This Deputy President cannot abandon ship when in trouble waters. His stepping down will cause a battle royale that Pakatan Rakyat cannot afford at this point in time. The road to Putrajaya will be more bumpy for the “vehicle” which will suffer knocks and dents should the pitbulls be let loose, as sure they would if Senator Syed Husin Ali decides to take a final bow. This final bow may even contribute to a final blow to efforts for a new Malaysia.
I cannot remember him as a quitter. The scholar-politician stood for elections after elections. He lost all. A lesser man would have called it a day. This former Kamunting detainee did not because it is in this chosen arena that the man and his ideals and philosophy continue to pervade and invigorate an otherwise currently insipid and tantrum-plagued PKR.
In his best-seller Two Faces I recall this line: "Even if I had the opportunity to save the country from Mahathir then, there was no guarantee that he would be replaced by someone better."
Prophetically spot on SIR!
In the introduction, added just before the book Ethnic Relations in Malaysia went to press, Syed Husin wrote: "The agenda for national unity in Malaysia, 51 years after Merdeka (Independence), has still not succeeded but, instead, appear to have receded further and further into the distant mirage."
A few days ago it was 53 years after Merdeka.
Not a time to take a final bow SIR!
Take your final encore after GE13, win or lose, and no man can say you did not try and that when the going gets tough and rough you would “die” with your boots on.
PAK SEE BEH TOH, TUAN SYED.