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The Year That Was – 2017

From the formation of new political parties, street rallies, re-elections and Tissot watches, 2017 was truly a colourful year for the nation’s politics.

 

Amidst all this, the opposition continued to harp on the 1MDB issue, probably the only ammunition it has against Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, while its cyber lords attempted once again to discredit him at the Umno AGM.

 

The DAP finally held it’s long overdue CEC re-elections and as expected, the obsolete puppet master, Lim Kit Siang emerged with the highest number of votes.

 

Even after holding the re-election, there was still plenty of unhappiness among the members, many of whom believe the whole thing was rigged for Kit Siang and his son, Guan Eng to emerge victorious.

 

Prior to that, another obsolete leader, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad went ahead to form Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), along with other disgruntled Umno leaders.

 

Former vice-president, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal did the same in Sabah with the formation of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

 

However, one cannot escape his sins of the past and Warisan soon hit a stumbling block when Shafie was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for his alleged involvement in a RM3.3 billion scandal involving a government department in Sabah.

 

Though he was released after a week in remand and has since denied all involvement, the future of the party remains to be seen.

 

Overall, things are looking up for the BN as the economy continues on an upward trend, along with the people’s confidence.

 

The opposition clearly showed it is incapable of handling things on its own when Guan Eng, whose also the Penang Chief Minister was forced to make as SOS call to Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi during the major Penang floods.

 

The deputy premier did not show the slightest sign of hesitation as help was immediately dispatched to assist those in need.

 

This solidifies Najib’s previous statements that the BN would never turn its back on the rakyat even if it on opposition soil.

 

Another clear sign that the rakyat is losing any faith they had in the opposition was the poor turnout at the “Sayangi Malaysia, Hapus Kleptokrasi” (Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy) rally organised by Pakatan Harapan in October.

 

The turnout was a far cry from the target PH had earlier bragged about.

 

The only thing PH achieved during the rally was to upset certain groups of people when Tun Mahathir in his speech alleged that Malaysia was being led by a leader who descended from the Bugis pirates.

 

This not only irked Malaysians, but also their Indonesian neighbours and in particular the Selangor Sultan who had asked for Tun Mahathir to be investigated under the Sedition Act.

 

Tun Mahathir was willing to do or say anything, even if it meant hitting below the belt – something unbecoming of a former prime minister.

 

Why doesn’t he take the first step to shed light on the allegations against him pertaining to Bank Negara Malaysia’s Forex trade losses.

 

This has always been the problem with those in the opposition – they always never want to clear the skeletons in their own closets but are quick to pounce on others.

 

The rakyat still want to hear the truth behind the Forex scandal, while Guan Eng also has plenty of explaining to do over his alleged involvement in graft scandals.

 

With the general election looming, one can expect more salvos like this from the opposition as they scamper to gain the rakyat’s support.

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