Roti in Milo: The politics of Malaysia

Malaysian politics shouldn’t be like dipping bread into Milo.

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Published by The Malay Mail, Malaysiakini & Sin Chew, images from Malaysiakini

M is for Malaysia. One columnist affirmed let M, the documentary, not be a “Mistake”. When 83 percent of Malaysians turned up to vote on May 9 2018, the popular will of the people was M&A.

In corporate language, M&A would be “Mergers and Acquisition”, sometimes with the goal to strip the acquired corporate entity bare to increase the value of the new owner’s stock and its shareholders. Everyone gets a dividend, and the CEO gets a pay bump and a bonus too.

But this form of M&A is terrible to the plight of the workers, especially when practised on Malaysia. Pakatan Harapan believed in M&A – precisely because the kleptocracy of then Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was indeed triggering a rot in the country. Malaysia, for the lack of a better word, was becoming worse than Zimbabwe led by the late president Robert Mugabe.

M should not be the politics and dietary habit of Milo, the practice of many Malaysians every morning without fail, of dipping their roti (bread) into the warm but sweet cup of drink.

Not only will the roti become soggy, but the sugary intake that goes into the drink will destroy the health of the consumer over the medium and long term.

Pakatan Harapan was not stirred and shaken into a coalition of various parties to be Milo. M = Malaysia = My country = My home = My birthplace = My very peace of mind, period.

M, rightly or wrongly, has become the “murmurs” of the people. If this state of affairs is allowed to persist, M would make Malaysia a calcified cup of Milo, which is useless too.

When Harapan was formed prior to the 14th general election, it specialised in “listening to the people”.

When asked by legions of journalists, as far back as 2016, as to why Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was returning to politics, his answer was cryptic: “Many showed up at my home or office in Perdana Leadership Foundation and spoke of the errors and corrosive effects of corruption.”

I must admit I was one of them who met Mahathir at his home way before even the Deklarasi Rakyat (Citizens’ Declaration).

After explaining descriptively what is plaguing the nation then, especially the kleptocracy and the impact on the people and the nation, I suggested four things:

  1. Establish a new Malay-based political party to take on Umno.
  2. The new Malay-based party must have five core principles: Reforms, justice, moderation, inclusiveness and progressive.
  3. Form an unimaginable new coalition with PKR, DAP, Amanah and whoever wants to fight kleptocracy and save the nation.
  4. The requirement of a great amount of magnanimity from all leaders in the opposition to forget the past and chart the future together.

Credit to Mahathir, he listened attentively as always, and I was called subsequently to the first technical committee for the Deklarasi Rakyat. The rest is history.

M&A, as some would like to say, can lead to Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali (photo) becoming the next prime minister. But then if this is the case, it would have destroyed the transition promised to the people.

Malaysians did not wake up in large droves to support Azmin then. Not forgetting Azmin, who preferred Pakatan Rakyat to the birth of Harapan, was against the nomination of Mahathir as Harapan chairperson and eventually as the Harapan prime minister candidate.

Things have changed these days. One must also not forget how Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail stood by Harapan’s promise and commitment to ensure Mahathir was made prime minister although the then King offered her the position post-GE14 election results due to PKR securing the highest number of parliamentary seats, even beyond DAP, Amanah and Bersatu.

Harapan should operate like what the old RTM drama called “Empat Sekawan” (four friends). It was a drama based on a group of Chinese speaking in various dialects way back in the 1970s. Yet the drama struck a chord among Malaysians as the “four friends”.

When a drink is too sweet, and the sugary content is delivered into our body, without fail it enters into our bloodstream as glucose. But too much of anything is bad. The ‘politics of Milo’ – of trying to brew Harapan into something which it is not – should cease and desist. M&A is based on a written transition. Not one but two.

Any attempts to dilute the strength of Harapan by 2023 will lead to its collapse by then. M is not for money or to those with a special vested interest – one should remember too.

M is for a triumphant Malaysia from now and beyond. M, interestingly, could also be for Muhyiddin Yassin, the one who kept urging all sides to remain calm, and patience, to allow the promised transition to each forward.

M is for promised, front-ward motion and not backtracking. Muhyiddin as always has been the unifying factor of Harapan with his wisdom, without much pomp and grandeur, always refocusing the coalition to work to deliver what all Malaysian want.

Dr. Rais Hussin is President & CEO of EMIR Research, an independent think-tank focused on strategic policy recommendations based upon rigorous research.

