The Maharaja Wears No Clothes (and No Better Policy Alternatives)

Farish A. Noor’s “The Maharaja Wears No Clothes” at The Other Malaysia on PKR:

A series of similar letdowns and non-shows have disappointed us all, and with that so have the admiration and respect waned. I am not the first and only one to say this, but others have noted too that the party now seems to be a case of all ’sound and fury, signifying nothing’ – to quote the leader’s favourite playwright. The Maharaja has lost his charm. The mojo has gone. And the party stands naked, exposed for what it is.

True, and I am speaking about Malaysia opposition in general: so much “sound and fury” but no substantive counter-offers. For many countries that have a Westminster system of government, the opposition forms an alternative cabinet to the government’s, whose members shadow or mark each individual member of the government. It is the Shadow Cabinet’s responsibility to pass criticism on the current government and its respective legislation, as well as offering alternative and better policies. Note the last bit about better alternatives: there is where our current opposition are severely lacking – a lot of polemical rants and rhetoric but does not lay out to the rakyat another better way.

The Prime Minister will launch Malaysia’s New Economic Model (which will form the basis and direction of the country’s economy in the future) next month. This is a chance for the opposition, if they are serious about captivating the voters in their own abilities to lead the country, to come up with a New and Better Economic Model – a alternative proposal that is substantive and long on specifics, and not like an nebulous election manifesto that is soon conveniently forgotten as soon as the election posters and banners are cleared from the streets


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