WHAT IT TAKES TO TURN THE NATIONAL AGENDA AROUND

Posted on September 17, 2008

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The stakes are very high. It is a fight to the finish. The battles have commenced. The gap between victory or defeat is narrow.  This is not for the faint-hearted. Only the brave will endure and persist. Never before has the nation come to this point in its 51-year history when the battle to substantially change the national agenda come so close to realisation. Many now believe that the goal is at last within reach. To say that fundamental change in key national policies is now possible is no longer easily dismissable. This is no longer laughing matter.  The unthinkable is now being entertained in many minds.

 

Yet this is not about utopia and silly notions in some elusive wonderland. There is no magic wand that can be waved to bring some magical results about. To win the battle for desirable change, we need serious-minded sturdy MPs who will stand by their conscience and be ruled by ethical standards that will not be moved or dissuaded by bribery, threats and present dangers.

 

Forty such MPs to be precise are needed. Who would stand firm by their principles and say “Enough is enough!” against bad governance, unjust laws, abuse of state resources and institutions, and race-based politics. Forty good MPs, that is, backed to the hilt by millions and millions of ordinary Malaysians who will stand by them and boost their resolve.

 

This desirable change for the nation is not about dates. It is not about when it will happen. It is about how it will happen. It can and will happen when this formula is accomplished: 40 conscientised MPs + millions of conscientised ordinary Malaysians must come together and take their stand and make their stand count.

 

Politics is always about numbers. Today, the numbers have narrowed to the point where we can afford to dream that desirable change is within reach. When 40 conscientised MPs cross the parliamentary divide, or 40 conscientised MPs vote against their party whip at the next opportunity when parliament reconvenes, or when snap elections are called giving Malaysian voters an early chance to make their desire for change known- or whatever formula presents itself so that the will of the people can again be tested-  this will happen.

 

Will this ever happen or will it yet again be a case of “so near and yet so far”?

 

Just days ago, the powers that be used the Internal Security Act (ISA) to blatantly take away from under our very eyes three conscientised Malaysians who wrote, spoke and acted for desirable change. Two of them remains in detention without trial. We let this happen. So when the cross-overs, etc., don’t happen, don’t blame Anwar Ibrahim, RPK, Teresa Kok, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng. They didn’t let us down. They have in fact done all they could do for us. We the people let ourselves down.

 

If I don’t take my stand, who else can I , should I, might I blame?

 

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