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MAHATHIR : IS HE FINALLY ADMITTING TO BE A ‘SENILE CHAUVINIST’ AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?

 

Not many people may recall that when Mahathir became Prime Minister in 1981, his first action was to lift the ban on his book, ‘The Malay Dilemma’ …… which was banned by Tunku Abdul Rahman.

I was one of the first to buy and read his book and I remember telling myself that this guy was special and ought to be supported by all.

 

 

Initially, Mahathir proved me right with his “Bersih, Cekap & Amanah” (Clean, Efficient & Trustworthy) manifesto with then Deputy Prime Minister, Musa Hitam.

The change in Mahathir occurred when he narrowly beat Tengku Razaleigh for the UMNO Presidency in 1986 by 43 votes.

Knowing that he had to consolidate his position, he used money to meet that objective …. with the aid of his trustworthy (then) Daim Zainuddin.

The result of this is well known …… CRONYISM, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, POLITICAL ARROGANCE, RACIAL POLARISATION.

The fact that Pak Lah was overwhelmingly supported in the 2004 General Elections was an indication of the electorate wanting to change from the Mahathir ways!

The severe punishment meted out to Pak Lah in the March 2008 General Elections for his failure to do so …. and instead perpetuating it ….. especially through his son-in-law …… emphasises the need to reverse the damage done by the Mahathir administration over his 21 years in power.

Whilst current PM Najib is being more subtle about it, there is no doubt that Najib is bent on reversing many of the patronising schemes and policies enacted during the Mahathir administration.

It seems to be taking an effect on Mahathir when one considers his vitriolic attacks against Tok Guru, Nik Aziz, for splitting the Malays!

 

Imagine accusing Tok Guru for splitting the Malays ….. when you consider the wise man for being a bed-rock of consistency in decency and incorruptibility.

Tok Guru’s stand reminds me of one of Thomas Jefferson’s famous quotes:

“IN MATTERS OF STYLE, SWIM WITH THE CURRENT; IN MATTERS OF PRINCIPLE, STAND LIKE A ROCK”

More recently, Mahathir has been raising the ante on racial matters ….. to the point that it was so venomous that it was exclusively for a Malay audience ……. even the media!!

What a sorry way for Mahathir so see out his final political chapters!

Click HERE for his attacks on Tok Guru and HERE for his ‘Malay only’ audience. And I’m not the only one criticising him for his ‘old fashioned’ views and repressing his ‘true colours’ when PM … click HERE

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