"Muhyiddin has done a goood job. If my view could represent the people's feelings, brother, then the people have no complaint against the Prime Minister. He is calm, displays great administrative skills and delivers results at the end of the day despite all the political ruckus around him. I never thought I'd say this, but I have only praises for him!" - Mr D from Sentul, KL
Puchong, May 20: You don't get calls like this one everyday, to hear someone singing praises for the Prime Minister, any Prime Minister. But this morning, after listening to Mr D, I realised that we actually have heard very little, if at all, badmouthing Muhyiddin Yassin. Much of the 'ruckus' comes from his former political bedfellows, mostly those who lost plum jobs and mighty positions after the so-called Sheraton Move (which landed Abang Din the unenviable job as Malaysia's 8th Prime Minister), and their faithful followers. Their drama, mainly, is about their fear of the death of democracy, their perceived betrayal of the Rakyat's mandate, or their resentment towards a so-called backdoor government that has no support of the majority (which was set straight in their red faces at the one-day Parliament sitting two days ago).
Without doubt, the people's appreciation for their Prime Minister is due to his Administration's prihatin handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Lim Kit Siang tries to pin the blame on Muhyiddin (Covid-19 woes due to 'Sheraton Move' and ensuing political turmoil - Mkini, May 20) but he spits at the sky, as the Malays say it, and he ends up with phlegm and mucus on his own face.
If anything, the so-called Sheraton Move saved us from a socio-economic failure that had seemed inevitable - even if there had been no pandemic - because we had too many nincompoops in the government. We shudder too, Kit Siang, to imagine the disastrous outcome for the country if we had to depend on the political leadership of the PH government to guide us out of the pandemic when the PH leaders themselves, Kit Siang and son included, couldn't even get their act together after coming to power in May 2018.
In any case, I was listening to the FM yesterday while waiting for the azan to break my fast. It dawned upon me that this particular station had been replaying the same doa during bukapuasa (without announcing to the listeners who the doa reciter is). Most people heard this doa the first time when their Prime Minister addressed them on the 8th day of the Movement Control Order, when he told us that we could win this.
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ. حَمْدًا يُوَافِيْ نِعَمَهُ وَيُكَافِئُ مَزِيْدَهُيَا رَبَّنَا لَكَ الْحَمْدُ كَمَا يَنْبَغِيْ لِجَلاَلِ وَجْهِكَ الْكَرِيْمِ وَعَظِيْمِ سُلْطَانِكَ
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Rahim Engkau ampunilah dosa-doa kamiEngkau rahmatilah diri kami, keluarga kami dan negara kamiEngkau lindungilah hamba-hamba Mu yang kerdil ini dari segala musibahEngkau jauhilah diri kami dari penyakit yang merbahaya dan wabak yang mengancam nyawaEngkau hindarilah kami dari bala yang berat dan takdir yang buruk
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya RahimEngkau berilah kekuatan, kecekalan dan kesabaran kepada kami untuk menghadapi dugaan-Mu yang berat iniEngkau tiupkanlah ketenangan dalam jiwa kami Sesungguhnya setiap dugaan yang Engkau turunkan kepada kami Ya Allah tiadalah ia melainkan untuk meningkatkan ketaqwaan dan keimanan kami kepada Mu
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya SyaafiEngkau berilah kesembuhan kepada saudara-saudara kami yang dijangkiti wabak Coronavirus walau di mana sahaja mereka beradaSesungguhnya tiada penyakit yang tidak dapat Engkau sembuhkan Ya AllahTiada mara bahaya yang tidak dapat Engkau jauhinya dari kami Ya AllahKami bermohon kepada-Mu Ya AllahLindungilah kamiSelamatkanlah kamiSejahterakanlah hidup kami
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الذي لَا يَضُرُّ مع اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ في الأرض ولا في السَّمَاءِ وهو السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُرَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Muhyiddin is not expected to have an easy time, with his enemies (who now include two-time PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad) working hard to fail him at every chance, from inside as well as outside PN. But for getting us out from the worst of the pandemic safe and sane, I agree with Mr D that the Prime Minister deserves a tip of our hat. I'm not good with prayers but here's my doa for Abang Din's - and his loved ones' - safety and well-being. Amin.