"No! No! I Have Decided! Dah Lama Dah!"

24 June 2002 02:01

Our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohammed dropped a bombshell yesterday evening during towards the end of his speech during the UMNO caucus by announcing his resignation from all party and political posts. Before he was able to regain his composure and continue, several members of the Supreme Council huddled around the rostrum trying to persuade him to retract his resignation, reasoning with him that the nation still needs him, which he seemingly agreed to about an hour after that as announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi. Some were seen openly weeping over shouts of "Retract! Retract!" and "Long live, Mahathir!" during the hour long wait.

Some may deem this as political theatrics as a way for Dr. M to gauge his acceptance amongst party members as well as the nation as a whole. Personally, I see it as a way of Dr. M giving the nation a wake up call to face an eventuality.

What perplexes me is the non-acceptance of his resignation amongst many. Perhaps he should have discussed with the rest of the Supreme Council members and done it in a somewhat gentler manner. But still, sooner or later, he will eventually retire as the nation's Prime Minister and we will have to accept that. Then somebody else will need to step up to the plate and fill his shoes. Given that his shoes are indeed big, perhaps his successor won't be able to fill it in immediately but we've got to give the person some time and chance to allow his feet to grow.

Thing is, he has done so much for the nation already. It's time for us not to be reliant on just him all the time. We ourselves need to stand on our own two feet and work towards acheiving greater heights. This is especially so for the Malays (myself included). I think Dr. M has given us all two strong feet to stand on already. Time and time again, Dr. M has reminded the Malays not to be complacent with status quo. Perhaps his shock announcement is just what is needed as a wake up call to face what may become an eventual reality.

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