When will the father and son duo learn? Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is the Menteri Besar of Kedah and responsible for the party’s campaign strategy. His father, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, thought his influence could work magic on voters, but Umno-Baru failed.
Mukhriz failed to learn his lesson in last month’s Umno-Baru vice-presidential elections, when he failed to be elected. He should have learnt that he must strike out on his own and be his own man. He should have told his father to stay away and give him breathing space to do what he thinks is best for the party. People are repelled by the sight of a man whose father tags along overseeing everything he does.
Mahathir in Sungai Limau in the final days of campaigning. Analysts say he might have played a role in swaying voters who were still undecided on voting day. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, November 5, 2013.When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad descended on Sungai Limau during the last hours of campaigning on November 3, one longtime PAS activist from Alor Star described it as a “relief”.
“Many people in Sungai Limau come from a religious education background,” said the activist, referring to the community of teachers, students and parents involved in the area’s clutch of private and public Islamic schools, which are nationally renowned. (more…)
The former premier pushes for Mathematics and Science in English at the Malay Consultative Council congress.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged Malays to master the English language as it is the language of the sciences, and that does not make them a traitor to the Malay language.
“If you learn Mathematics and Science in English, would it mean that you are traitor to Bahasa Malaysia (BM)?
“Does it mean that we are not loyal to our language? Our language will develop when we master the sciences and write books in BM in the future,” said Mahathir. (more…)
These sometimes foes, sometimes mutual admirers who were the longest serving prime ministers for Malaysia and Singapore have much in common – but they are very disparate in some other areas – and therein lies the different contributions they made to their countries.
The older Lee Kuan Yew, who will be 90 on Malaysia day, Sept 16, was the longest serving prime minister in Asia, ruling Singapore as chief minister from 1959 at the tender age of 36 and then as prime minister from the time it was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, right up to 1990, making in all over 30 years.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a hardline Umno member who played a key role in ousting Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in the wake of the 1969 riots, climbed rapidly to become Malaysia’s fourth prime minister in 1981, continuing until 2003, for a long reign of 22 years. That’s just three years short of Lee’s reign as prime minister of an independent country of 25 years. (more…)
“one of the largest acreages in Malaysia” – the region off Sarawak being explored by Ananda Krishnan’s Pexco
In a shocking departure from normal practice one of BN’s top business cronies, Ananda Krishnan, has secured direct control of a series of Sarawak’s off-shore oil fields.
It makes his private company Pexco “one of the largest acreage holders in Malaysia”, according to its own CEO.
The astonishing development has placed the multi-billionaire (known for his close relationship with the former PM Mahathir Mohamad) in an unprecedented position to sub-contract to major oil companies. (more…)
Anwar Ibrahim once seemed a certainty to rule Malaysia. Then came his arrest and imprisonment. Now, with his party shaking up the establishment, is he set to finally fulfil his ambition? By Mark Baker.
Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Austral Press
It’s nearing midnight in Penang. In a park surrounded by decaying concrete apartment blocks, a swelling crowd waits patiently amid the sticky heat and pungent aromas of food stalls, traffic fumes and open drains. This is a poor Malay neighbourhood, but there are Chinese and Indians here, too, a representative cross-section of multiracial Malaysia. (more…)
In little more than a week from now, Najib Abdul Razak will be faced with the fact that he and his phoney 1Malaysia have finally lost Malaysia, and the vast majority of Malaysians will be congratulating themselves on having won their beloved country back.
Because even if BN manages to steal back into power by hook or its customary crook, it will be living on borrowed – or rather bought – time, and surviving only in fear and dread of how even more urgently than ever the people will want to see it destroyed. (more…)
Malaysia is probably living one of its most exciting times, with delayed polls, never before seen handouts and an opposition strangulating the regime to its last breath.
Malaysia’s upcoming general election on May 5 seems to be scripted from the Hollywood western, ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ but there is a surprise on the timeline.
