The political wheeling and dealing these past six months has eroded the nation’s ability to marshal its collaborative strength, JD Lovrenciear writes.
Whichever camp you belong to, suspicions linger that the Malaysian political debacle is hurting the people’s livelihoods like never before.
Businesses are suffering, not just because of the coronavirus pandemic. The political wheeling and dealing these past six months has eroded the nation’s ability to marshal its collaborative strength to patch the economic blows that the pandemic has inflicted.
As we witness the political manoeuvring and subterfuge in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, we would be foolish to believe that we will get back on track – economically, socially and politically – in the months ahead.
The failure of the Barisan Nasional-led government after six decades of the people giving it a blank cheque has not taught Umno, the MCA, the MIC and their East Malaysian counterparts much today, as they ally themselves with the BN’s former arch-rival, Pas.
Likewise, despite the people handing a ticket on a silver platter to Pakatan Harapan to govern a ‘new’ Malaysia, the second-time prime minister lost the rudder completely – wilfully or unknowingly.
Lest we also forget, the advent of Perikatan Nasional through a backdoor coup, after which they gave an assurance that they would save Malaysia, has not resonated deep in the hearts of the people.
Our daily news provides nothing but sheer anguish. As truth takes a hit, we hear all kinds of threats, promises and endless bleating from politicians from all sides of the divide.
If we claim that Malaysia is not being stymied by the ongoing political debacle, we must be blinkered.
The marketplace is shaking its head in disbelief. Even the business community appears uncertain about which camp to bankroll!
Is there anyone who can put a stop to this ongoing debacle?