BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Karamjit Gill, via e-mail

‘Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.’ – Norman Cousins

For years we fought for truth. We went into the battlefield with knives knowing the enemy on the opposite had guns. We bled on the streets. We slept on pavements. We painstakingly embraced accountability and brawled for justice. All we wanted was a change.

Pakatan’s latest prime ministerial candidate is nothing but a dagger to the heart. The man BBC once labeled as paranoid and corrupt seems to be the only hope for the Opposition glory hunters. Back then international media said Malaysia under Dr Mahathir cannot be saved. How right were they.

Malaysia indeed cannot be saved! Embracing the world’s biggest nepotistic kleptocrat for the sake of convenience highlights weakness in your own ranks of leadership.

The late Karpal Singh and Nik Aziz Nik Mat fought for decades but never gave up. They patiently stirred mini whirlpools till a tsunami hit the ruling coalition. They towed along the lines of truth.

A year before he passed away, Karpal made a promise that should Pakatan win Putrajaya then the first person they will detain is Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He added that Pakatan will then make Mahathir answer for his 22 years of mismanagement, abuse of power and the great wealth of his sons.

This promise has died together with the great Tiger of Jelutong. Even the plea of Karpal’s daughter would not bring back the father’s dream to save Malaysia.

The current DAP Baru does not believe in accountability. They forget that glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.

The spectacle of being an interim prime minister awaiting royal pardon for the release of Anwar Ibrahim and then stepping down is as foolish as swimming in a river of crocodiles and expecting not to be eaten. A snake can shed its skin multiple times but it still remains a snake.

Mahathir has once again outplayed the Opposition in their own backyard. Of the 165 parliamentary seats in Peninsula, PPBM got the lion’s share of seats.

By chance if PPBM is the party that wins most seats amongst the Oppostion parties in the general election, be assured that Mahathir stepping down for Anwar will only remain a dream.

Indians as usual were left in oblivion, Hindraf and Mira New Gen Party would probably need to find a new shelter to pursue their feeble politics.

Mahathir is a master at shadow pupetting. A promise of position and glory would sway any individual from opposing him. The few credibly ones left would easily be outnumbered. Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would easily be overthrown and Mukhriz will become the new number two.

If Mahathir is indeed clean and innocent he would agree to be investigated for all the alleged ill practices. Anybody should be accountable for their actions be it in the present or the past.

If you think this is blabbering, you would have said exactly the same thing just a few years ago if someone told you Mahathir would be the head of the Opposition. Malaysian politicians have reminded us that in Malaysia anything is indeed boleh!

Take Selangor for an example. Menteri Besar Azmin Ali is yet to sever ties with PAS because chopping PAS could unroot him as the state chief.

Thomas Sowell perfectly described the world of politics when he said, “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems”.

At this rate, I suggest that the Opposition should slow down on tongue lashing Najib Razak. If Mahathir does go against the rest upon resuming power, then we might just see Najib being forgiven and being made the leader of the Opposition to go against Mahathir.

Apparently, such occurrences is normal in Malaysia. We wouldn’t want to be licking our own spit again, would we?