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Amidst political jostling, people’s rights hang in the balance

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We can only hope that the nation comes out of this quagmire more blessed, writes JD Lovrenciear.

In the wake of its political turmoil that has struck Malaysia, the burning question is, who brought this agony upon our beloved nation?

Was this ‘masterstroke’ the work of Dr Mahathir Mohamad or was it the work of Azmin Ali and company?

Or was it a desperate coup attempt by all those politicians caught in the dragnet of court cases and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigations?

Or was it one “prime minister-in-waiting” who was responsible?

Analysts will offer various interpretations. But, the truth is, our beloved nation has been compromised and its people betrayed.

After 62 years the people finally saw a beacon of hope in their ‘hope coalition’, Pakatan Harapan.

Today, as we see the remains of an elected government – of the people, for the people and by the people – that hope has faded.

We are in a dangerous, precarious juncture in our nation’s history. In these circumstances, we must remain mindful that this kind of betrayal cannot go unpunished.

As we cling on dearly to our constitutional monarchy, we, the people who had no hand in this debacle, must take upon ourselves the sacrosanct responsibility of saving our nation.

Meanwhile, all eyes are now on one single person – the “interim prime minister“, who has no ministers at this point. Mahathir will and must say his piece.

The people, for their part, must put nation above politicians. We must put the future of our nation above our respective party interests. Are we ready to do our part?

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Right now, the rights of the rakyat hang in the balance when faced with the power of politicians as the nation reaches a crossroads.

As His Majesty sets about to meet all 222 MPs, Malaysians know too well too he is aware of the Rakyat’s rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

The current political scenario can be best described as a nightmare that sees the rights of the Rakyat colliding with the power of politicians.

As politicians try to show us how many supporters they have or how powerful their respective political parties are, the people remain cautious. We are concerned about not only our rights as citizens but also the interests of future generations.

If the people’s rights are protected, the nation will chart a progressive journey. We pray for the best outcome for Malaysia, keeping hope alive in our hearts. It is that very same hope that gave birth to the Pakatan Harapan-led government.

The Agong will no doubt be aware that this turmoil has brought our beloved nation to a near standstill.  While some quarters worry about lost economic opportunities, we need to be mindful that restoring the rights of the Rakyat supersedes all other considerations including the power and interests of politicians.

We can only hope that the nation comes out of this quagmire more blessed. 

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