Time to return the national mandate to the rakyat

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In line with Independence Day today, I recall that glorious days in 2018 when Malaysians as a whole dethroned the Barisan Nasional under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

It was truly a memorable moment and many us looked forward to a better Malaysia and a time when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would helm the leadership.

Unfortunately, it was a huge mistake for the Pakatan Harapan leadership to place their trust in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and within a short period, he revealed his true colours, and our dreams were shattered with the backdoor government’s entry.

As anticipated, the Perikatan Nasional government did not last long, and recently paved the way for another very fragile recycled government.


The rakyat never got their mandate back and once again the person who truly and honestly should be the prime minister, which is of course, Anwar was denied the position.

It was a free for all and suddenly we saw Dr Mahathir’s boy, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal joining the chorus to lobby for the premiership.

Personally, I felt very distressed over Shafie’s sudden interest and could only conclude that it was the work of none other than Dr Mahathir.

Shafie was merely following instructions and as everyone knows Dr Mahathir will do everything he can to stop Anwar from being PM.

Shafie personally lost plenty of respect when he suddenly entered the race to be PM, which was clearly evident with what happened with Upko next.

Shafie has no proven track record to be a prime minister as even his leadership of Sabah when he was the CM did not yield many positive results.

As a Sabahan, I did not see any major improvements for the rakyat and the poor were still very much left neglected.

I hope Shafie realises he is being manipulated by Dr Mahathir and stops this nonsense and instead backs Anwar in the coming GE15.

It is time for the rakyat to regain the true mandate and elect a leader whom they truly respect and want, to lead the nation.

Anwar has paid his dues and has given the nation something to hope for. It is time for him to lead.

The views expressed here are strictly those of The True Net reader Nik Imran Nik Hussein from Emparang Kajang, Sabah.