If Parliament is not dissolved in the next two to three weeks, then the 15th general election will be next year

If Parliament is not dissolved in the next two to three weeks, then the 15th general election will be next year.

The top UMNO leadership, which is now meeting in Kuala Lumpur on this question, wants the15GE to be held immediately, regardless of the problems of the people in terms of rising prices and depreciation of the ringgit, and also in utter disregard of the threat of the monsoon and floods season, which has started in some parts of the country and cost 54 human lives and damaged RM6.5 billion of property last year.

The consideration uppermost in the minds of the “Court cluster” in UMNO who dominates the UMNO leadership is not about the sufferings of the people, but how to escape jail sentences for their corruption charges and escape the consequences of turning Malaysia into a kleptocracy.

This is the best example of how the UMNO leadership of today differs from the UMNO in the days of the first four UMNO Presidents – Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Razak Hussein and Hussein Onn.

The first UMNO Presidents know what is wrong and right, and what they would not do if they have the interests of the people uppermost in their minds.

The last thing the first four UMNO Presidents would have done is to allow Malaysia to become a kleptocracy.

They would be the first to condemn the 1MDB scandal and other financial scandals in the country, in stark contrast to the UMNO of today, when no UMNO leader dare to condemn the 1MBD scandal for the last decade.

It is inconceivable that the first UMNO Presidents would agree that the first priority of the government is to hold general election in the face of the people’s economic crisis and the threat of the monsoon and floods disaster this year.

But this should come as no surprise when the UMNO leadership is dominated by the ‘Court cluster” whose sole preoccupation is how to get UMNO leaders out of jail instead of looking after the interests of the people.

After 30 months of despair, despondency, dejection and hopelessness after the Sheraton Move political conspiracy, the mood have shifted.

Nobody expected that the former Prime Minister Najib Razak would be sent to jail on August 23, 2022.

The message of August 23, 2022 is very clear: that Malaysia can still be saved and we must not give up on our hope and struggle for a Better Malaysia for our children and children’s children for a reset of the nation-building principles and policies of the country as set out in the Malaysian Constitution and the Rukun Negara – constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy, separation of powers, rule of law, good governance, public integrity, meritocracy, respect for human rights and national unity from our multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural diversity where there are no first-class and second-class citizens whether based on race, religion or region.

This is the battle for the 15GE.

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri