Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tun Dr Mahathir is the drug resistant illness of Malaysia

What is honored in a country will be cultivated there - Plato.

Early this morning, I received an email from a close friend from New Zealand. We used to be active in the New Zealand Labour Party Chinese Branch and a close observer of South East Asia Politics. In the email, he asked if I agree that if Bill and Hillary Clinton are the penicillin-resistant syphilis of the American body politic, then Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is Malaysia’s.

Yes, I agree that Dr Mahathir is the penicillin-resistant syphilis of the Malaysian body politic. Why? Let me answer the “why” by asking:

Which illness in Malaysia’s political system and society is not spread or created or made worse by this untouchable, drug resistant above the law Dr Mahathir during his 22 years as Prime Minister and after his retirement? Just take a look at the short list below:

Rampant corruption – check

Abuse of power – check

Arbitrary arrest – check

Mismanagement of public fund – check

Clampdown on freedom of Speech, Press and Assembly – check

Cronyism – check

Nepotism – check

Mass brain drain out of Malaysia – check

Racial divide – check

Rich / poor divide - check

Created a nation of moochers – check

Suppression of NGOs – check

Hijacking of a democratic election with government’s 3M (money, machine and media) – check

Manipulation of the judiciary - check

Which of the item above that you can say I checked wrongly? There is an even longer list if one is care to read all the books and press statements published by the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang who is now working with this drug resistant illness of Malaysia to save Malaysia. With all due respect, Uncle Kit, it is an illness by the name of “Mahathirism” that Malaysia need be saved from.

Plato wrote that what is honored in a country will be cultivated there and Mahathir had allowed corruption, abuse of power and etc etc to be honored in Malaysia and be cultivated ala-Mahathir style.

If you think it is unfair for not giving Dr Mahathir a chance to correct the mistake, then, dare I ask, why didn’t Mahathir use his enormous power back then to work for and set the right path for a democratic prosperous corruption free Malaysia?

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