony in the name of Islam.
Malaysia can be restored as a living democracy only by those with the extraordinary courage to say “no” to Act 355. Malaysia can only be saved those who are prepared to say that our country is a democracy first and last, and that there is no way Islamic criminal law can ever replace our Penal Code.
So, if you want to test the suitability of the candidates you want to lead our country, ask them the following simple questions:
Are they able to lead the Opposition to victory?
Will they oppose Hudud and Act 355?
Will they support and affirm the decision of the Supreme Court in Che Awang Che Soh (1985) that Malaysia is a secular democracy?
Will they repeal all discriminatory laws in the country and make hate speech a crime?
If the person of your choice can give a clear and unequivocal answer to these questions, then we can start looking at other reforms that a new Government can deal with. Good governance is easy when first principles are settled.
I know of a person who is probably our last hope, and Anwar Ibrahim knows him too. Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not worried about any Opposition memorandum of understanding or manifesto but Najib is fearful of this man.
I can’t say if this man is interested or willing to take the job, but I urge all Opposition leaders to take a step back and have a meeting with Anwar Ibrahim again.
We do not have much time, but choosing a suitable Prime Minister-designate will make the difference between winning and losing GE14.