Angry Malaysian comes up with some possible reasons to explain the erosion in support for the ruling coalition, one year after it came to power.
I refer to an online commentary where the author states that non-Malay support on the ground has been slipping for Pakatan Harapan.
Many non-Malays (I have no hard evidence, just anecdotal evidence) are practical: they know that economic and educational opportunities are not going to suddenly open up for them after Pakatan Harapan was voted in last year.
Perhaps the real reason for the slipping support is that more specific grouses have not been addressed satisfactorily, especially on issues the opposition parties were vocal about before.
Here are a few issues the then opposition parties were vocal about but which now seem to have been conveniently forgotten or put on the back burner.
- The acceptance of the Unified Examination Certificate as another listed examination for public higher education admissions seems to have been shelved.
- Preacher Zakir Naik is happily running around with Malaysian permanent residence when there are still some people born in Malaysia who do not even have an identity card. His brand of allegedly running down other religions is indirectly condoned by cabinet members when they meet up with him. He has not done anything wrong in Malaysia; so we won’t deport him – that line does not work for the rest of us. At the very least, some believe he has contributed to creating uneasiness between people of different religions.
- The disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and others have not been seriously addressed. The state seems either slow or reluctant to act; just having a Suhakam inquiry is not sufficient.
- Indira Gandhi’s kidnapped daughter has not yet been found; we may have some idea where Jho Low could be – but we don’t know where this young girl’s kidnapper is hiding?
- Certain temples may still be at risk of being demolished without due care for religious sensitivities. I am not supporting temples being built illegally but there must be more tact and care in handling this. Granted, incidents of this nature happening lately are almost non-existent. But the recent incident in the Seafield temple drama was disturbing. Certain quarters were quick to blame a particular group for the death of a firefighter although the ongoing inquest into his death threw up various other possibilities.
- Pockets of urban settlers face eviction without any care for human suffering. Such cases are not confined to any particular ethnic group. The government-owned land on which they live may have been disposed off easily under the previous Barisan Nasional government.
Non-Malays may not be abandoning Pakatan Harapan in droves – but if the cabinet is perceived by some as not listening in some of the cases mentioned above, by-elections have been the best way for these quarters to show their displeasure.
Either that, or I took too much cough mixture this morning, and I am writing gibberish here.
Angry Malaysian is the pseudonym of an Aliran reader who is always angry because the bright future of Malaysia has been eroded by incompetence, nepotism, apathy, laziness, racism, double standards and arrogance.