Hornbill Unleashed

March 4, 2013

Dr M laments people power

Leven Woon

Voters have become sophisticated and know of the power of their votes, and they make demands especially when the government is weak, says the former premier.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad argued that providing citizens with the right to vote would also lead to corruption because voters could coerce the government with wide range of demands.

He said this was especially apparent when the ruling government was weak.

“Making the people have voting rights can also be corruption, because the people can exercise that right every five years. Now they become sophisticated and know the power of their votes, they could make demands.

“The government must heed their demands, or else risk losing their votes. When the voters see the government is weak, therefore they make lots of demands,” he said.

Mahathir was speaking on the topic “The Future of Malaysia Politics” at a fundraising dinner organised by the Imperial College London alumnus in Malaysia last night.

In his hour-long speech, Mahathir took potshots at his handpicked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, describing him as a weak leader that had caused BN to lose its customary two-third majority in the last general election.

He said when the government was weak, racial problems would “crop out” and “be discussed widely”.

“Now we see one party condemning an individual and another individual condemning a party, the country is much more split than the past 50 years of so.

“If the 13th general election returns a weak government, racial issues would be a problem for the government to manage. There would be instability in the country. Moreover, races would draw apart,” he said

The former strongman also trained his gun at the two-party system, saying that competition between two parties does not produce positive impart to a nation.

Citing the United States as an example, he said the Democrats and Republicans had nearly brought the country to a fiscal cliff due to their stubborn stance along party line.

“On one hand you have the Democrats who want to reduce the government expenditure and increase the medicare allocation, on the other hand you have the Republicans who is against any type of austerity measures, they can’t reach an agreement,” he said.

BN to win GE 13

He praised the BN as being a strange “coalition of 14 parties which had done relatively well” in governing the nation and able to deliver much of its promises.

Mahathir said sophisticated and younger voters considered regime change as the only real change to the nation, but they failed to understand a change might not necessarily lead to positive outcome.

He said in the case of Africa nation Uganda, Milton Obote was said to be the dictator in the 1960s but Idi Amin who staged a coup later turned out to be even worse.

Amin’s rule was marred by human rights abuse, political repression and ethnic persecution which caused more than 100,000 to die.

On the country’s political outlook, Mahathir predicted that the BN government could retain power in the coming polls but doubted if it could form a strong government.

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9 Comments »

  1. Why compare us Malaysian to African Countries ??? Malaysia is a Democratic Country and why you against Democracy and Freedom of choice for us Malaysian ? The only reason is BN/UMNO scared of losing and having all their dirty shits been dig out.

    Comment by gagojackman — March 4, 2013 @ 5:33 PM | Reply

  2. –Making the people have voting rights can also be corruption–

    Having a PM Minister like Mahathir was also corruption, the biggest corruption in East Asia!

    Comment by Ambani — March 4, 2013 @ 1:54 PM | Reply

  3. Zero credibility for him to make any comments … shut up and go to hell now … and don’t forget to return back all the loots and stolen money + apologise to DSAI and family … otherwise karma will haunt your future generations for the next 1000 years

    Comment by tigeryk — March 4, 2013 @ 12:12 PM | Reply

  4. Mahathir who is the father of corruption in this country needs to be told and reminded that the root cause for a weak government is CORRUPTION. Buildings and bridges collapsed were also due to corruption and not a weak government. More Malaysians of all races and religions are rejecting the ruling government, resulting in UMNO controlled BN losing its 2/3 majority for the first time in 2008 after UMNO controlled BN has been ruling the nation for over 50 years. BN cannot win an election by going against the people’s will and by giving voting rights to imported illegal immigrants to stay in power. Perhaps the current volatile situation in Lahad Datu and Semporna will serve as a stern warning of what may arise when more than 1 million illegal immigrants currently living in Sabah were given citizenship during the 22 years of Mahathir’s reign.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 4, 2013 @ 10:05 AM | Reply

    • Unfortunately many Malays are still worshipping him. He used them to cheat us all and left some scum for them and took the 99% of loots. A son is investing in the Philippines using PETRON, besides the San Miguel brewey. Now you know PETRON here has taken over all Esso petroal stations nationwide. Hope PR wins and takeover Putrajaya and recovery all those BILLIONS loots.

      Comment by Surendran — March 4, 2013 @ 11:46 AM | Reply

      • Just a few thousand despots and bigots seeking rent from Mahathir or children.

        Comment by Ahmad Madon — March 4, 2013 @ 5:03 PM | Reply

  5. please lah, dia orang lama, jagan pressure dia kuat kuat sebab dia nak jaga reski anak anak dia, dan ingat mana nak simpan US44billions tu.

    Comment by nainai — March 4, 2013 @ 9:10 AM | Reply

  6. Tok kok no.1 … use thread and needle to sew up his mouth, and seal with 5-ton glue

    Comment by tigeryk — March 4, 2013 @ 5:46 AM | Reply

  7. I predict that the Kerala devil will kick the bucket before the GE …Goat damn the devil

    Comment by tigeryk — March 4, 2013 @ 3:57 AM | Reply


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