So the MCO is being extended another two weeks. And after that, likely for a further fortnight, and then some.
The Perikatan gomen is visibly running the show while the Harapan government-in-waiting has been banished to a corner where they anxiously wait, twiddling their thumbs and counting off the calendar until parliament should resume its sitting.
Muhyiddin in his televised address to the nation just now reminded Malaysians to continue with the social distancing protocol. Ooopsy. This means that the DAP wannabes who are notorious for licking Mahathir’s toes will be required to keep their distance from PM-7.
Among the DAP polity in whose breast HOPE springs eternal, there still lingers anticipation for crumbs from the table should the opposition succeed in their ‘No Confidence’ vote against Muhyiddin’s premiership.
But the longer our coronavirus partial lockdown continues, the more irrelevant the DAP becomes.
If it were not for the abrupt pandemic, DAP would be leading street protests and running roadshows against what they call the “backdoor government”.
As it is, the government – the one that Harapan ideologues are labeling “illegitimate” – has confidently assumed emergency-like sweeping powers. Perikatan’s senior ministers council can put FRU on PJ roads to man roadblocks and even deploy soldiers to KL streets without Malaysians batting an eyelid.
BELOW: DAP’s geng muka tebal clinging on to their 2018 political appointments
The present regime in Putrajaya is a self-assuredly Bumiputera-Muslim one. Among Muhyiddin’s 32 full cabinet ministers, there is only one Chinese from MCA and one Indian from MIC.
The majority of the public has accepted that the administration is able to function fine without ethnic proportional representation. Or another way of putting it: Despite the marginalization of Chinese (95 percent of whom did not vote Perikatan), the federal government is humming quite along nicely, thank you, the public health crisis notwithstanding.
All that the DAP former ministers can do now is throw shade … criticizing the Finance Ministry, mocking the Women’s Ministry, and their latest — questioning decisions made by the Transport Ministry.
BELOW: Cross out Ean Yong Hian Wah who has already been removed as Port Klang Authority chairman
DAP bootlickers who owe Mahathir (feet-kissing fetish explained)
A silver lining behind the dark cloud of our current situation is the DAP’s relevance decreasing by the day. Weeks of MCO has proved that the country has no need of useless DAP noisemakers.
The wonderful sound of silence (all quiet from DAP’s Chinese lawmakers) is a national net gain albeit the YBs themselves personally incurring some loss of income.
Below is a brief description by Mahathir arch critic P. Gunasegaram on why some MPs remain loyal to a prime minister who has the power to dispense rewards and cascade benefits.
Quote: “The ministerial post comes with many privileges, including a purse which goes up by more than RM50,000 a month or RM600,000 a year in terms of additional salaries and allowances, including posh accommodation, cars, drivers and help. And then there is the opportunity to dispense patronage in the form of contracts, awards, publicity, introductions and so on, which can take the pay packet to much more than that …”
Bye Felicia. Don’t hold your breath waiting for DAP to make a comeback. And today is indeed a Good Friday.
Whole day holding on to the phone. My hands are numb.—
Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) February 24, 2020