Just read this today :
Many moons ago after a hiatus of 18 years when the Labour Party was left in the political boondocks, Tony Blair of the Labour Party won the General Election of 1997 and held on to the reins of government until 2007. But, not before smashing Iraq (with his sidekick George Bush) and bringing chaos to the Middle East in 2003.
He was young, a groovy guitar-toting Prime Minister, just like the young and not so-young entourage Ministers of Pakatan Harapan when, with the guidance of a geriatric Ex-PM (ex-BN too) they smashed the corrupt Barisan Nasional in the 2018 General Election.
Tony Blair declared a New Labour Party to differentiate it from the outmoded old Labour. The young Turks in Labour weakened the influence of the Trade Unions, ended the commitment to the nationalisation of the economy and substituted it with the Free Market and stronger ties with the European Union.
Pakatan Harapan had a new clarion call too, transparent, clean, multiracial, multilingual, multireligious, multicultural and may I add multi-kelentong agenda. But with that came their multi-curdling great Hurrah: MALAYSIA BARU, NEW MALAYSIA!!
Now that Pakatan Harapan are also swimming in the political slime of their own making (just like all the rest of Malaysia's political parties, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, to be fair), we the rakyat are introduced to another political feel-good-slogan : POLITIK BARU by the PKR Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil. I can't wait to see this new prescription for this defective country.
Shall we be given a NEW EDUCATION policy that sees the end of vernacular schools and the compulsory change to English language for Science and Mathematics? Shall we see something daringly new and revolutonary (as befitting the once-NEW and radically brave Pakatan Harapan government) like the nationalisation of the economy and the imposition of death duties so as to guarantee a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth. It did Britain a lot of good to help it recover from a broken country at the end of the Second World War. It will not entail any kind of blood- spilling revolution like that carried out by the Malayan Communist Party after the Second World War to ensure that everyone will be equal, that we are all equal under our skin 💪 - (Tee hee hee giggles AsH) - "to each according to his needs and not to his wants". Bang goes Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, and 'Good Capitalism' as well.
Nevertheless we shall persevere, what with all the NEW political parties mushrooming around us, catering to all shades of grey and white and black. The catch phrase is "I can do it better (and cleaner) than you". Even MP Charles Santiago could tell the DG of Health a thing or two about how to handle the rising cases of Covid 19!
Oooops. I must include this.
Here's an all-inclusive, updated version for MALAYSIA BARU.
Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka.