I had some close acquaintance in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as most of them were from UMNO by origin. That is why we can see that the Malay PKR leaders more or less have the same attribute with those in UMNO.
Some of them asked me how I think about them in PKR especially with the recent animosity that has befallen the party especially when Zaharin left the party with big huha last Friday.
I answered them wittingly; I told them, “You are suffering from excessive joy because of the successes you achieved in the last General Election. You must remember excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow”.
PKR in actuality has been a successful party. Despite of its infancy the party managed to secure 32 seats in Parliament and that is the biggest recorded representation of a single opposition party in our parliamentary history.
This success made the leadership of PKR to become negligent by not realizing the politicking around him (Anwar) is hiking and mountaineering to immeasurably dangerous level.
This was the actual happening in UMNO because the leadership of 2 decades ago was so focus on developing materialistic community without sufficient watch on the party he managed.
Our leaders were bragging and immodest to self amusing by talking about own successes and no one else in this entire world was better than us.
While the swift industrialization was a success, we have to resign to the fact that we have ignored lot of other ingredients of what we called as nation building.
Social values which were fast deteriorating, the inequitable distribution of wealth and opportunities which created a few gigantic war lords which in turn became the determining dynamic of political facets at all level.
Materialistic political and government implementers truly killed the earnest of honest and responsible and accountable leadership of all turfs of the country’s administration.
By natural sequence corruptions became monumental and mammoth. Nothing can be implemented in orderly manner without compromising the ideal of proper and appropriate mode of deciding to corruptions.
Power became personal to holder to abusive leaders and the war lords would do anything to sustain the power that was wrongly vested to wrong leaders.
Everything was compromised and it went as far as insulting and corroding all basic democratic institutions to indignity including the Judiciary which now perceived to the paraphernalia and tools of corrupt and ungraceful executives and war lords surrounding the power house.
This is the nearest answer as to why the 18 high profile cases which was announced by one of the Cabinet members a while ago is still deep under cover and the Agency that handles corruption now only focused on small cases involving the alternative government which control a few State Governments.
The power is now concentrated in the hands of central government and political leaders. These Federal Leaders can decide everything and the institutions involved do not have the say which once vested on them.
The spirit of Federalism is now ignored and they forget the premise of how this beautiful nation was formed.
The power vested by the sovereign states within the Federation is slowly but surely ignored as if the power of the Central Government can exist by itself without the vesting of power by the sovereign state governments.
If PR is serious to exist as an alternative to BN government the coalition has to understand and digest this issue up to the optimum, and there can be no stable Federation without respecting the basic fabric of what Federalism is all about.
PR can’t be there just for the sake of being there. Learning from other people’s mistake is the best way of learning rather than going through the mills of learning through own mistakes and misadventures.
The party which is given the mandate to take the mantle on Federal Government must be able to be magnanimous and respect the spirit of democracy which is now dilapidating speedily in the process to acquiring and retaining power.
For UMNO and BN they should look on this long neglected issue if they still want to be with the mandate given by the people.
Just count the votes in the coming GE and respect the voters by giving the best of administration which the people have longed to secure. They have been missing it far too long.
For heaven sake, please give back what has been taken away from them.