A call for us to take charge in the next general elections, and bring government back into the hands of the rakyat.
“And what reason have you that you will not fight in the way of God and of the weak among the men and the women and the children, who cry out, ‘Lord, deliver us from this town, whose people are oppressors. Give us from Thee a guardian and give us from Thee a helper’.” - Surah 4 verse 75 of the Holy Qur’an.
“Your riches and your children may be but a trial, but in the presence of God is the highest reward.” - Surah 64 verse 15 of the Holy Qur’an.
“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To God we belong, and to Him is our return’. They are those on whom descend blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” - Surah 2 verses 155-157 of the Holy Qur’an.
Of late, much of my time has been spent getting in touch with some of the finest people I know, imploring them to offer themselves as independent candidates in the next general election.
By finest, I mean persons who, in my estimation (and yours, too, if you knew who they were), are of unquestionable integrity.
Persons who, if elected as independent candidates in the next general election, can be counted on to not sell their souls when BN comes a calling with millions, maybe even billions of ringgit as inducements to betray the rakyat.
If we are to have any chance of seeing a regime change post-13th GE which will not capitulate to the filthy, corrupt overtures that BN will surely make to re-capture federal power, we will need a buffer of the finest Malaysians in Parliament as independent MPs to frustrate BN’s efforts to topple the new regime ala the Perak crisis.
In my estimation, 20 such independent MPs might just be about enough.
More will not hurt the cause.
Most of these individuals I have approached though, are truly reluctant politicians.
Good people with good ideas, but with little desire for power.
The type of people we need in parliament.
I have urged them to see a term in parliament as a term of national service, to aid in rehabilitating our national institutions.
The police force.
I have shared with them the details of the initiative and most see it as a worthy effort.
Most, however, offer reasons why they cannot step forward.
I received this SMS five days ago from one of those persons :
“Haris, I have thought about this very carefully. Thank you for thinking of me. Unfortunately I have to decline due to some personal issues that need my attention over the next 6 months.”
Most reasons come down to the same thing :
‘I see the need for that which you propose but I can’t get involved. Let someone else see to it.’
My father’s generation said the same.
As did my own, for a long, long time.
And that’s why this country is where it is today.
Haris is an overweight sperm passing through and waiting to return to Mothership. Follow him at the People’s Parliament and @harismibrahim on Twitter.