If Mahathir Wins Elections
What's the Impact On Singapore?
Across the causeway, there has been alot of buzz going on about one person in Malaysia's Politics and that would be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Have it occurred to you, what's the impact on us Singaporeans if Tun Dr Mahathir wins the Malaysian elections set to take place by August this year?
Over the past few years, from the time I was still active in the civil service and now a normal citizen, there has been so many meetings between PM Lee Hsien Loong and his counterpart, Dato' Sri Najib Razak. There ranged from cordial meetings between themselves and members of their cabinet, to the remarkable land parcel swap deal that took place on 24th of May 2010 after a leader's retreat in Singapore. It was largely due to the fact that bilateral relationship between both our countries were at it's best, a stark contrast if there were two different leaders at the helm.
I was talking about Tun Mahathir and the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. If they were in fact at the tables trying to negotiate the deal, or any deal, the outcome would have been a stark contrast of what the current two leaders have achieved!
Before any of you start mouthing off saying that I'm trying to butter up to the ruling party, let's just pause a moment and give a thought, or two about what I've just said.
If Tun Mahathir wins
Pakatan Harapan Coalition and Anwar Ibrahim
There would definitely be some form of turmoil, uncertaintly, or unrest that would unfold after his win. There's Dato Sri' Anwar Ibrahim waiting to reassume the mantle of leader, he's currently barred from participating in any elections due to his prison term where Mahathir is reportedly trying to obtain a Royal Pardon for Anwar Ibrahim. This would surely have a potential rift between Mahathir and his former protege(Anwar) fighting for leadership. I mean, it's very very difficult for us Malays to let bygones be bygones man.
The Chinese Members of the Ruling Coalition (if PKR wins)
Let's not forget the Chinese candidates that's running under the PKR wing. If Pakatan Harapan wins, the DAP also wins a spot in the Dewan Rakyat(Parliament). And being a minority, there will always be alot of hiccups along the way.
The question now begs, will Mahathir hold true to his wisdom and grit?
Fact is, Mahathir had been in a position of power for a bulk of his political career. He had such a grip on power, akin to that of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew during his time in power, that both didn't had any much trouble quashing whatever stood in their way.
The tackle here is, Mahathir will not be having that same kind of power he had while in Barisan Nasional. He may have a shot to get back power after this years elections, but he will have to deal with new challenges from within his party. Ghost of his haunted past(Anwar Ibrahim), his appetite on having to give in(or not) to a minority group within the ruling coalition will all be quite a handful for him to juggle as premier in the new government. And even if he gives way to Anwar as promised, the burden is just passed to poor Dato Sri Anwar, who has been facing the shittiest decade of his life after being jailed by Tun Mahathir himself.
All that talk about Malaysia's politics, how does this all affect Singapore?
The PAP or Singapore in general would rather prefer a stabilised Malaysia, rather than having a city that's revolting and trying to oust their leader. We wouldn't want to be cornered into a situation where our neighbor ends up like Thailand whose political woes are worse than Malaysia's; or ending up with a situation where civil unrest is high and eventually turning the country into a warzone like the situation that become of Egypt and Syria.