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【独家翻译文】抗拒马哈迪的人
你们有改朝换代的替代方案吗?

在我们的一生中,我们有时候难免要作出艰难的决定。不是每一个决定都是完美无缺的。最重要的是,你尽了你的力。

前首相马哈迪跟反对党阵线结盟,尝试重新掌控马来西亚。他领导的政党,土著团结党,成功地团结了公正党、行动党和诚信党的领袖。

马哈迪的复出一方面给首相纳吉和他的巫统支持者带来困扰,另一方面也令很多人不满 “新” 的马哈迪-希盟阵容。他们以威胁的口吻说要杯葛第十四届大选。他们说将选票投给马哈迪等同于避坑落井。

他们的愤怒是多方面的。他们说,马哈迪的政策造成种族分裂。他们说,没有马哈迪,希盟也可以在大选中胜出。他们否定马来人对马哈迪效忠的推测,认为那是言过其实的。他们对于希盟的内斗也感到厌恶,觉得他们忙于彼此攻击多于同心协力打倒巫统

杯葛大选的人合理吗?他们是否自私和不负责任?

他们做任何事情都满意吗?未来的五年,他们乐以活在高物价、贪污、公务员懒散以及种族和宗教不容忍情况日益加剧的国度里吗?

一位人权积极分子兼政治观察员不认同那些因为不满马哈迪而威胁要杯葛大选的人。他说:“在利害关系当前,理想主义是种奢侈。”

不管你喜欢与否,我们都可以被比喻为马哈迪的“孩子”。他是马来西亚任期最久的首相,以铁腕手段统治我国长达22年。他在2003年辞去首相职位。他的政策影响到我们所有人,不管是在哪方面。

由于他的“马来人主权政策”(ketuanan policies), 非马来人的潜能没有得到充分地发挥机会。马来人都得到了报酬,不管他们是否有其价值。马哈迪退下后,他留下的是个分裂的国家。虽然马哈迪已经辞职, 但很多人都说他对国家的各种问题还保持密切的关注。

抨击和贬低马哈迪的人想要些什么? 只是抱怨而又不能提出解决问题的方案,那是无补于事的。投废票等同于将票投给巫统 / 国阵。放弃投票也意味着给巫统 / 国阵另一个五年的掌权机会。

马来西亚现在正处于十字路口。推翻60年苛政的机会一旦失去就不会回来了。如果第十四届大选不能改朝换代,极有可能我们的苦难会加剧。

马哈迪给我们改革的步伐增添了动力。我们必须充分利用这动力。很多人痛恨马哈迪的政策,但第十四届大选不是关系我们, 而是关系到重振马来西亚。

抗拒马哈迪的人也许有另一个打败巫统的计划。他们的计划是什么?

必须提醒马来西亚人的是,如果他们在第十四届大选实现了改朝换代,而希盟治国表现不理想,他们可以在第十五届大选再来个改朝换代。

作者: Mariam Mokhtar

By Mariam Mokhtar

There are times in life when you have to make tough decisions. Not every decision can be perfect, and you would be naive to think that each comes with a cast-iron guarantee. The most important thing is that you tried your best.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has teamed up with the opposition coalition to try and regain control of Malaysia. His party, PPBM, has managed to unite the leaders of PKR, DAP and PAS-breakaway party Amanah.

While news of Mahathir’s resurgence has upset many Umno-Baru supporters and definitely Prime Minister Najib Razak, many other Malaysians are also displeased with the “new” Mahathir-Pakatan Harapan (PH) line-up. They have threatened not to vote in GE14 because they claim that voting for Mahathir would be a jump from the frying pan into the fire.

Their anger is manifold. They say Mahathir’s policies sowed the seeds of disunity. They claim that PH can win on its own, without Mahathir. They dismiss the projection of Malay loyalty to Mahathir and claim that this may be overstated. They are also angry with the infighting among opposition parties, which seem to be busy trading blows with one another instead of bringing down Umno-Baru.

Are the Malaysians who will not vote in GE14 justified in staying at home, or are they being selfish and irresponsible?

Are they content to do nothing? Are they happy to live with high prices, corruption, incompetent civil servants and rising racial and religious intolerance for another five years?

One human rights activist and political observer disagrees with people who threaten to refrain from voting in GE14 just because they are displeased with Mahathir. He said, “Idealism is a luxury we cannot afford when the house is on fire.”

Like it or not, we are all Mahathir’s children, metaphorically. He was Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, and ruled with an iron fist for 22 years. He opted to resign in 2003 rather than overstay his welcome. His policies have affected all of us, in one way or another.

As a result of his ketuanan policies, the potential of the non-Malays was not fully realised. The Malays were rewarded, irrespective of their worth. When Mahathir left office, he also left a divided nation. He may have resigned, but it was alleged that he kept a close eye on various issues from a distance.

So, what do Mahathir’s detractors want? There is little point in moaning and not offering a solution. Spoiling their vote is akin to giving Umno-Baru/Barisan Nasional (BN) the vote. Abstaining from voting is, again, like giving Umno-Baru/BN another five years of power.

Malaysia is at a crossroads. The opportunity to overthrow 60 years of misrule will never present itself again, because if change does not happen after GE14, chances are that our descent will accelerate.

Mahathir has added to our momentum for change. We should capitalise on that. Many of us abhor his policies, but GE14 is not about us. It is about getting Malaysia back on its feet.

Perhaps the people who reject Mahathir can share their alternative plan for defeating Umno-Baru. What is their Plan B?

Malaysians needs to be reminded that if they vote for change in GE14, they can easily vote for another party in GE15 if PH under-performs.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.

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