Today is the first anniversary of the political tsunami that hit Malaysia. There are plenty of lessons our politicians should have been learned by now but in many cases, especially the Umno politicians, they are still in denial mode. Every thing has still remained the same after one year. In some cases, they have become even more insular and racist, believing that the race card is the only way to win back the votes. They have failed to notice that in many protests, it is the Malays who are out in the front, not the Chinese and Indians. In past elections, it was the non-Malays who threw the lifeline to Umno because they could not accept PAS.
For the Pakatan Rakyat, the loafty principles which they preached have been compromised by them long ago. They pushed for mass defections and hope to seize a democratically elected government. So, they set the Sept 16 deadline and many were indeed fooled into believing. A year later, the patch work has surfaced as in Penang, where below par politicians were put into offices and they seemed unable to live up to expectations. In Perak, two PKR exco members were arrested for corruption. In the case of Elizabeth Wong, the theory has continued that she was a victim of internal politics. But is this all important when the financial tsunami is coming our way? See my column on what the politicians have ignored.