How many of you are trying to make some sense of the fact that the next President of the United States is going to be “The Donald” Trump?
Out with old politics and in with the new.
What has happened in the UK with Brexit? David Cameron had to resign because he misread the public’s resentment towards being in the EU with all the “problems” and “burden” that came with being in the EU. The public made that known to him by voting to get them out of the EU in the Brexit Referendum!
In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte was elected because he said that he can get rid of the graft and crime that has been plaguing the country for many many years.
In Indonesia, they elected Joko, previously a furniture maker, as their president. He is seen as a “clean” politician who promised more social welfare for the poor and is seen as a man of the people, for the people and of the people. and is popular with the youth.
In Australia with five Prime Minister in as many years, the public just got fed of politicians feuding within their own party and threw out the politicians and the party doing just that.
And today in America, “The Donald” was elected President of the USA because he promised to make America Great Again!
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Donald Trump who was ostracised by his own party and pronounced a “no hope” candidate by almost every media outlet and many political pundits of note, confounded everyone by winning the 2016 US election almost single handedly.
All of the above “happening” is a reflection of one undeniable fact.
In the UK, Indonesia, the Philippines and now in America, the people decides whom they want as their leader.
Will the same thing happen in Malaysia?
Thinking of what Mahathir, Anwar and Mahyuddin have done when they were in public office, the prospect of any of them being in public office again fills me with dread. So what has changed this time around?
First, it is we, the people, who will decide who our leaders will be, sans race, religion, and political inclinations. We want leaders we trust to lead us. We want leaders who can work for the good of all of us to be Prime Minister. We want leaders to understand that they work for us and not the other way around.
What has changed this time around is that Mahathir, Anwar and Mahyuddin…and anybody else who wants to win political office…all of them understand that they need our votes and our support to get them there. Maybe BN and Umno are confused about all this because they have yet to spend time out of government but Mahathir, Anwar and Mahyuddin know’s what that means. If the want another chance at holding public office again, they have to plead their case directly to the people.
And anyone else who can convince the voters that he /she too wants to do the same thing, they too will have a chance at winning public office. So whether its is Mahathir, Anwar or Mahyuddin…they must have by now understand that what they promise to do when they win public office – they must do.
It does not now take BN, Umno or a Pakatan Rakyat to win elections anymore. As Trump, Joko and Duterte had shown, it only takes one individual who can give hope to the people, to turn everything around and upside down.
We had that man in Anwar Ibrahim many years ago.
If Anwar is too old now, if Anwar is still in Sungai Buloh or unable to stand for election when the next election comes, if for whatever reason Anwar is not the choice of whatever political alliance or entity that had been put together by others ……whatever….we still want another Anwar Ibrahim to do to Malaysia what Trump, Joko and Duterete has said they will do, to their nation.
Najib Razak has betrayed our nation. Umno has betrayed the Malays. BN has betrayed all Malaysians….so even if Anwar Ibrahim cannot stand for election at the next GE, we still need another Anwar Ibrahim to make Malaysia great again!