Abdullah just donít get it Ė
that he has already disappointed Malaysians who had given a Prime Minister
the greatest mandate ever in any general election in nationís history in
by Lim Kit Siang
In Puchong Indah, Selangor
yesterday, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi declared:
Support me and I will not disappoint you.
He said the support of the people give him greater sense of responsibility
to strive even harder to ensure prosperity, harmony and development
without leaving out any group.
Abdullah just donít get it Ė that he has already disappointed Malaysians
who had given him the greatest mandate ever secured by a Prime Minister in
any general election in the nationís 50-year history in 2004.
Is Abdullahís denial so serious and even terminal that he is simply not
aware of the widespread and deep-seated popular disenchantment over his
failure to honour his catalogue of pledges when he became Prime Minister
in October 2003 and during the 2004 general election to be the Prime
Minister for all Malaysians, to hear the truth from the people however
unpleasant, to wipe out corruption and abuses of power, to open up spaces
for greater democracy and press freedom and to lead an administration of
excellence and meritocracy towards a First-World Malaysia?
I cannot but ask whether the recent spate of unprecedented events had
failed to make any impression on him whatsoever to shake off his denial
complex - whether the nation-wide pickets of MTUC and workers for fair
wage, the March for Justice of the 2,000 lawyers in late September to
demand judicial independence and integrity, the 40,000-strong BERSIH
demonstration on Nov. 10 for electoral reforms for free, fair and clean
elections or the 30,000-strong Hindraf demonstration to end the
long-standing marginalization of the Malaysian Indians?
Has the Prime Minister been completely isolated by his Putrajaya Fourth
Storey gatekeepers from the people on the ground to the extent that he has
totally lost touch with the hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares of
ordinary Malaysians irrespective of race, religion or region?
If so, then the country is faced not only with a crisis of confidence in
the judiciary, the Election Commission and the various national
institutions, but with a national crisis of confidence in the political
leadership of the Prime Minister!
Abdullahís request for another blank cheque from the people, promising not
to disappoint the people, after causing the greatest disappointment to the
people by any Malaysian Prime Minister in his first four years in office,
is very eerie. Is Abdullahís latest request for real?
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman