Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) observes that racial politics is rearing its ugly head again. In a spate of a few days, opposition politicians from Umno and Pas spewed racial sentiments to give the impression that they were heroes championing the cause of the Malays.
Lokman Adam of Umno accused Dr Mahathir Mohamad of “ruling the government according to the wishes of 42 DAP MPs who have the most seats”.
Nasrudin Hassan of Pas accused the PH government of allowing “the control of the three positions of the legal system and judiciary by figures that cause restlessness among Muslims”. It is clear that the Pas leader was insinuating against the appointments of the chief justice, the de facto law minister and the attorney general.
Malaysians expect our politicians to speak intelligently, sensibly, and with common sense logic. The arguments put forward by Lokman and Nasrudin were so void of logic and sensibility to even the less educated. Even worse for Nasrudin, he tried to give the impression of restless Muslims in general and championed their cause. Both Lokman and Nasrudin are middle echelon leaders in their respective parties. Their rapid-fire loose cannon shots, though blanks, reflect badly on their parties and their top party leaders who do not rein in their lieutenants.
Command and leadership was the main vocation among Patriots. From our experience, we can easily tell two types of people make bad leaders. First are those empty vessels that speak without much sense. Second are those who lack capability and knowledge but are good at currying favour. For both types, they often talk ill of others, sow hatred, and sabotage others as evil means to gain advantage.
Using race and religion to sow societal discord and hatred has been proven to be a failed strategy in the last general election. If leaders of Umno and Pas still fail to realise this, they truly deserve to be labelled as morons.
Our country is now faced with many challenges ahead – to pay a gargantuan national debt of RM1 trillion, a rising interest rate, a looming world recession, a fast-rising unemployment rate and a dilemma as to whether to continue with the lopsided contracts in the infrastructure projects.
Patriot implores all Malaysians to rally around our prime minister and his cabinet, stay united, prepare to work hard, and together we face the challenges ahead.
BG (Rtd) Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of Patriot.