Ten months to clean up a 61-year-old mess?


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By John Isaac

Would it even be logically possible for anyone to undo 61 years worth of damage in a period of just ten months?

Well that is the kind of comparison we would be making if we were to compare the Barisan Nasional with Pakatan Harapan.

For more than 60 years, BN has ruled the country and for all those years, the roots of power abuse and corruption had seeped deep into  every nook and crook of the civil service.

Ever wonder why certain policies and instructions were so delayed in being implemented?

Well, we can change the government, but we certainly cannot change the entire civil service - the ones who actually carryout ministerial instructions.

Of late, our former prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak seems to be gaining in popularity and even calling himself the "thief of hearts".

Perhaps a fraction of the population may have forgotten the damage caused, but I am pretty sure not all of us have forgotten.

However, as a former journalist, I must commend his team for his new image building and how conveniently they keep his wife out of public view.

Ever wonder why she is never present at his teh-tarik and shopping sessions?

This entire "new" Najib is nothing but a product of good branding and social media influencing.

The question we should be asking here is where is he getting the loot to pay those responsible for his new image?

After all, his accounts are all frozen right? 

Let's not be blinded so quickly to all the mess he and his regime created over the last 61 years. It has done so much damage that it is probably going to take years to undo.

Taking the wheel of a well-oiled, maintained car would be easy, but taking the wheel of a totally demolished car is a lot tougher - you would need to spend time doing a complete overhaul.

I guess this is what the PH government is doing at this point - an overhaul of all the mess left behind.

From what I understand, corruption has seeped so deep and wide that even a massive overhaul of the entire structure would not completely weed it out.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a miracle maker, he is only human and there is only so much he can do.

We should not be so quick to point fingers and paste labels on PH leaders.

After all, most of them are newbies trying to clean up the mess of "professionals" who tore the nation apart for so many years.