The battle to govern the nation is pitting Pakatan Rakyat leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who is living the greatest political revival in Malaysia’s history, against a regime that has probably overspent its days in power. (more…)
Kua Kia Soong
By failing to compromise on the Hindraf blueprint, Pakatan has wasted an excellent chance to overthrow the BN rule.
I attended one of Hindraf’s dinners a few weeks ago at which they explained their blueprint for the 13GE.
After the presentation, I posed the hypothetical question which seemed like quite a likely scenario: “What if the BN embraces your blueprint? What then?”
Waythamoorthy’s reply was clear: “We would rather Pakatan accepts our blueprint after all we have gone through under BN since Independence…” or words to that effect. (more…)
Forget about the countless Malaysians who reclaimed our public space to demand clean and fair elections at Bersih rallies. How could they compare to the reported 50,000 BN supporters gathered to listen to Najib Razak’s announcement of BN’s GE13 pledges to Malaysian voters on the night of 6th April?
Forget, too, about the insulting ten-minute offer (and it was sickening that this false promise of ‘democracy’ was offered by Umno-BN) to the parliamentary opposition to air a recorded (and certainly edited) address to Malaysian voters. How could this compare to the lengthy national TV live broadcast of Najib’s show? (more…)
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pledged last night to revoke the recent multimillion ringgit Petronas contract awarded to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s son, saying this would be one of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) first steps to end cronyism should it win federal power in Election 2013.
Speaking at a ceramah in Taman Semarak here, the opposition leader heaped criticism against his long-time arch nemesis for allegedly reaping the riches of the country’s national oil company for his family, namely his son Mokhzani.
“First, within 24 hours of Pakatan’s swearing in, we will drop the prices of fuel for the whole country,” he said to a crowd of over 1,000 people in the Hulu Perak district township. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak must be mulling the thought that with allies like Dr Mahathir Mohamad he does not need adversaries.
Almost daily, the retired former prime minister has something to say about current affairs, not all of it benign to the interests of the incumbent PM.
Few believed that when he retired in October 2003, after 22 years as PM, Mahathir would go gently into the good night of political retirement and memoir writing.
Still fewer expected that he would continue to stalk the political arena, spewing darts from his blowgun. (more…)
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has demanded that the authorities investigate photos showing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak meeting with Esmail Kiram, the younger brother of self-proclaimed Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III, and former minister Aziz Shamsuddin.
Esmail played a role innegotiations between Jamalul and Manila during the Lahad Datu intrusion, while Aziz was alleged to be involved in ‘Project IC’ during his stint as political secretary of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. (more…)
With a rising opposition promising to end authoritarianism, Mahathir is seen trying to protect his legacy.
Four years after leading a charge to oust Malaysia’s previous prime minister, authoritarian ex-leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad is making his sizeable influence felt again as a close election looms.
Mahathir, who towered over Malaysia for 22 years with his grand development projects and hard-nosed politics, is 87 but has peeled back the years to step from the shadows and whip up support for the long-ruling regime he moulded. (more…)
It is already past March 8, 2008, more than five years since the last general election and yet Parliament has not been dissolved.
Parliament will dissolve automatically on April 29, 2013.
If Premier Najib Abdul Razak does not dissolve Parliament by that date, that would be most embarrassing for him and confirm to all that he is indeed a very weak leader – it’ll be a gift from Najib to former premier Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to kick him (Najib) out for good.
So, it is clear that Parliament will be dissolved by April 29, 2013, unless the war in Sabah does not end and Najib declares a state of emergency throughout the nation. (more…)
Dr Mahathir warned Malays in Selangor that PR would strip away their rights and priviliges.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary today slammed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s for his inconsistent defence of Malay and Bumiputera interests, following the former prime minister’s plea for the group to back Barisan Nasional in Election 2013.
