WHEN Malaysians celebrated the 61st national Independence Day in 2018, many Pakatan Harapan leaders and supporters were hailing it as the 1st real Merdeka for the country.
Well the 2018 Merdeka Day was the first under the new PH federal government and the first without Alliance (1957-73) or Barisan Nasional (1973-2018) helming the centre.
BN lost the federal government in the 14th General Election (GE) held on May 9, 2018.
Typically PH leaders and their diehard supporters seized the opportunity to showcase the new coalition government as the real answer to resolve Malaysian present and future woes.
They wasted no time to condemn the ousted Umno-led BN administration as a ruined relic of the past, while trumpeting PH as the political base to build a new Malaysia.
Then the people were receptive to the brand ‘New Malaysia’ because it rekindled and renewed lost hopes.
Naturally they would like to give enough time for the new government to function.
But the truth is there were no lost hopes.
It was PH which conducted a strong malicious campaign of hatred and lies to infix such avowal anti-government stance among the people.
No one is sure what was the ‘New Malaysia’ all about.
To start with, the new Malaysia’s 1st Prime Minister (PM1), or officially the nation’s 7th Prime Minister (PM7), unveiled by PH was a nonagenarian.
That nonagenarian also happens to be a much abhorred and criticised previous PM4 during BN’s time.
It is amusing to hear PH talking about a new Malaysia under the leadership of a 94-year-old when at the same time its leaders were condemning BN as an extinct political species.
It’s unsurprising though to hear such humour from PH leaders famed for their comical jocular.
Last Saturday on August 31, Malaysians welcomed the 62nd Merdeka Day, the 2nd under PH’s new Malaysia.
This time the people’s mood was different or indifferent against PH.
On August 31, 2018, the people were just fresh from defeating BN and installing a new government, which they believed would deliver on all its election pledges.
A year later, glaring signs of frustration and trust deficit have surfaced, mainly due to PH’s failure to fulfill majority of its GE14 election promises.
PH promised to waive repayment of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans, abolish road tolls, create a million jobs for locals, cut down number of foreign workers, lure back Malaysians working in Singapore with attractive job packages, reduce cost of living, provide free education, abolish the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) to make prices cheaper and reduce petrol price among others.
PH also promised to run a clean and incorruptible government, and would shun cronyism and nepotism.
So certain leaders from the previous BN government, namely former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his family members, and his ex-deputy Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi have been charged with various graft allegations, including abuse of power, criminal breach of trusts and money laundering.
Amazingly, as many would concur, political corruption and, economic cronyism and nepotism are hallmarks of PM4.
Some 18 months after capturing Putrajaya, cheers are slowly but surely turning into contemptuous jeers.
Public discontent, disappointment and frustrations have grown against PH incompetence and political hypocrisy not just over non-deliverance of election promises, but also for failing miserably to deliver good governance, clean administration and non-racial politics.
People are frustrated with the poor performance of many PH ministers, intense power tussle, skewed priorities, heavy politicking, failing economy, falling Ringgit, outflow of foreign direct investments (FDIs), rising unemployment, unwarranted racial bickering and open conflicts among PH partners.
PH leaders have claimed that the 16% Sales and Services Tax (SST) replacing GST would cut down prices and halt rising cost of living.
Now these leaders are publicly berated and rebuked for their false propagation.
The lower income group is suffering.
The PH government has so far been impotent to detain, let alone charge, anyone over the bungalow and tunnel scandals that took place in the island-state of Penang between 2008 and 2018.
Authorities have also failed to detain and charge anyone in connection with the humiliating ‘Semburit’ gay porn video that allegedly featured a federal minister.
People are sneering at the restructured and recommenced East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Bandar Malaysia projects.
Allegations of sexual offences against PH elected representatives seemed had been swept under the carpet.
PH’s bungle over sensitive issues like Zakir Naik and Khat Jawi writing, and the premier’s frequent communal-like statements have further mired the ethnic divide in the country.
Unlike the previous BN administration under Najib, no one in PH today has demonstrated a statesmanlike leadership credentials.
Trust deficit against the new government is ever growing and it will only stall in GE15, which many political commentators said “could be held in the first half next year.”
What Goes By, Comes By
PH has become a victim of its own success.
The coalition is now hunted and haunted by its own malicious lies, false promises, wobbling leadership and fake unity.
The euphoria of winning GE14 has died down.
Now PH faces a strong undercurrent backlash over the many public concerns, .
Even PH strategists believe that the coalition would lose federal power if GE15 was held in near future.
This what happens when political power was usurped through an election campaign of sheer hatred and lies, and the people voted in a new government just to satisfy their anti-establishment ego rather than by evaluating the pros and cons.
PH is paying a heavy price over its own lies and false promises. – NTHQiBord, 3 September 2019.