By: B Goode
Aaaaahh nothing like a good ol’ Malaysian sex scandal to wake me up from my slumber.
Let’s face it. The new Malaysian government formed slightly more than a year ago, suck balls. Almost literally.
And this has allowed the opposition to set the political narrative for the country causing the government to be in a constant backfoot.
This is not to say that there are no redeeming features. There are but they are akin to putting Korean makeup onto your face. Looks good on Instagram but look closer and you can see the wrinkles.
There are many reasons for this. Underperforming Ministers who behave like as if they are still in the opposition. Ministers who, because of a lack of experience, acted like deers caught in the headlights. Policies that flip-flop depending on the day of the week.
And then there’s a PM who is no longer as spritely as before but who still needs to unite a coalition of political parties that used to be at loggerheads with one another.
And then there’s the DPM, Wan Azizah who is just like Winnie Mandela, Imelda Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Aung Sun Suu Kyi and a few others; members of the first wives club who were placed on the political pedestal due to their husbands’ misfortunes. Mere mascots.
And then there’s the PM in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim who is as trustworthy as some teachers nowadays…
On top of that, corruption is still rampant. Patronages still blatant. Racism still brazen and economic crutches still come a-begging. Meddling royalties still ermm meddling.
All these problems have caused a resurgence of `bossku’ Najib Razak and his allies. They have won 3 by-elections ffs.
And now we have the almost inevitable gay sex scandal. It is history repeating itself.
Since assuming leadership for the second time, PM Mahathir has somewhat mellowed and has allowed his Ministers a freer reign in running the country. No more micro-managing which may be due to old age or more probably because he has achieved what he has set out to do and that is to topple Najib’s regime. Whatever the reason may be, it is out of his character not to be the one who is always calling the shots.
Whether he will return to form, it is hard to tell but considering the increasing problems that his government are causing and are facing, it is likely that he will once again take the wheel.