Mahathir’s Dilemma

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Shahir Adnan.

Since the very beginning of my awareness in politics or at least what politic is being perceived in Malaysia, the name Mahathir Mohamad will pop out after every 5 sentences of any political discussions or arguments.

If Syed Saddiq, when he was still green in politics, thought Lim Guan Eng of DAP is the embodiment of evil, Mahathir Mohamad is – on the other hand – the embodiment of the turbulent love-hate relationship between this county and its people.

Mahathir was once a household name for all the right reasons, now as slowly as he ages and fades, so does the respect and adoration once enjoyed by this ruthless yet sharp (in words and actions) politician. Mahathir was the young Turk, he was instrumental in showing the doors to Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Abdullah Badawi and the latest, Najib Razak.

One would argue he slayed himself too when he suddenly resigned earlier this year. A move that triggered Langkah Sheraton and paved way to Tan Sri Muhyiddin – not Anwar Ibrahim – to be sworn as Malaysia’s ninth Prime Minister.

“Don’t listen to what he says, instead pay attention to what he does”, was the wisest advice given to me when trying to predict Mahathir’s next move. Perhaps, the revered movie Queen’s Gambit on Netflix was inspired by Mahathir’s sleight of hands in Malaysia’s political stage often colored by dramas, scandals, mysteries, myths and sometimes magic too.

Has Mahathir overstayed his invitation? Has Mahathir lost his marbles? Has Mahathir spelled the doom to his very long political career? Has Mahathir finally realised that, we, Malaysians have moved on? Is there any more tricks up Mahathir’s famous bush jacket’s sleeves? The answer is very clear to everyone else except Mahathir and his inner circle.

Mahathir’s dilemma is akin a worried father wondering if he should let his daughter off the walker and walk freely. He was afraid that the daughter might fall and cry. He protected her, her bubble wrapped her, he shielded her from burning sunlight, he kept boys’ stares away from her, and he did all he could to keep his daughter, stays as a daughter. He failed to see that this lovely girl has grown up to be a beautiful, independent lady. He failed to let go. It is time to let go. It is way overdue.

Let today be a reminder to all politicians out there. No matter how sincere, noble and altruistic your intentions are, sometimes it is just wise to let the nature runs its course. Let our motherland Malaysia bloom freely, for the daughter has grown way out of the wrap of her father’s little finger.

His intentions are pure. His contributions are countless and envied by many. His selflessness and love for the country is impossible to challenge. We must now let Mahathir Mohamad move on. We must let Mahathir Mohamad be just Mahathir, the husband, the father, the grandfather, the great grandfather. The burden of the country should no longer be on his frail shoulders.

We owe this to Mahathir Mohamad, a great statesman. We owe this much to him. Love him or loathe him, we must let him go as he too, will let us go. If that is not the love-hate relationship, i don’t know what is. – MalaysiaGazette

Ketua Dewan Pemuda Ikatan Malaysia (DPIM), Shahir Adnan

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