Faekah Husin also defended the state’s Pakatan Rakyat (PR) administration from Dr Mahathir’s recent remarks that the special rights of Malays and the position of Islam will be threatened if the pact retains its hold on Selangor in Election 2013. (more…)
War, like football, is politics taken to extremes. The bloodshed in eastern Sabah was caused by two factors: Umno’s outdated racial politics and Filipino politics in the form of decades of Manila’s neglect of the Muslim south.
Therefore, a resolution can only be found politically, as a Malaysiakini writer has pointed out.
The Tausug or Sulu claim to Sabah has fanned patriotic rage among unquestioning Malaysians and Filipinos. But the intention of the self-styled Royal Sulu Army, essentially a few boatloads of bandits, cannot conceivably be to claim Sabah by force. (more…)
It was reported that some 3,000 Felda settlers were given the ‘honour’ of previewing the controversial film Tanda Putera together with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad last Monday.
This did not surprise me given that Mahathir is now the de factocommander-in-chief for Umno. But for those who naively believe Najib Abdul Razak to be a sincere leader trying his utmost to reach out to the people regardless of creed, race and religion, they should be rightly concerned that the instruction to show the propagandistic film actually came from the Prime Minister’s Office. Yet another proof of Najib’s duplicity! (more…)
A Selangor DAP leader says the former premier’s citizenship should be taken away for implementing the illegal Project IC in Sabah.
The government should revoke Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s citizenship for betraying the nation by executing an illegal “Project IC” in Sabah, suggested Selangor DAP leader S Ramakrishnan.
He said the former prime minister deserved to be stateless for wrongly granting citizenship and voting rights to illegal immigrants in Sabah during his tenure.
The Selangor DAP committee member said Mahathir’s deceitful role in executing the illegal, unscrupulous and irresponsible covert operation in the Borneo state had brought disrepute to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). (more…)
The vocal Bishop Paul Tan wants the government to act against the former premier and all those who stoke racial and religious tension.
Once the object of love and veneration but now hate and denigration, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s constant outbursts have made him one of the most criticised individuals in this nation.
And even on Valentine’s Day, it is brickbats and not bouquets for the former premier.
Ironically, Mahathir who threw scores of people behind bars without trial on the basis of national security is now considered to be a threat himself. (more…)
He was a Machiavellian ruler who is alleged to have corrupted his way to the top, and became Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, but will the historians have to revise Malaysian history?
Some argue that former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for 22 years, should be remembered as a visionary leader and a tireless administrator. Others disagree and call him a ruthless dictator who silenced his critics and allowed corruption, cronyism and nepotism to flourish.
Today, Mahathir (left) is as divisive as ever and despite being retired, has managed to upstage the current Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak, many times during the latter’s tenure. (more…)
Anwar is now leading the Malay and non-Malay spectrum of voters while Mahathir is reviled for numerous economic and social misgivings.
Knowing the Barisan National culture, would it not have been easier for Anwar Ibrahim to have joined the ruling coalition after his release in 2004? Instead, Anwar opted to face the BN’s brutal force in full brunt!
“The demands of the people remain to be good governance, accountability for corruption, political empowerment and social justice.” said Anwar in an Asian Renaissance forum in 2011 in Phnom Phen, Cambodia. Anwar has always fought for all that he mentioned in that event. (more…)
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today absolved himself of responsibility over claims that citizenships were illegally given out to foreigners in Sabah in the past, maintaining that the “order” was merely for those who qualified.
The former prime minister, who has been repeatedly blamed for spearheading “Projek IC”, a 1980s initiative where Malaysian citizenships were allegedly exchanged for votes for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), repeated that the pre-requisite for such an award was for an individual to reside in Malaysia for a certain duration of time, among other requirements. (more…)
Contrary to the citizenship-for-votes allegations, foreign immigrants given citizenship don’t always vote BN, claimed former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Actually it benefits the opposition,” argued the veteran politician, pointing out that PBS strongman Joseph Pairin Kitingan won, and BN lost in the elections.
