EVERYONRE is talking about the thorn in the flesh. This started when Tun Musa Hitam, one time Deputy Prime Minister, described his former boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as a thorn in the flesh. The umno flesh that is.
This prompted Dr Mahathir to counter by referring Musa as also a thorn in the flesh before he quit his post as Deputy Umno President and Deputy Prime Minuster in the mid '80s. Dr Mahathir made this reference in his blog, chedet.com.
I saw a brief item on the TV 8pm news last night that Musa had responded to Dr Mahathir's reference.
Dr Mahathir also reminded Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abd Samad that he (Shahrir) too had left Umno and stood as an Independent candidate in Johore many years ago.
Shahrir then responded, on the same TV news slot, that he had not quit Umno, but that he did not return to Umno after its de-registration and subsequent registration in 1988. Shahrir maintained that he never quit Umno.
Will there be a rejoinder from Dr Mahathir in all this? Will there be other Ministers, leaders, small-time or big-time politicians joining the fray? Who will call who what? What next?
My simple, everyday question is this - what happen to the thorn in the rakyat's flesh? In all the drama being staged in the Malaysian political scene, is there no one who can take out this painful thorn in the rakyat's flesh? It's causing too much hurt, and we are bleeding.
Examples you ask? Food prices have gone up. Food prices are still rising. You name it, and they are all rising at some point or other. Go to the market and you'll see what I mean. Go to the restaurant and you see the menu with new price list of food items.
The average Malaysian is bleeding from all this my Dear Tuns, Tan Sris, Datuk Seris, Datos and Datuks and what have you. Take a walk in the shopping walls and you see plastic money being used to buy clothes, food, and everything else. Yes, and petrol too.
If the powers-that-be can stop for a while and start helping the bleeding rakyats on how to make ends meet, then I say that the votes have been justified. If, after almost three months of the general election and we are still stuck with calling each other names and trading political punches, then what and where is our future?
Let's take five on this 'name-calling, I'm right-You're wrong' game and start paying attention to the issues of the day. Let's have some real leadership and take us out of this tunnel and point us to a clear direction for once.