Pakatan Harapan’s recent electoral success was widely attributed to the wave of the discontent widely dubbed the 'Malay tsunami', a phenomenon first predicted by DAP political education bureau chief Liew Chin Tong three years ago.
Now vindicated, Liew said the new government should not be too preoccupied with anticipating likely scenarios for the next general election, but rather focus on the work ahead.
“The Pakatan Harapan government shouldn't worry about this. What a new government should do well are the things that a government is supposed to do,” he told Malaysiakini in an interview on Tuesday.
Liew - who narrowly lost the Ayer Hitam seat to MCA's Wee Ka Siong in the recent polls - was asked what lay ahead for Harapan, and whether the coalition would likely come undone by internal stirrings of discontent now that it faces little external threat.
The Johor DAP chief stressed, however, that the political scenario in the next five years is still unpredictable, and the possibility of a third force rising to challenge Harapan’s hold on power cannot be ruled out.
On the other hand, the problems that the new government needs to tackle - institutional and economic reform, as well as issues pertaining to race relations - should take precedence, he believes.
I really admire Liew Chin Tong who has proven himself to be a real pakar strategist for DAP. As far back as 2015 he had already predicted the 'Malay tsunami' and by whatever different name or degree we may today wish to attribute to that Malay support for Pakatan, Chin Tong has nonetheless been spot on.
He has also been correct about Johor falling to Pakatan, a feat many at the time of his prediction had questioned for its improbability.
To sum it, Liew Chin Tong gives prescient prediction and advice. It would be wise to listen to his words.
He has just given his advice to the Pakatan Harapan government, namely, to tackle institutional and economic reform, as well as issues pertaining to race relations.
Institution reforms - Constitution, Judiciary, Senate, Civil Service, EC, ISA, etc were all mutilated and misused by Mahathir in his reign as 4th PM.
They had in their original forms provided check and balance to our government and also impartial elections, but which Mahathir in his former regime saw as impediments to his imperialistic plans.
I love to see this new government come to grips with them.
Economic reforms - Mahathir was a proven disastrous juggernaut in his style of cutting corners to hopefully achieve his style of economic and technological advancement. Let's have no more of his bullshits.
Race relationship - was worsened under the Mahathir regime when he was the 4th PM. Firstly let's get rid of the BTN as I had blogged 3 days ago in Get rid of BTN and JAKIM as well.
That was 3 days ago but 3 years ago I posted Bastardizing The Nation (BTN) in which I wrote (extracts):
The blog Loyarburok posted Pagar makan padi on 12 Dec 2009 informing us (extract):
PKR's Nik Nazmi, who had attended one of BTN's racist courses, has also called for an end to the BTN in MM Online's Scrap ‘racial, politically-motivated’ BTN, PKR MP urges.
Like JAKIM, another agency which should be disbanded because the Islamic religion is each state's preserve and should NOT be interfered with by the federal government, the BTN has a yearly budget of RM1.1 Billion. Dismiss both and the government save RM2.1 Billion each and every year.
Why is Mahathir quiet on his two pet organisations whilst dismissing so swiftly less harmful ones like SPAD, Pemandu, etc?
Liew Chin Tong has called for the new government to focus on reforms, but it seems the government has ignored him and is instead focusing on revenge.