CONSUMERIST: MALAYSIAN POLITICS – SURROGATES PLAYING THE FIELD?

Dato Jacob George

‘I wonder how many of the present Malaysian politicians will be remembered for the good they have done in 10 years time and the sacrifices they have made for the country, not their children, wives, relatives, cronies, hangers-on, runners and other third parties who are multi millionaires, corporate and political figures – sadly, not in their own right?’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: MALAYSIAN POLITICS – POLITICAL SURROGATES PLAYING THE FIELD?

Something vulgar is taking place in Malaysia never seen in our nation’s history! And we had a proud dignified history at that!

But all that was compromised after we had a dictator as Premier followed by a number of political weaklings some who allowed the nation governed by auto pilot and ‘in-laws’ while another believes media hype and press statements stating what disfranchised Malaysians want to hear being palliated without real change being the answer to cries for change that one can really believe in!

But of late another twist had taken place where we seen political surrogates and mercenaries being ‘employed or engaged’ to manipulate, distort and even abuse logical thinking all for political expediency!

Fabrication, lies, minority bashing and ridicule, concoction being the trade mark!

Even blatant seditious allegations and minority bashing being a hallmark and increasing!

Or acts of blatant corruption and abuse are seen in ‘racial lens’ – a stupidity of course, embarrassing the majority of right thinking Malaysians, universal principles of justice, law and order or the rule of law of a state!

We have seen a racist right wing repeatedly highjack national issues along racial and religious terms, even if they have no locus in all of those issue!

Boasting of millions of followers but we see barely a handful if any but that does not stop the spin being repeated!

On the other end of the spectrum we seen mercenary bloggers, even NGOs being roped in and shocking among them a consumer movement and we understand them to be party members with one eying a seat or a senator ship the next round?

I have always said if you have political ambitions leave the consumer movement.

Do not highjack the consumer movement for your political ambitions!

But the disturbing trend is when politicians abuse public office and its machinery for a political agenda which serves less than 4 million members if at all!

At a young age, 5 years old if not mistaken, where I had the privilege of holding hands with the nation’s founding fathers who were close associates of my late grandfather an educationist in Sungei Petani, Kedah.

I had the joy of seeing them have meals cooked by my late grandmother followed through with lively political discourse and a round of cards which was always dignified and proper!

Laughter and jokes followed each round as tea, hot curry puffs, delicacies and Indian sweets were served!

There were no issues pertaining to food served and fellowship enjoyed!

Those were memorable times!

When they lost dear friends there was never hesitation to be part of the grieving friend’s family partaking and sharing in the grief!

They were simple, approachable and great men of faith and of politics rarely boasting and defending their religious convictions and creeds at each and every turn of their political life!

As a result even a 5 year old then, can remember his great times with these men and founding fathers despite the years gone by!

In fact, it was inexplicable that I again met the late founding father at Penang Medical Center in the 80s as a young man, this time and he wanted me to investigate an allegation, an infant died of famine in Lunas, Kedah!

He knew my investigative strengths as a researcher and my cordial ties with the media, even then.

I remember this fragile, frail but loving man look at me and say – ‘Hi, you are exactly your grandfather. Sudah kahwin? @Married?. Son, no one dies of famine in Malaysia let alone, Kedah @rice bowl of Malaysia. This must be made right! Can you do something?’

I rectified that allegation despite upsetting, my then employers who were behind that report and were furious at that time till I explained the issue and background to it all!

And the founding father was indeed happy.

I have fond memories of all of them!

I wonder how many of present day Malaysian politicians will be remembered for the good they have done in 10 years time or the  sacrifices they have made for the country, not their children, relatives, cronies, hangers-on, runners and other third parties who are multi millionaires, corporate and political figures – sadly, not in their own right?

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