So it looks as if we have to wait for the September sitting before we can have a vote of confidence. The PM appears to have bought some time.
Many have since countered: if the PM is so confident he has enough support in Parliament, then he should prove it in Parliament pronto – like within a week. Read the Aliran statement.
If we have to wait till September …. well, so many jokes and memes are circulating about kataks and the tempting offers they are likely to receive.
Seriously, the country cannot afford this kind of political uncertainty, when we should be deliberating how to extract the nation from the mess it is in. We need an emergency sitting of Parliament now.
Amid all the surrounding pessimism, I am sometimes asked if there is hope for Malaysia. Yes! Not so much from the present lot of leaders but our hope lies in segments of our youth: brave, articulate, inclusive, multi-ethnic in their orientation, many with creative talents – even though they face many everyday challenges (read Francis Loh’s article). They are the future, and like Scrooge’s Ghost of Christmas Future, they give us a glimpse of the more inclusive and just Malaysia Future we yearn for.
Our leaders have a lot to learn from them.
Perhaps the final word should go to one of our writers, who urges us to take ownership of our country and our destiny.