“They are Malaysian citizens and it is their right to vote for their choice,” argued Mahathir further.
Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur after launching the book Antarctica: Malaysia’s journey into the ice that chronicles our country’s research activities at the South Pole, the former premier was asked on whether revelations of possible misconduct unearthed during the ongoing royal commission of inquiry into immigration in Sabah will damage BN’s hold there. (more…)
Mat Zain Ibrahim
The South African Institute for Race Relations report says there are 42,000 people over the age of 100 and some over 120 years old in the voters roll of Zimbabwe.
This is a country with a life expectancy of 43 years.
But still Tobaiwa Mudede, the equivalent of Malaysia’s Election Commission (EC) chairperson, claims that no fraud had ever been practiced in preparing Zimbabwe’s electoral roll.
In comparision, at the Sabah RCI on illegal immigrants, a former NRD officer Mohd Nasir Sugip, revealed in ‘Ops Durian Buruk’ that he and others processed some 40,000 application forms for blue identity cards which signify Malaysian citizenship. (more…)
Tay Tian Yan
Well, pardon me for speaking frankly, I think it is disrespectful to compare Tunku Abdul Rahman with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
However, why are the two former prime ministers being compared?
It started with the onion-peeling investigation of the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to probe the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah. Each layer being peeled has revealed a secret and, of course, some of the so-called secrets have actually been known for a long time. It is, however, extraordinarily significant this time as they are revealed by the RCI. (more…)
The authorities must immediately investigate former Sabah Election Commission (EC) director Wan Ahmad Wan Yusof for allegedly instructing the state EC to provide unqualified immigrants with identity card numbers in the 1990s.
Sarawak PKR chairperson Baru Bian (left) said Wan Ahmad’s role in this “scandalous treachery” in altering Sabah’s electoral demography, if indeed true, only served to justify the rakyat’s distrust of the EC.
“The rakyat’s distrust of the EC has been justified by revelations on Project IC.
“Bersih’s demands now take on an even more urgent note and the EC must implement the measures demanded before GE13,” Baru Bian said in a statement. (more…)
I still believe that Najib Abdul Razak has tried his absolute best to move our ‘Titanic’ in the right direction, but unfortunately his own team has been his worst enemy to date.In an earlier column I had postulated that the nation may be moving in the right direction after the last general election, but I had questioned whether we were moving at the right speed.
Even Dr Mahathir Mohamad plays wayang kulit with Najib, although in less public ways than he did with Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Actually, the opposition and NGOs have been better friends to him. At least they do not seem to shoot him below the belt, other than to highlight the unfortunate legacies that already surround and continue to haunt him. (more…)
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “biggest nightmare” is to have PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim become the prime minister, charged the latter.
Speaking to reporters in Kuching yesterday, Anwar said Mahathir’s primary concern is that a new government would affect his son’s contracts with petroleum companies.
“His biggest nightmare is that I will take over the government. He is worried about his legacy and his son’s oil-based company.
“We are talking about oil royalty. We are talking about Sabah and Sarawak to have their own petroleum companies which must control at least 30 percent of petroleum production,” he said. (more…)
IS DR MAHATHIR Mohamad going to take the same “silence is golden” stand as Najib Abdul Razak and his infamous diamond-loving wife Rosmah Mansor when cornered by an issue?
The revelation by the Embassy of Japan that it had paid compensation to the Malaysian government for families of victims of the so called “Death Railway” project in the 1940s is shocking.
Why the ‘selective’ silence, Dr M?
The sum of RM207 billion or whatever the amount must be revealed by Mahathir. (more…)
Puppet shows, ‘Punch and Judy’ politics, farcical presentations, tragicomedies, drama queens, flip-flops, U-turns, dress rehearsals and of course, pornographic productions can be used to sum up current Malaysian politics.
