Steadfast Amidst Betrayal

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By Mahathir Mohd Rais

The resilience of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Chairman of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) shines through amid the unpredictable tides of politics.
The shifting loyalties of three Members of Parliament are a reminder of a well-known political narrative: only the sturdiest ships can weather the changing winds.
Outstanding leadership throughout history — Churchill’s defiance, Roosevelt’s savvy during unparalleled economic turmoil, and Lee Kuan Yew’s resolve to transform a nation — all illustrate that leadership’s test is not in victory but in perseverance through trials.
Muhyiddin walks this path, standing firm despite potential increases in defections, demonstrating that leadership is truly tested in times of crisis.
PN, guided by moral leadership, has remained steadfast despite significant challenges.
Actions, not words, will prove our strength as we champion the people’s interests.
A political party’s strength is its ability to withstand storms, not merely its visible size.
Political reality teaches us that no party is immune to power struggles, a global phenomenon.
From the United States to Europe, Asia to the Middle East, history shows us nations weathering periods of tested political loyalties.
American parties have withstood identity crises and deep divides, coming out stronger.
European political movements have reshaped their countries, spurring social and economic shifts.
In Asia, nations like India and Indonesia are committed to overcoming divisions and achieving unity.
For PN, our current situation marks not an end but a beginning, setting the stage for our political history’s next act.
Today’s actions will shape our tomorrow.
By adhering to our principles and valuing the people’s will, PN will forge ahead as other nations have, emerging stronger from crises.
We may face upheaval, but history tells us that such times often lead to the rise of a renewed, robust force. 
Despite betrayals, Bersatu remains focused on the long term.
Each act of betrayal is not just a loss but a chance to reinforce our ranks, reaffirm loyalty, and rejuvenate our commitment to the cause.
Amidst the storms, Bersatu and Muhyiddin stand unyielding.
Regardless of the number of defectors or the strength of the political upheaval, our party’s leader is unwavering, navigating us toward goals that transcend power and are deeply embedded in the people’s aspirations — where every challenge brings wisdom and lessons.

About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais, Perikatan Nasional Federal Territories Information Chief. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.

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