文章来源:星洲日报 (Sin Chew)

M是马来西亚的。一名专栏作家说,不要让纪录片里的M,成了一个“错误”(Mistake)。当83%的大马人在2018年5月9日出来投票时,人民的普遍意愿是M和A。

在商业用语中,M和A是“拼购”(Mergers and Acquisition),有时目标是将被收购的企业实体分拆,以增加股票和股东的价值。每个人都可以得到股息,而首席执行员将会获得加薪和花红。

但这种形式的M和A对员工来说是很可怕的;特别是在马来西亚。希望联盟相信M和A──准确来说是因为前首相纳吉的盗窃政治确实引起了腐败。马来西亚,由于缺乏好的口碑,变得比已故总统穆加贝领导的津巴布韦还要更糟。

M不应该是美禄(Milo)的政治和饮食习惯:许多马来西亚人,每天早晨都习惯喝一杯,并将他们的面包浸入那温又甜的饮料中。

不仅面包会变软,且饮料中的含糖量,从中和长期来看,都会破坏消费者的健康。

由各个政党组成的希望联盟并没有因为搅拌并出现动荡而成了美禄。M=马来西亚=我的国家=我的家园=我的出生之地=我内心的宁静,如此而已。

M,无论对或错,已成了人们的“抱怨”(murmurs)。如果这种情况持续下去,M会让马来西亚成了不能饮用的,结块的美禄。

当希望联盟在第14届大选之前成立时,其专长是“聆听人民的心声”。

早在2016年,当一大批记者问敦马哈迪为何重返政坛时,他的回答是模糊的:“许多人前来我的住家或首要领导基金会办公室,并谈起一些错误和贪污的腐蚀性影响。”

我必须承认,我是到敦马哈迪住家与他会晤的人之一,早在人民宣言之前。在描述了当前困扰着国家的问题后,特别是盗窃统治及其对人民和国家的影响之后,我提出了4项建议:1.建立一个新的马来政党来接替巫统。2.新马来政党必须有5大核心原则:改革、正义、中庸、包容和进步。3.与公正党、行动党和诚信党以及任何想要对抗盗窃并拯救国家的政党组成一个无法想象的新联盟。4.所有反对党领袖都必须对宽大,忘记过去并共同规划未来。感谢敦马哈迪,他像往常一样认真地聆听,后来我被召集成为人民宣言的第一批技术委员。接下来的事大家都知道了。

有人说,M和A,可能指的是经济事务部长阿兹敏(Azmin Ali)有望成为下一任首相。但是,果真是如此的话,它将破坏对人民的承诺。那时候,马来西亚人并没有奋起大声支持阿兹敏。别忘了阿兹敏在希盟成立之初是比较倾向民联的,他也反对提名敦马哈迪出任希盟主席,甚至是希盟首相的人选。最近情况已经改变。大家不要忘记旺阿兹莎如何坚持希盟的承诺以确保敦马哈迪成为首相,虽然国家元首在第14届大选成绩公布时,曾经献议让她出任首相一职,因为公正党赢得了最多国会议席,甚至超越行动党、诚信党和土团党。

希盟应该像大马广播电视台播放的老电视剧《四喜临门》一样。这是一部在1970年代以各种方言为主的话剧。然而,这部剧在马来西亚人之间引起了很强烈的共鸣。

其中一名女主角,黎明,如果仍然健在。她肯定会敦促所有马来西亚人团结一致。M既不是错误,也不是美禄政治。

当饮料太甜,且含糖量摄入我们的体内时,它就会以葡萄糖的形式流入我们的血液。但任何东西摄入太多都是不好的。美禄政治──试图将希盟酿造成别的东西──这种情况应该停止。M和A应该根据书面的过渡协议。不是一个,而是两个。

任何试图在2023年之前拆散希盟力量的动作,都将导致它出现瓦解。M指的不是金钱(money),对于那些有特殊既得利益者,应该记住这点。从现在开始,M代表着胜利的马来西亚。M,有趣的是,指的可能是慕尤丁(Muhyiddin Yassin);一直在敦促各方保持冷静和耐心的人,以便未来落实各项承诺。M是承诺向前进;不是向后退。慕尤丁,一如过往,凭藉自己的智慧成了希盟团结的因素,不浮夸也不高大,总是让该联盟重新聚焦于实现全马来西亚人民愿望的工作上。

莱士胡先是EMIR Research的总裁兼首席执行官,EMIR Research是一家致力于数据驱动型政策研究的智囊团,主要围绕敬业度,适度,创新和严谨原则。

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