An open letter to Dr M: Please don’t muffle our votes!

An open letter to Dr M: Please don’t muffle our votes!

Dear Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,

As a voter in this country and one that has followed politics very closely, I find myself compelled to say that you as the prime minister of all Malaysians, had failed the aspirations of the ordinary rakyat, and that too big time.

The people of Malaysia went to the polls on May 9, 2018 with hopes that here will be a change. Hope that was railed on the believe we Malaysians will see a new dawn with the fall of Barisan Nasional.

We gave a golden opportunity to your team Pakatan Harapan to practically snatch the baton from the grips of kleptocrats as you had called them and make the nation great again as it once was. Even a sceptic like me, who had little faith in you at times, doubted my judgement that maybe I could have been a degree wrong of disliking you in the past.

Relatives and friends were so convinced that I was wrong and they had tried to waver my call on you and that you are a changed man. One who gave the glimmer that all will be better for the good of the nation and the people. You were handed the premiership chair in Putrajaya despite not having the majority in terms of party seats in the Parliament.

But what do we have in hand now, less than two years of you leading the pact? No doubt the current government under your care is largely made up of inexperienced bunch of ministers. But their incompetency does not justify your actions in wanting to make a new coalition. And that too with the very same group of people that were backing the so-called kleptocrat that you despise to date.

Yes, the Federal Constitution allows any MP to form the government if he or she commands the majority support in Dewan Rakyat, and in our case 112 is enough to do so. And yes, you have the right to form that government with any MPs regardless of his or her party affiliation, even from the opposition camp. The democratic system allows you to so.

But Tun, having said that, where is your conscience about your personal desires versus those of the majority who want otherwise? You made history not once but many a time, especially at your age but history was also made when the entire Pakatan Harapan team named you as the prime minister despite the little seats your party Bersatu won.

It showed the magnanimous nature of the people at large. Not a single person protested against you at that time, with the thought that you will bring us forward – clean the country and rejuvenate into a more democratic nation. Restore the confidence in our judicial system, revamp policies and laws that are anachronistic and draconian.

Alas, all seem a waste today. Whether a new coalition is formed or not or whether Pakatan Harapan goes to the mortuary or not, the equation does not differ. The very fact that you have initiated and nucleated the idea of roping in unfavourable parties by deploying third forces or directly (which only you know the truth), the perception is clear; and that is your personal agenda has superseded the wishes of the voters.

Tun, if in your opinion the current Pakatan Harapan government is limp and has no calibre except for the few, then should not it be sanely and morally right to go back to the people to decide who should govern the nation?

Call for a general election and let the voters decide on a new government. You and your party are most welcome to stand. Make a coalition with all those that are backing you. It will be legitimate, honourable, and above all you will never be questioned again if the people vote you and your coalition back into power.

First and foremost, there is no such thing as a ”backdoor” government. So, on that count I will not say you are wrong. Why? Because as I said earlier, the Federal Constitution permits you to form the government with any parliamentarian. It is legal. Period. I am not obliged to agree with the masses on grounds of emotions and they can disagree with me on that. I have no worries.

But the question is, are you doing what the public really wants? We put you and the rest there to govern with the confidence on the line-up that was made available to us then. And if you want a change, by all means do it but do it democratically. Go back to the people.

I am not interested if the man waiting to be the next prime minister eventually realises his dream or not. Anybody can be ”waiting” to be the next prime minister. Even Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for all I care.

The sanctity of our democratic system is of paramount importance. Anybody who wishes to contest in an election should do so and may the best win and lead. And those ”waiting” could do so too. Nothing can stop them if they are eligible.

Therefore Tun, call for a snap general election and let the people decide who they want in Parliament. May the best win and lead. Every vote is valuable and our voices must count.

Thank you.

Narinder Pal Singh is a veteran political observer.