Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Selamat Hari Raya, Kerajaan Gagal (Failed government)

 Updated 14 May: A Malaysian Spring against "Kerajaan Gagal" in the offing? Watch the video clip here.

Original posting:

Marahkan kerajaan, papan iklan jadi grafiti

Puchong, 12 May: It's the last day of Ramadan and we are celebrating Hari Raya tomorrow. I should be putting up a feel-good greeting card to wish all Malaysians, especially my Muslim friends, a joyous Eid but no one seems to be in the mood. I surf the Internet for uplifting news but all I get is more bad news. I haven't come across a single piece by a credible Malaysian journalist praising this government or defending it; all I get are sighs, groans, moans. Seasoned scribe Aziz Hassan joins the growing queue of the disillusioned:

 "Malaysians are culturally docile by nature and recognise a good government when they see one but what they have had to deal with so far has stretched their patience to the limits in an environment that has brought much stress and distress," he writes in Please, who is in charge of this government?.

With the end of the holy Ramadan, I join Aziz and suffering Malaysians out there in pleading with the King, who had unexpectedly consented to the Darurat last January, to put an end to the Emergency Ordinance and call Parliament to be in session so that this Government and all those MPs and Aduns can be held to account. But let's not turn to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to "save" this nation again. Our children and their children may forgive us for making a mistake but not for repeating the same mistake over, and over, again.

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin, 

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