It is amazing what the subconscious reveals. When MCA keeps asking if Hadi Awang or Anwar Ibrahim would make the better prime minister, you know what the ruling coalition are thinking – that BN is doomed.
Why would one of the main component parties in BN talk about opposition candidates for the post of prime minister? If they thought they stood any chance of winning GE13, they would be discussing which BN candidate should lead the country, rather than which opposition politician would make the best PM. (more…)
PPP president Datuk Seri M Kayveas, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the party’s AGM today.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak appeared today to admit that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad still wields a strong influence over the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, pointing out that the country’s longest serving prime minister is “watching over him”.
While launching the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) annual general meeting (AGM) here, Najib congratulated Dr Mahathir for Vision 2020, a blueprint for Malaysia to reach the status of a developed nation which was launched by the latter in 1991. (more…)
“Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” - Jon Stewart
An old PAS hand who reads my articles in Malaysiakini ranted, “Of course, PAS sees no wrong in (PKR vice-president) Nurul (Izzah Anwar)’s speech. These days they see no wrong in anything Pakatan does when it comes to Islam.”
This PAS supporter, one of my oldest and dearest friends, often jokes that he does not belong in the ‘PAS for all’ camp but rather in the ‘PAS imposed all’ faction. “So, aren’t you going to take your jab, Thaya?” (more…)
Suing Dr Mahathir Mohamad is impossible, unthinkable, undesirable, unwise, or difficult? I pose this riddle because I know I do not know the answer to it.
I have been advocating this for quite some time, but I don’t seem to get anywhere. Maybe our esteemed Malaysiakini subscribers will put on their usual thinking caps and help me understand this “problem” so that, maybe, we can get to get this man sued in a court of justice (not a court of law).
There is a great difference between a court of law and a court of justice. Justice is a blind bat. Justice OW Holmes of the US Supreme Court once chastised a lawyer, and told him sternly that he, the lawyer, was in a court of law, and not a court of justice. (more…)
Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Only the rural Malays will buy the former premier’s attempt to rally the electorate behind the ruling coalition with communal politics.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s attempt to scare the Malays through communal politicking will not work, said analysts who viewed the former prime minister’s recent criticism against the Najib government as “tactical”.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir, the influential former Umno president, speaking at the 2012 Malay Economic Congress, called Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration “weak” and hinted that it was making too much concessions to non-Malays. (more…)
George Soros is the first and, to my knowledge, only Jewish person I’ve ever met. I remember it was an early afternoon towards the end of 2006. I was sent to a fancy hotel, I cannot remember which, to join a horde of other journalists.
There were at least 30 news people present. A number of foreign journalists too. I brought along my Nikon with a 50mm lens attached, paid for out of my own pocket.
The tea and stale crumpets were appropriately ignored. The reporters, especially those from the Chinese dailies, were extemporaneously polite. (more…)
“I am glad that your opinion of me has changed,” wrote former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a personal letter to then nemesis George Soros six years ago – 11 months before he met the billionaire financier for the first time.
In the letter, Mahathir referred to the Jan 7, 2006 interview with Soros by New Straits Times when the philanthropist visited Jakarta for an interfaith meeting, where he said he agreed with the measures the Malaysian premier had taken to deal with the regional financial crisis of 1997-98.
Four days later, Mahathir wrote a three-page letter to Soros urging the much-maligned currency speculator to join him in his Global Peace Forum project, which sought to criminalise war and outlaw it as an option to settle international conflict. (more…)
The former premier had reportedly said that the people of Sabah and Sarawak be patient for the implementation of development in their states.
The blatant statement by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad asking the people of Sarawak and Sabah to be patient for the implementation of development perfectly demonstrates to the people in the Borneo states what the Barisan Nasional government thinks of us, said Baru Bian, chairman of Sarawak PKR.
“We are regarded as the ignorant and unquestioning fixed deposit states that are in this country to be milked dry to fund the excessive spending crazes in Peninsular Malaysia. (more…)