REMEMBER when we were kids and we had to follow our parents’ rules even if we disagreed and wanted to rebel sometimes?
Often we wondered how come the adults could do things they disallowed us to and told us “because I’m an adult” and you’re a child and as long as you live under my roof, it’s my rules”?
Well I guess that must be the feelings of grassroots members in Pakatan Harapan (PH) now, if the same analogy could be applied.
For one thing, they are allowed to voice their disagreements but things would not have changed anyway. Either that or they will be told to be silent through gag orders.
Their “parents” have already made up their minds and who are you “kids” to disagree?
You’re still a kid and act like one. Your voice is not important! It’s my house, my rules!
Well, “parents” today have to concede that “children” these days do not simply conform without putting up a fight first.
The days of being dictated are over and they are now more critical and analytical. They will make sure their quiet rebels do not go unheard.
While certain leaders are trying their mighty best to silence their grassroots and other “insignificant” members even leaders in order to conceal differences, they have forgotten that in this social media era even the slightest whimper can cause a stir.
What is happening in Pakatan Harapan is exactly that. While the parents (top leadership) are busy making big decisions just so they can contest and win in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in this case the general election (GE) and expect their children (ordinary members and grassroots leaders) to just accept their decisions without brickbats.
The major concern of the grassroots leaders and members is one thing: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad being named Prime Minister elect!
It is like a replay of their worst nightmare. Imagine having managed to ward off a monster who lived under your bed for the past 22 years and now it’s back to haunt you? No thanks to the parents who opened the door to welcome him back!
Maybe the old folk are a bit senile and have forgotten how terrified their children were of the monster but what kind of parents allow monsters into the home anyway?
Their fear is not unfounded as their past scars are still there to remind them of the hardship and battles they have fought but alas, their parents have decided to kiss and make up with the monster from their past.
People like Sangeet Kaur Deo of the DAP, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Datuk Seri Mohamad Azmin Ali, of PKR, deemed the voices of minority have questioned the logic of making Tun Mahathir PM all over again after having gone through some tough times under his leadership.
They grew up watching their fathers and close friend being thrown into jail under the Internal Security Act (ISA) implemented by the same person their “parents” are now befriending.
Sangeet, the daughter of the the late DAP great, Karpal Singh, is critical of Pakatan’s choice of a Prime Minister should the alliance take over Putrajaya.
Her reason was not invalid as she voiced fears of many others of the return to the Mahathirism era of dictatorship besides the alliance being bankrupt of long-term strategies.
While it is unclear what PAN’s stand is on the matter, PKR’s Nurul Izzah has come to Sangeet’s support, saying Pakatan needed to “start appreciating every voice” while Azmin too, agreed.
This new breed of members and leaders from PH component parties are trying their mighty best to shut the opened door now.
Azmin said party members’ views should be respected and taken into consideration in making decisions while Sangeet who first voiced her disagreement has been supported by Nurul Izzah.
“This was a big decision. We certainly need to base it on consensus,” Azmin was quoted as saying.
At least the Selangor Mentri Besar did not neglect the views of grassroots members as he said they were to be respected and taken into consideration in making decisions.
Perhaps it is high time for both “parents” and “children” to learn to agree on disagreeing? Or it that something too impossible for them?
How then are they going to even run in the elections and to ensure a win without catfights and mudslinging? How are they going to become good leaders to govern the nation?