By Kuik Cheng Kang, Sin Chew Daily
The whole world is waiting for PH++ to come up with a final decision on their prime ministerial candidate. As till this very moment, negotiations have hit a deadlock and the latest development is that DAP's organizing secretary Anthony Loke has urged PKR, in particular Anwar Ibrahim, not to drag on any further and state their stand whether to support or not to support the proposed "Mahathir-Anwar" combo.
PKR has earlier planned to announce the party's stand on June 16.
Similarly, there have been lots of uncertainties in the cooperation between Perikatan Nasional and BN.
It is said that PM Muhyiddin has planned to call a snap election this October to clear the name of "backdoor government".
We all know that Muhyiddin has formed a new government with a razor-thin majority in the Parliament. This makes him extremely vulnerable. To firm up his position, he has offered all kinds of jobs and positions to exchange for the much needed support. The endless political appointments will hardly be sustainable to keep the PN government in power in addition to causing more frustration among the rakyat. He will never be able to satisfy everyone, put it this way!
Umno alone is enough to give Muhyiddin headache. Umno has never been sincerely supporting Muhyiddin. The party's ultimate motive is to become the big boss once again.
It is a matter of time for PPBM sans Mahathir to be completely swallowed by or beaten to the ground by Umno
Umno supreme council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi has urged PPBM to dissolve itself and join Umno, and not to dream of contesting 50 parliamentary seats.
Additionally, there have been strong public outcry over political intervention in the country's judiciary, be it in the former PH or incumbent PN government.
Malaysians in general believe that once a new government is installed, court cases involving individuals in the ruling party will be written off. Such a stereotyped impression has tarnished the image of the country's judiciary.
The challenge that Muhyiddin is going to face next is to negotiate the allocation of parliamentary and state seats with Umno and PAS, and whether the party will be able to survive.
The snap election will be a "live of die" battle among PH++, PPBM and Umno-PAS. Perikatan Nasional will not get to exist, and Barisan Nasional exists only in name.
We must all be mentally prepared that Umno-PAS will emerge as the biggest winners.
Chinese Malaysians can no longer put all the eggs in the same basket, as they did in GE14.
The collapse of PH administration cannot be wholly lamed on Muhyiddin or other traitors. Tun Mahathir himself has a big responsibility to shoulder. If not for his missteps, PH will still be firmly in charge in Putrajaya.
Unfortunately many still have unrealistic faith in the former PM, thinking that we all need him during the current chaos as he is the only one who can fix things up.
As a matter of fact, Tun Mahathir's myth has fall alongside the PH government.
There will be very limited changes Tun Mahathir will bring to this nation, if he gets to become PM for a third time.
No one is indispensable and irreplaceable. Mahathir should give Anwar and his team a chance to perform. Those who have served the country for half a century should all bow out so that the younger generation can change this country.
Tun Mahathir failed to unite the Malays during his first 22-year tenure as PM. The Malays remained divided.
When he came back again as PM for a second time, many thought he had changed, but were completely disenchanted in less than two years. He has failed the millions o f Malaysian voters who rushed back from all across the country and beyond to vote for him.
Who kept making U-turns in government policies and arguing the PH election manifesto was not the Bible?
Who kept reneging on his promise to hand over the baton to Anwar, causing a split within the PH coalition and giving BN and others the opportunity to seize power?
Who kept seeing DAP in racist light and orchestrated a "Malay Dignity Congress" to backstab his allies?
Who kept smearing the reputation of DAP during his first tenure as PM in the Umno assemblies, and still criticizing the rival-turned-ally during his second tenure as PM?
Who masterminded PPBM's exit from the PH coalition, putting all is comrades onboard while he himself deserted the boat?
Finally, who out of the blue conceived this outlandish idea of a grand plan to unite all the parties on both sides of the divide, sending everyone unprepared?
This country has been destroyed by this bunch of irresponsible politicians for six decades now.
Many Chinese Malaysians are excessively worried about chaotic situation in this country. Whether a snap election is called or the sitting administration is brought down again, any further political changes and developments will continue to be highly unpredictable with far-fetching impact on the future of this country.
With a steadily declining population ratio, there is limited role Chinese Malaysians can play in this country. Our predicament is that if someone happen to start another Reformasi movement, we will end up like DAP today, becoming a scapegoat constantly blamed for the Malays' miseries.
This country will only see hope if the Malays themselves are serious about changing.
For so many decades the Malaysian Chinese community has pinned its hopes on the nation's leaders to take us forward and not divide us by manipulating racial, educational and religious issues and generating hatred and confrontation.
It is reassuring that during this trying moment of coronavirus pandemic, Malaysians irrespective of race and religion have come forward to offer a hand. This speaks volumes of the fact that safe for very small group of extremist opportunists, majority of Malaysians have always come together as one harmonious nation.
It is imperative that our leaders strengthen such a force to lift the competitiveness of all Malaysians' survival in tackling the new order and new challenges after the pandemic.
Young Malay elites eager to see and bring changes should step forward to arrest the continued downfall of this country, and guide Malaysians of all races to thoroughly overhaul this country in creating more diverse new values.
We sincerely hope that the real Third force will emerge and breathe a new lease of life into the Malaysian politics. We don't want to see old faces, old mentality and old political tricks.
We have tried with the same batch of people for over 60 years. It is time we hand over this country to young people with lofty aspirations to lead us.
Perhaps such a wish is too unrealistic and naive. It may not happen in a short time, but this time, we are really too disappointed.
We can only hope that the current mess will galvanize young Malay elites, or civil society, into action.