The 14th General Election has been described as a ‘gift of hope’ to Malaysians for a New Malaysia, where life would be better under a new government where Malaysians can hope and dream again to make Malaysia a great and respected nation in the world.
On that day, Malaysians not only in the country, but also in the Malaysian Diaspora worldwide stood up and felt proud as Malaysians. They had stopped the country’s trajectory hurtling towards a failed state, rogue democracy, global kleptocracy and kakistocracy and given Malaysians a second chance to rebuild the country into a world-class nation in various fields of human endeavour, which is united, harmonious, democratic, progressive and prosperous, with rule of law, good governance, public integrity and economic well-being for her citizens.
Some five months have passed since then. Can the Pakatan Harapan Government, made up of PKR, DAP, Bersatu and AMANAH, led by a 93-year-old Malaysian politician who had been Prime Minister and UMNO President for 22 years from 1981-2003, succeed in building a New Malaysia?
What are the stresses and strains, the perils and pitfalls, of such an endeavour?
Lim Kit Siang, an 11-term Malaysian Member of Parliament from 1969 (except for the term 1999-2004) from Democratic Action Party (DAP), one of the four component parties of Pakatan Harapan, will discuss the challenges of building a New Malaysia.