They ain’t warriors, none of them are

A warrior takes responsibility for his acts, for the most trivial of acts. An average man acts out his thoughts, and never takes responsibility for what he does.

— Carlos Castaneda, American author

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

Mexican revolution leader Emiliano Zapata said these famous words at the back of the country’s 1910 revolution which he was the leading figure of, and until now is revered as a nationalist symbol and an iconic figure — a warrior by all definitions.

Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir who is of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) quoted Zapata, albeit in Malay, “Biar mati berdiri, dari hidup melutut” in a tweet justifying his actions and 12 others when they opposed the 2021 Budget in parliament on Thursday.

As of writing, the tweet is still up. The son to the nonagenarian Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad still does not realise how thick his tweet is.

He’s not a warrior. All 13 MPs who opposed 2021 Budget were not. For them to think so would be incredibly naïve and delusional.

The 13 comprise MPs from Pejuang, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and depending on which source you believe, one each from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

All these people are opposition parties who have repeatedly in the past called out the government for not being sensitive to the need of the people — all went to the whole nine yards to oppose “tyranny” and “injustices”.

But explain this, with them opposing the 2021 Budget, it effectively means that they are comfortable with rejecting the federal government’s aid to the people who are strapped for cash amid Covid-19.

They are comfortable and they saw it fit to prioritise political milage, political relevancy and fulfil the insatiable desire for their base to go all out on a “high and mighty” crusade.

They don’t give two hoots about the people. To them, they’re all peasants who they need to rile up for support occasionally when they need their votes. Is that not the case?

Isn’t depriving the people of what they need most for them to live their lives in comfort and denying them their rights the textbook definition of tyranny?

These MPs who I believe are well-off are apparently for all intents and purposes felt that the people need not be assisted; they are able to survive, they just have to work harder!

Regardless of how they would spin it, justify their actions through numerous explanations and speeches, the fact remains that these people put politics over the welfare of the masses.

It is not understandable why they would resort to this when it is well understood that the 2021 Budget is crucial to the people’s lives and livelihood.

Perhaps they know that their time is up and that they would have do something to be noticed; recognised — and for all eyes of the public to know that they exist.

Before their antics on Thursday, the common view held by the people is that these 13 MPs in particular won’t be re-elected come GE15.

Pejuang is a party made up of long-expired and irrelevant veterans. There is no way I would see Langkawi MP Mahathir at the ripe age of 98 being elected in GE15 in 2023. Without the grand old man, the party has no reason for being.

Amanah on the other hand is a splinter of PAS, whose political position is “anything goes” and public support is now close to non-existent. I mean, who supports Amanah? Nobody!

If you weren’t paying attention, two of the MPs who were reported by eagle eyed journalists were Selangau MP Baru Bian and Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol — both Sarawakians — and to which I don’t share any feeling of pride with.

Baru’s team on his social media page boasted that the MP stood up in Parliament in not supporting the 2021 Budget — as if it is a good thing. I am in no position to dole out PR advice, but really?

The other PSB MP, which people might forget is Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat, who was not among those who stood up and opposed the 2021 Budget. So, it is clear this is not a party position but rather, it is just grandstanding on the former’s part.

Mordi, who is among the few Dayaks who rose through the ranks in DAP, was similarly just that
They are not warriors, none of them are. The people of Sarawak should put them in their place. We need people fighting for us, not against us.