I read this posting by Syed Akbar Ali in his blog and got quite depressed,
Fitch Downgrade Has Many Implications, Malaysia Unraveling
Going through it is like reading the palm of a dying man. (Note: This is just an expression. I don't read palm and I know that Islam forbid such practices. So, the ustaz/ostad types, please don't kill me for it, ok. You all can be very scary, sometimes)
And Syed Akbar has quite a number of such depressing postings of late.
The worst part of it was that I agree with what were written by him. Well, not all la, but most of them.
And the senior blogger presented it all in such a convincing manner.
I had actually feared such a downgrade way back when the BN government increased it's efforts to win the GE13 by dishing out goodies such as the BR1M hand outs. I felt that such a practice will not be good for our country's debt level in the long run.
In fact, I had actually cringed when I first heard about BR1M, the same way I was very apprehensive about the excessive handouts (including hundreds of millions to Chinese schools) given to the Chinese community, who in the end just turned around and gave the government their middle finger. It was all so going overboard at that time.
Remember that Chinese drumming for the Chinese New Year celebrations thing? Well, it was as terlebih as that. Whenever I remember how hard Datuk Najib tried to win over the Chinese and how they rebuffed him, I felt sad for the prime minister. I know for a fact that some Chinese laughed at Najib when they watched the video clip of him going at that drums. They think that he was being pathetic.
But, I guess I'm also a guilty party for failing to write anything about it back then. At that time, it was a do or die battle for the Barisan Nasional, so I had refrained from a lot of things. On the hindsight, a better tactic should had been employed. Surely all those super intelligent and highly paid advisers and consultants could had thought out something.
Now, the reality is biting us back in the ass for those excesses, I hope the government have a proper plan to arrest the slide. Otherwise, it's going to be really depressing indeed for Malaysia.
Despite everything, I still have hope in DS Najib Razak. Well, for the critiques, pray tell what other choice do I have. If you say Pakatan, I'm sorry to say that I think they will destroy the country from the word GO. That's not an option as the mix of DAP, Pas and PKR is as flammable as a mix of aircraft fuel and fire.
So, Datuk Najib better come out with something really good over the coming months to improve things. And then later, I hope to see BN to come out with a new and better strategy for GE14. Hopefully it's something more intelligent and with more depth.
Hopefully Datuk Najib will also get himself a new set of genuine advisers to chart the new plan for the future.