As the Gregorian calendar flipped from the 2016 over to 2017 there were celebrations marked by fireworks and partying in one form or another.
However while many celebrate new beginnings, 2017 may be the end to Pribumi, a party that was born out of hate and bitterness.
Yes, this hate and bitterness was from its founder Mahathir Mohamad; a man who could not have things his own way so he attempted to sink the very ship that had comfortably sailed on over the years.
They say that there was a thin line between love and hate.
Mahathir venomous rage against Prime Minister Najib Razak proved that the line was thinner than many could imagine.
Mahathir tried his level best to undermine and hamper any good Najib was doing.
As far as Tun Mahathir was concerned, even Najib’s good was seen as corrupt.
All of this hate and bitterness was because the Prime Minister Najib Razak refused to listen to Mahathir, refused to straighten out the snag in with the crooked bridge and did not help position his son Mukhriz to have an easy path to become prime minister around 2021.
In the face of all of those negative results, Mahathir was like a man in need of love after his wife’s rejection.
But instead of looking at what he was doing wrong, he like some do; looked for love in all the wrong places.
Mahathir was so distraught he was like a drunk man who crawls into bed with someone (Lim Kit Siang) that had Mahathir been of sound mind, he would never had ventured to see.
After a few unsuccessful dates (Sarawak, Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar) with DAP-led Pakatan, Mahathir thought he would attempt to start his own political party.
But many wonder if initially Mahathir really wanted to start the party.
There are those who are of mind that Mahathir hoped that government would cause problems with his Pribumi party’s registration that he could claim special victim status.
Unfortunately for Mahathir, Pribumi registration went through without a glitch.
The left Tun Mahathir without a victim’s card to play and even worse, he now had a party that like Pakatan Harapan, had no clear objective.
That is why if one were to reflect over the period after Pribumi’s formation, there was nothing of any substance taking place other than the not so big surprise of naming former deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as president and former Kedah Menteri Besar and Mahathir’s seed Mukhriz as vice president; which was the line-up Mahathir had in mind even when he was asked who his choices were for both deputy and prime minister.
As you recall, Mahathir went mum and did not respond.
But all has not been clear sailing for Mahathir’s (Pribumi) political party.
In looking back over its brief history, we have seen a couple of significant events that are still rocking Pribumi’s top echelon.
The first is Pribumi’s president is being accused of spending more than casual time with another man’s wife.
The second has the former women’s wing chief sexting; so much for 2016.
So while many around Malaysia partied and looked forward to the New Year; 2017 may bring about the end of the party born out of Mahathir’s hate and bitterness!
– The Malaysian Observer Blog