The hard work begins now

Malaysia has welcomed back political veteran Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its seventh prime minister.

Previously leading the long-ruling Barisan Nasional from 1981 to 2003, the 92-year-old premier now leads Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) to form a new government. Other than seeking Anwar Ibrahim’s earlier release from prison, the new government also promised to abolish goods and service tax (GST), and to review the country’s loans from China.

It is a new page in Malaysian history and many are putting a lot of hope in the new government. Mahathir is going to appoint Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah as the deputy prime minister, while waiting for Anwar to make a political comeback to take over as the 8th prime minister of Malaysia.

The Mahathir-Anwar combination has proved to be powerful enough to win comfortably large majority in many parliament seats. And some would see it as a good direction that should have happened 20 years ago.

As Anwar Ibrahim wrote in his short note before the election, he urged the people to help Mahathir fix the country. That is absolutely right.

Let us face it: Malaysians need to put in a lot of hard work to rebuild the country. If we sit down comfortably with a great expectation that the government should do everything for us, we will surely go through the disappointment felt by Taiwanese when they elected Chen Shui-Bian to end Kuomintang’s long rule and subsequently Ma Ying-Jeou to take over from Chen, who was dogged by corruption scandals.

I wish that the federal ministers will do their job well and help Mahathir fix the country. My viewpoint is that rule of law is one good point to start with, as Mahathir mentioned in one of his after-election press conferences. Debt problem is another main issue the new government vows to fix. With rule of law and better finances, other matters will catch up slowly.

We all Malaysians have a duty to help make the country great again.

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