Despite one can dismiss this as another dumb statement from the PAS leader where he openly says that the liberalisation of the capitalist-based economy & not an Islamic one is the root of the suffering of the people, the question is what makes or breaks the economy of the country like how it did in Venezuela? Image source: Malaysiakini/Twitter
I always regarded Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang as a true Statesman who had only looked at things beyond race & religion and had always fought for the rights of ordinary Malaysians. Here’s the photo of him being sworn in as a Member of Parliament for the first time in 1971 at the age of 30. He was elected in 1969 but Parliament was suspended for two years under an Emergency. Image source: Free Malaysia Today.
In a matured democracy, the Parliament serves many purposes and one of the key components to prove that democracy is alive & kicking is the role played by the Opposition side of the Government. Without a strong Opposition to keep the Government on its toes, the Parliament will be is nothing but a mere rubber stamp to all the nonsense that the Government will do. Image source: The Net
It is not an ideal situation that many had expected where Pakatan Harapan signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) before the first sitting of the Parliament and is forced to work closely with the other side of the spectrum i.e. Barisan Nasional, GPS, and GRS in a unity government where the Prime Minister may be restricted in some areas. Image source: Free Malaysia Today
One cannot forget the many funny quotes uttered by the late Tun Samy Vellu who was the minister under Dr M’s cabinet handling 2 main portfolios covering public works, energy, telecommunication and post and who was also the long-serving president of the Malaysian India Congress (MIC). Image source: Wikipedia