All it took was about 100-plus MPs without any conscience and shame to bring back all that we had despised and rejected, writes P Ramakrishnan.
At the outset, let’s be very clear. This is not a democratically elected government.
This is not the government of the people, for the people, by the people – it is a stolen government! Make no mistake about that.
It was stolen by unscrupulous politicians to serve their personal purpose, to entrench their power and position. They plotted and resorted to unethical means to topple a duly elected government – and succeeded.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in his opinion, deemed that Muhyiddin Yassin had the necessary numbers supporting him and hence appointed him as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia on Saturday, 29 February 2020. He was sworn in post-haste on Sunday, 1 March 2020.
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However, there are also legitimate serious doubts about the majority support these plotters claimed to have.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asserted he has a clear majority supporting him, and he has substantiated that claim by publishing the names of his supporters. It is crystal clear he indeed has that much-coveted majority to remain in office. He has established his claim to have majority support.
But Muhyiddin, the schemer, did not come out openly with a list of all his supporters. Just claiming he has majority support without providing any evidence to the public does not confirm his claim.
Muhyiddin is morally bound to justify his claim by publishing the names of his supporters to establish this fact. Only then can he hold up his head as a man of ‘honour’. Failing to do so would only confirm that he is the head of a stolen government by misleading the Agong with his questionable figures. The office of prime minister should not be tainted by his silence and inaction.
When the Agong met the political leaders to find out their support for the next prime minister, what figure did Muhyiddin submit on behalf of his party, Bersatu? His party had 36 MPs, of which six were for Mahathir. So, what figure did he submit to the Agong – 36 or 30? It is crucial for him to disclose this figure – but would he dare? We, the Rakyat, demand to know, what figure did he claim to have?
The other honourable option open to him is to call for a special session of Parliament and table a vote of confidence in his government. If he was not lying about his majority claim – if he indeed had majority support from MPs – he should call for the parliamentary session immediately without any hesitation, get the endorsement of the House and silence his critics. Why is he baulking at this? Why the fear if he is certain of his numbers?
But he would not dare because his lie about the numbers would be exposed, and he would be unceremoniously dismissed if a vote of confidence is not carried in his favour. His undignified exit would spell the doom for him and his gang of thieves who seized power.
We can confidently predict that he will not allow the 9 March session of Parliament to proceed. He will postpone the next sitting for a definite purpose – to save his skin. He needs time to consolidate himself. Of course that won’t be done honourably. Having stolen the government, he will have to buy the government now by inducing some of Mahathir’s supporters to jump ship.
It will be a testing time for Mahathir’s supporters. Are they ethical, do they have values, will they safeguard their honour? Or will they desert a supposedly sinking ship like rats? Will they sell their soul for money? We will soon know.
Will they remain true to the Rakyat’s mandate when they were voted in for five years? That mandate cannot be set aside and ignored. The Rakyat had rejected the former Barisan Nasional outright. These MPs cannot bring back the rogues who stole the Rakyat’s money and form a government compromising people who had lost the confidence of the electorate. This would be a terrible betrayal that will not be forgiven or forgotten.
Remember the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis and how the duly elected Pakatan Rakyat state government under Nizar Jamaluddin was toppled by three treacherous turncoats?
The people’s choice of government should not be nullified by traitorous rogues who have no sense of shame or integrity. They shouldn’t nullify the people’s choice and betray their mandate.
In our situation in 2020, if Parliament is not called soon, possibly there may be some instant millionaires! Even God-fearing men can be tempted to put aside their piety and set aside their honour and dignity for the millions that could be theirs for switching alliances. Ironically, irrespective of their contemptuous conduct, in spite of crossing over to the side of tainted characters after yielding to temptation, these traitors will still be addresses as YBs (Yang Berhormat or the honourable)!
(Note: The speaker of Parliament yesterday announced that Muhyiddin wanted the parliamentary sitting to be rescheduled to 18 May.)
What is unacceptable is the fact that it took some millions of voters – who were thoroughly disillusioned and fed up with the evil BN – to throw out the corrupt BN government on 9 May 2018 whereas now it took only 100-plus traitors to take over the government so easily. This is atrocious!
These turncoats cannot act simply and unjustly by turning the tables on the Rakyat. It had taken 61 years to finally get rid of BN’s misrule, abuse of power, dishonouring of the rule of law, destruction of the judiciary, thievery and plundering of the national coffers. And it took just over a hundred MPs without any conscience and shame to bring back all that we had despised and condemned and rejected.
We have become an extremely unethical society.