At Gerakan Harapan Baru’s rally in Perak this past weekend, I told the 5000 crowd in Ipoh that for the next General Election we need to do only one thing to correct everything that’s wrong with our country: we need to elect honest Malay-Muslim leaders.
Today we have smart-looking and well-dressed leaders, leaders who are sons of Prime Ministers, who speak Oxford English and leaders who have wealthy brothers, sons and sons-in law. But the country needs good, honest leaders first and foremost, not the kind we have now.
Everybody, including non-Malays, accepts that Malaysia, as a predominantly Malay-Muslim country, needs to be led by a predominantly Malay-Muslim leadership. We have had Malay-Muslim leadership since 1957 but the qualities of the leaders of the past and the present differ markedly. The present UMNO and PAS leaders are useless and must be replaced.
Those in GHB want Islam to be a guiding force that fights for the poor and eliminates corruption and greed. Its not enough to champion Islam; it’s the Muslims we need to take care. GHB must want an Islam that allows Muslims to coexists peacefully with other faiths in the country. GHB must want an Islam that opposes dangerous ideas that create racial and religious strife. I believe Mat Sabu and friends will arrest crooks, not reporters and whistleblowers. I believe they will not have millions in their personal bank accounts in the Cayman Islands or in AmBank.
UMNO leaders have all been compromised in some way or another, so they are unable to clean up this Government. These are the people in the Cabinet, in government agencies like MARA, Felda, Felcra and so on. They are unable to oppose corrupt leaders because these leaders have files on them documenting their own transgressions. Is Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s latest tirade against Najib on 1MDB a sign of the unthinkable, that we are now seeing a rebellion in UMNO to fight against corrupt leaders? Probably not. Most likely its an opportunity for Muhiyuddin to take the throne himself, and nothing about cleaning up the country.
Some political night owls told me that Najib will be arrested soon. Again this has never happened before in this country where the Police issued an arrest warrant against a sitting PM, but it’s not something that we can rule out. If Najib did receive cash from the Cayman Islands, Singapore and elsewhere as alleged, then there are many criminal charges that could be levied against him.
I am inclined to think that Muhyiddin’s latest outburst is to vent his frustration at being replaced. He will get the sack, and a few more of his allies in the government will follow suit. This will be good for the country as any implosion in Umno will allow for the opposition to have a crack at them during the next election. Already PAS is cracking under the weight of the new GHB, and if its allies Umno also suffer a similar fate then the forces of good will be strong enough to overcome evil.
Anyway regardless of whether Najib is arrested or Muhyiddin sacked, or both events happening; Malaysians must all support the leaders of Gerakan Harapan Baru. They are not merely a splinter group, but represent the new mainstream. They are moderate and sensible. Because they are Malay-Muslims, they will be strong enough to counter Malay-Muslim extremists in PAS and UMNO, who will tip the country further into chaos if they are allowed to continue to rule.
We must all unite within a larger grouping of GHB, DAP and PKR, one that has a good and sensible political agenda so change in the country will be peaceful. We in the Opposition must act together and be unified in preventing extremists from breaking up this country.