(Petaling Jaya, Friday): In his four-day visit to Malaysia, the most pertinent observations made by the Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew on Malaysian politics referred to the unprecedented crisis of credibility faced by the Malaysian government which should be given serious attention by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his Cabinet.
Although Lee never used the words "crisis of credibility", his various comments directly or indirectly point to his concern about the worst credibility gap suffered by any government in the 43-year Malaysian nationhood, as illustrated by the following observations:
At the tail-end of the question-and-answer session of his address to the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Isis) Malaysia Forum on Wednesday, Lee took several questions posed by members of the audience together who wanted to know whether the new economy was compatible with the old political structure and the threat of the Internet and globalisation for governments.
Lee said that the Internet and information technology will, in the next five, 10 or 15 years, change the nature of society. There will be a plethora of information and people will be more discerning about what they want to read.
He noted that many of the 12 million people in China with access to the Internet were not reading the People's Daily, preferring instead Chinese newspapers from all over the world.
Lee could be describing the Malaysian scenario, for increasingly, more and more Malaysians find the government not "credible" with one Cabinet Minister after another talking "rubbish and nonsense" which nobody want to listen.
The question is whether Mahathir and the Cabinet are prepared to admit that the Barisan Nasional government is facing the worst credibility crisis suffered by any government in the nation’s history and take bold and courageous steps to resolve the credibility crisis, which must include the restoration of national and international confidence in the independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary and the undoing of the "unmitigated disaster" as represented by the cruel and unjust Anwar Ibrahim persecution.