I weep for my beloved nation because…
We are at a precarious crossroads today, four days past the general election.
Despite hoping to cross the political rapids by succumbing to a prematurely demanded election, we are nowhere out of the woods today.
I weep for my nation because of the following concerns.
We had over 21 million eligible voters but only 15 million exercised their duty of care to the nation.
Of the 15 million who voted, we ended up with an impasse with no clear-cut two-thirds majority emerging to help set the nation going.
Not even a simple majority could blossom.
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Even the hope for the political party with the most votes, ie Pakatan Harapan, to forge ahead with support from the other parties – Perikatan Nasional, Pas, Barisan Nasional and the others – has clearly crashed.
The animosity and disdain towards the DAP and Anwar Ibrahim is just impossible to comprehend.
When Pakatan Harapan was betrayed by its own comrades who had become ministers in 2018 on a Pakatan Harapan ticket, the DAP, Amanah and PKR stayed steadfast to the rule of law.
They did not walk out on the incoming (or backdoor) prime minister nor go to the streets to demand justice.
When Mahiaddin Yasin failed to deliver, BN got Ismail Sabri Yaakob to lead the nation.
Even then, PH did not pull the carpet from under the feet of the PM and his entourage.
Instead, they even willingly entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ismail Sabri’s government for the sake of the nation’s wellbeing.
But with Umno’s insistence, a premature general election was called.
In this election, I wept most as I witnessed the racial and religious divisiveness cutting through the length and breath of the country, as politicians capitalised on it just to gain votes.
Only PH kept stubbornly harping on progress, economic recovery and social wellbeing for all the people, regardless of race and religion and stature.
Now, in this impasse, we see all the losing parties noncommittal in falling behind the one party with the most parliamentary seats to help get a government going speedily.
The nation is being held at ransom by political party leaders.
Why are party agendas, party egos and the quest for supremacy becoming more important than the economic and social wellbeing of 32 million people?
If the political leaders of the various parties truly believe in putting the nation ahead of political and vested interests, the Agong need not have to call not only Mahiaddin Yasin but now BN and Gabungan Parti Sarawak MPs to meet him.
The fact that Mahiaddin clearly stated he would not work with Anwar Ibrahim or the DAP despite the Agong calling for a unity government inflicts a deeper wound on my beloved nation.
I weep for my beloved country. Helpless like countless good citizens, I turn to God for solace. Indeed, the station we have arrived at today is not accidental. It is the result of known and unknown mistakes these past decades.