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Hishamuddin Rais’ latest article in Malaysia-Today presents you the final round: which one would you choose as the future prime minister of this country – Anwar Ibrahim or Najib Tun Razak? He says all Malaysians have a duty to make this choice, and the truth is we do not have many choices.
Would you choose submarines (including dubious space travels and lose billions of the rakyat’s money) or would you rather choose the possibility of PEOPLE BOSSing politicians around?
In his article FINAL ROUND: Anwar vs Najib, Hisham says:
Malaysians have a duty to make a choice now. The truth is Malaysians have only two choices – Anwar or Najib. Does the rakyat want Anwar to lead this country with the Ketuanan Rakyat (People’s Sovereignty) agenda or do they want Najib to continue with his submarine agenda?
Najib represents the old politics – feudal politics which captures the Malays with the slogan ‘Long Live the Malays’. The slogan ‘Long Live the Malays’ represented by Najib for 50 years have forced the Malays to live under the grip of a feudal culture. This feudal culture has ensured that the Malays continue to be stubborn and stupid. This means that the feudal culture propagated by UMNO was specifically designed to make the Malays stupid and stubborn.
UMNO does not want Malays who are intelligent and those who dare to think independently. Malays who are intelligent and dare to think independently will leave UMNO in droves.
Hisham continues to say that it was not enough that UMNO made a fool out of the Malays, they also frightened the Malays with the presence of two bogeymen – Chinese and foreigners – that the latter two will rule the country since the Malays have lost their power.
Yes, it’s true that some people have lost their power after the 12th General Elections. The ones who lost their power was UMNO. Not the Malays. In these 50 years, the ones who were in power were a handful of UMNO members and their cronies, not the Malays. The Malays did not own any power, did not own any sovereignty and did not own any special (rights). Malays live waiting for a promise and dying in hope.
He further says that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi looks tired and bruised. Abdullah will be carried out of the ring to rest, perhaps as early as June next year. Only two are left in the ring to continue their fight to the final round.
And who are the duo? Your guess is as great as mine. Najib vs Anwar.
Who will be OK and who will be KO? Should we leave it to the GOD(s) or the people? Like Hisham says, Malaysians have a duty to make a choice. What is yours?
Read more of Isham’s in his column (in Malay) DARI JELEBU.