MAY 18 — When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that he would be holding the education ministry portfolio and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail the women’s affairs ministry portfolio, we flipped!
And upon reading this morning’s news headline — “Anwar: Ministerial posts for top two not contrary to manifesto” — we double flipped.
Is everyone simply being polite to Dr Mahathir when he rationalised his masterplan to rejuvenate the Malaysian education system? Didn’t the young Turks, the likes of Dr Dzul, Khalid Samad, Chin Tong, Izzah et al in the political forum who were always loud and dissenting (in a good way) responded to Dr Mahathir plans to revolutionise the learning and teaching of our young minds.
It is as if they were mesmerised by Dr M or still in cloud 9 post-GE14 euphoria, or more probably it was like they “tak sampai hati” to speak against an old man’s “dying wish” for his country’s children and their future.
We, hardcore clinicians, maybe politically naive in the bargaining and jostling of political posts in the new cabinet but as far as Dr M and Kak Wan are concerned we are clinically convinced on the grounds of “Evidence Based Politics” (EBP) that neither should hold portfolios in the PH cabinet.
As PM and DPM, they should be the Master Jedis on the “Pakatan Harapan High Council,” mentors of the PH-Padawans, guardians trusted with the fiduciary duty to oversee the new cabinet to ensure the cherished values of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) of political governance are fully operational.
There is plenty of talent in the PH coalition and my guess is that Dr M would be simply spoilt for choice!
And if our reading of Kak Wan is correct, she would not want to stay a minute longer in the cabinet!
Besides, we do not want to gestate another family dynasty in the new PH cabinet — we just rid of one on May 9, 2018.
* Dr Musa Mohd Nordin is with the Damansara Specialist Hospital and Dr Johari Bux with Tung Shin Hospital.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail.