Leave topsy-turvy politics to Malaya

The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.

—  Karl Kraus, Austrian writer

It’s fair to say that the return of the Parliament session this week was not smooth sailing, but then again, we didn’t expect anything different.

On the first day, we were shocked to learn that the Emergency Ordinances (EO) were revoked the week before.

Apparently, it was a closely guarded secret that no one bothered to tell until the Parliament sitting.

This led to a tailspin on whether the clock for the state election has ticked for Sarawak without the state leaders knowing about it.

Then on July 29, a stunning royal rebuke shook Parliament as Istana Negara denied that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had assented to revoke the Emergency Ordinances as claimed by the government.

Chaos ensued in Parliament as the sitting was adjourned for five times. It will resume on Monday. At this moment, nothing is certain.

The public uproar stemmed from the alleged ‘treason’ by the government to the Agong with regard to the revocation of EO, but the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a later statement claimed otherwise.

As of writing, the situation is developing and one can only hope that it can be resolved amicably, without landing us in another political impasse.

For Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), its secretary-general Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi in a statement on July 29 night called for calm to ensure political stability in the nation.

“In a situation where the country is facing a pandemic crisis Covid-19 and trying to recover national economy, political stability is desperately needed.

“We need to focus on the success of the National Recovery Plan for the sake of people’s wellbeing and health as well as economic recovery.

“Together we pray that the political turmoil that has plagued the country ends soon and the country is free of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

When GPS formed the federal government alongside Perikatan Nasional (PN) early last year, its objective was to save Malaysia and bring stability back to the nation.

Among others, it led to a successful containment of the first wave of Covid-19 where we succeeded to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases to zero in July last year.

It also allowed numerous assistance packages such as Prihatin, Pemerkasa, Penjana and Pemulih to be introduced to offer a lifeline to those affected by Covid-19.

In terms of the return of Sarawak’s rights back to the state, the powers that be in the federal administration had ensured that national oil and gas company paid its owed State Sales Tax (SST) to the state government.

This is along with facilitating greater involvement of the state government in the state oil and gas industry, with Sarawak’s own oil and gas company given the rights to onshore oil mining.

All these are great successes and was a major upgrade for Sarawakians after being bullied into submission by the previous federal government.

But regrettably, it comes to this point — while Sarawakians are grateful people and we cherish the gifts that were given during the fruitful collaboration, Malaya must sort itself once and for all.

Alleged royal treason doesn’t sound right, it never does. The government has to right this wrong and if need be, heads must roll — as crude as it may sound.

Individuals who made blunders which led to loggerheads between the administration and Istana Negara must go. They should do so honourably instead of being removed forcibly.

The nation, amid the spike to five-digits of daily Covid-19 cases, cannot afford to lose its focus to politics once again. It did so during the Sabah state election and suffice to say, it didn’t benefit anyone.

For Sarawakians, what it serves is a lesson in mature politics and ensuring stability while we indulge in our democratic practices.

We now know what a nation in turmoil looks like, feels like and we’d be sure to make smart choices in the future.

Sarawak is among, if not, the last bastion of sane politics in the nation.

We don’t see buffoons in our State Assembly chambers shouting non-stop to score brownie points among their gullible supporters. This must be protected at all costs.

The young people must be educated to know that politics, in contrast to what is happening in Malaya shouldn’t be made to entertain; it should be uneventful, dull and insipid.

It is with politics like this that the state can prosper and be developed to benefit all.