“I pray each day for the Almighty’s salvation for my country, Malaysia”
– Former Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
“Besides, he [Tan Sri Muhyiddin] is starting this party to take revenge against Umno… Allah won’t support this.”
– Umno Permanent Chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin
Reacting to the latest piece of draconian legislation, the National Security Council (NSC) Act which provides wide-sweeping and arbitrary powers to the prime minister, the country’s Iron Lady, former federal minister, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, has come out with a poignant and pointed critique of the state of the nation as it is conditioned by the present Prime Minister.
According to her latest Facebook post:
“It shows how bad things have become…when we can no longer govern ourselves…but need all kinds of ‘laws’ to be enacted…and fences to corral us…like cattle.”
“We now have given new and distorted meanings to the concept of things such as loyalty, support, and governance.”
“We see the young feeling disappointed. And those of my era seeing what had been painstakingly built…being chiselled away and demolished.”
According to her, what has been built by her generation of leaders has now been eroded and destroyed with the nation now entering into the global list of the bad and ugly. This whitewashing of her ‘Mahathirian’ past and demonizing of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak regime is clearly self-serving but many Malaysians appear willing to give it a pass, such is the depth of the present antipathy to the current leadership.
Rafidah’s impassioned plea echoes very much what the opposition, and now, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, have been saying. But she has also been careful to point out – for reasons everyone is fully aware of – that she is not involved in any plot or conspiracy to discredit or topple the Prime Minister.
What’s God got to do with it?
Rafidah must know too that she is not alone. Rival invocations for the Almighty’s intervention and wrath against those opposing the Prime Minister and his leadership, and Allah’s blessings for those in power are taking place regularly in the mosques as well as Umno assemblies, and these are amplified by the Malay mass media.
When it comes to praying for change, she is outnumbered by those leading the prayers for the preservation of the status quo and decimation of the opposition.
It is futile for her and those of similar ilk to think that their prayers which place the country’s fate in God’s hands are in any way superior or can be more readily answered compared with those voiced by Badruddin Amiruldin, Datuk Jamil Khir, Datuk Paul Low, Zakir Naik and the other assorted ‘religious’ devouts perched aloft the Barisan bandwagon.
Unfortunately too, history is replete with examples of dictators, tyrants and autocrats who have remained long in power, despite unending calls for divine intervention by the populace.
God, it appears, favours the prayers of the strong and powerful rather than the meek and oppressed. Or perhaps God has a peculiar sense of humour and prefers to stand on the side line when it comes to the bad and evil found in the world of his creation.
Change is in your own hands, Rafidah
When positive or negative change takes place in history, it is not due to the hidden hand of God working in mysterious ways but rather because of the actions of mortals, individually and collectively.
Besides praying, this is what Rafidah, former Umno Wanita leader, may want to do to ensure a better future for our younger generation:
1. A personal message of appeal to Umno Wanita leaders and members reminding of the importance of woman power in societal reform and urging them to take the lead where Malay men have failed.
2. Organizing a joint appeal with past BN leaders calling on the Prime Minister to do the honourable thing and resign. There is always safety in numbers and the fact that she is held in high esteem by her Barisan Nasional colleagues makes her eminently qualified to lead the charge against Prime Minister Najib from within.
There is still time – despite our rapid slide into the ranks of failed states – to undo the mess in the country.
Lost money may have gone down the drain but it is replaceable.
Lost national sense of integrity, decency and self respect are much harder to replace; and prayers will not help regain these which are lost.
Lim Teck Ghee