Every two steps our Prime Minister takes forward, it seems like he is taken ten steps back by the people that he has entrusted to collectively run this country.
Surely they can make decisions reasonable enough not to refer to him every single time and if so, it has to be well thought of to the advantage of the Government benefitting the Nation, and not to destroy it.
Now, PKR is organizing a rally on the 9th of January 2012, a working day and in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.
What is this demonstration about? Is it to object a half pornographic Western rock concert? Is it to protest against foreign interference in our domestic political affairs?
NO! It is to pressure and influence a Court’s decision on a person who along with his political party, are supposedly famous for championing the Rule of Law (only when it favours them, as history has shown).
This indirectly is tantamount to contempt of court and should be deemed outright illegal.
Anyone who thinks that the demonstration can be done peacefully if an unfavourable verdict is delivered, must seriously have their heads examined!
NO WIN SITUATION:
Here are the scenarios for the Government to comprehend if the demonstration is permitted:
1. 1. If the ex-convict in question is convicted again, there will be chaos in the streets and condemnation of the judicial system implicating the government in the same breath.
2. 2. On the other hand, if he is acquitted, the Judiciary will be given a soft pat in the back and the government will be whacked with maximum ridicule while he comes out of the courthouse to loud cheers and celebrations akin to receiving Gandhi and Mandela together at the same time!
3. 3. Either way, the foreign media will have a field day producing edits to the parts that can do the most damage to the reputation of our police force and Country, just to sell their story and to make investors turn to their countries as preference.
4. 4. It only takes one “twit” to start something and police aggression will be shown on youtube even before the officers reach home for dinner!
Now imagine the number of cameras and resources needed to cover the entire comic show just to prove to the Rakyat later as suggested, that the Police force were well within their jurisdiction and not aggressive in nature while handling the crowd especially the students in participation.
We will have to work triple time in explaining and defending our actions when we’re supposed to go to the ground and explain Najib’s successful transformation plan for the country instead.
Let us cut our losses even before we enter into this shoddy arrangement with the opposition. It doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to realize that allowing the “show” to go on will take its toll on us, politically and economically. We should ban it altogether and remand all the masterminds and leaders of these cell movements organizing the demonstration until after the 9th and deal with the repercussions head on, which is easier to handle now than later.
SUGGESTIONS IF THE DEMONSTRATION IS PERMITTED
Seek a change of venue to hear the verdict without changing the date if possible. This is because:
1. 1. Monday is a working day and allowing 100,000 people into the fringes of the City will hinder law abiding and economy generating citizens from reaching their place of work on time, slowing down growth for the day and costing the Country millions of Ringgit.
2. 2 Even if only 10 thousand people were to attend the protest, being confined in Jalan Duta will make it believable when the foreign media spins it to say 200 thousand people were in attendance.
3. 3. Having it done at Putrajaya at The Palace of Justice, they’d need more than 300 thousand to make it look reasonably filled. And it will also ease the traffic for responsible citizens on the way to earn their keep in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
USE PSYCHOLOGY AND COMMON SENSE
In general and not necessarily related to the topic above, I urge those who are in the position to give out orders on behalf of the Prime Minister to employ some psychology and a lot of common sense in executing their instructions. Seek counsel from the more intelligent people you are giving instructions to instead of making them shut up and take in the orders without question. This might help to drive the nail straight through with one pound instead of driving it in crooked.
For instance, it was correct to have the interview with Raja Petra Kamaruddin and we scored a lot of important points there, but it would have helped to convince the people more of the truth from him if:
1. 1. He was asked not to look like a cross between Benny Hill and the skipper from Gilligan’s Island talking facts but sounding like a half-pissed lawyer at the Selangor Club back in the 80s. (If President Obama were to wear a jester’s outfit giving out the most important speech, which is The State Of The Union in the House of Congress, do you think he would be taken seriously by anyone?).
2. 2. The interview was NOT done in a Hotel Suite and in Singapore, to which we returned the most wanted man in the City State captured in Johor last year. I leave the rest to your inquisitive imagination.
3. 3. The video published on youtube, with RPK’s consent I presume, could have been better executed instead of appearing like a cheaply produced recording from a hidden camera.
If This Is The Kind Of Help That Our Prime Minister Is Getting From His Cabinet And Situational Think-Tanks, Then The BN Political Atmosphere Cries Loud For A Major Reshuffle Putting In The Prime Minister’s New Team, Flushing Out Laggards Including His Cousin And His Nemesis From Johor Heading The Higher Education Ministry Not At All Being Productive And Responsible.
The Elections Can Come Later Within The Realms Of Our Five-Year Tenure Letting The New Team Prove Themselves Appearing As A “Sneak Preview” To The New Leadership Under Najib If He Gets The Full Mandate By The People.
Barring The Hard-Serving Deputy Prime Minister, We Need To Change The Faces From Johor In The New Cabinet. Lethargy And Complacency Has Set In On The Long Serving Ministers And Despite The False Perception Within UMNO, There Are Younger And More Capable Leaders Who Are Willing And Able To Carry The Aspirations And The Momentum Of The Current Prime Minister.
PS: NOTE TO THE PM.
Reshuffle The Cabinet And Hold Off The Elections To A Later Date Sir! Take Back The Home Ministry And Appoint A Feared Deputy Minister To Assist You. You Need People And Groups Who Dare To Do Right, Willing To Tell You The Truth, And Have Common Sense Coupled With Intelligence To Execute A Good Plan With Precision. It Is Time To Get Everyone On The Same Page As You Dato’ Sri. Currently, They Seem To Be Lost And Not Up To Your Speed. We On The Ground Have Tried Everything, Even Swore An Oath To Be True. But Now We Are Waiting For Your Peers To Keep It Solemn.
If This Demonstration Is Allowed, Then We Would Have Played Into The Opposition’s Hand Like Monkeys To Peanuts. It Would Take Us 10 Steps Back After Forging 2 Good Steps Ahead Under Your Fine Initiative With Not Much Time To Play With Before D-Day.
Reflect On It Sir And Have A Safe Journey To South Africa.