Hornbill Unleashed

August 27, 2012

‘Mahathir, you have not triumphed’

CT Ali

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may have been aiming ‘a tad too high’ when he likened himself with ‘dictators’ such as Mubarak, Hitler, Marcos and Gaddafi.

“Saya ingin tahu daripada pelawat ke blog saya tentang apakah yang saya telah lakukan semasa saya menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang menjadi bukti bahawa saya adalah seorang Diktator.” – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir in his posting ‘Diktator’ recently asked readers of his blog Che Det, (of which this writer is one) for reasons why he has been unceremoniously dubbed a dictator.

He mentions Mubarak, Hitler, Marcos, Ceausescu, Mussolini, Gaddaffi and Saddam Hussein – all dictators of ill repute, notorious and certainly of dubious prominence but may I humbly suggest to Tun Mahathir that maybe he might be aiming a tad too high when linking himself to these dictators.

Any one of them would easily rate a mention in the top 20 dictators in our lifetime.

Unfortunately Mahathir may, at most, be mentioned as a dictator by the DAP Rocket and few other bloggers.

He flatters himself by thinking that he is in their company. These days he does seem bothered about what people write about him…visions of mortality perhaps.

Let’s start from the beginning – from the time when he was a doctor and had to have the biggest car around and a Chinese driver!

Right from that time in his life Mahathir was already into making it known that he could afford a big car and a Chinese driver!

But then as now, who really cares?

His next memorable work was the writing of his book the Malay Dilemma – and we know what that was all about.

Insecure Mahathir

Then as Minister of Education, the changes he made to our education system has had adverse ramifications until today for the Malays and for all Malaysians.

My first memory of Mahathir’s time as Prime Minister was his insistence that all government servants use a name tag.

Who can forget that Lat cartoon about that civil servant with a name tag right across his chest!

I mention all this because it gives us an idea of what kind of person this Mahathir is.

A very insecure little man who seeks attention and recognition from others with grand empty supercilious gesture that falls short of any real substance.

There are always a few of these ‘Walter Mitty’ types in our midst.

A Walter Mitty is “an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”

Our tragedy is that this ordinary, ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs became our Prime Minister!

He had grand designs.

This ‘almost a Malay’ used the most fundamental tools – education and all government machinery under his control – to try and establish ‘his’ Malay race as the first amongst equals in our nation.

Ustaz Reduan Tee said even as a Chinese, he stills champions the Malay!

Mahathir, an ‘almost Malay’

The irony of it all must have not been lost on Mahathir because we have this ‘almost a Malay’ not championing his people from Kerala but the Malays because he now becomes part of the ‘Tuans’ in Malaysia.

This daydream of his never became a reality as evident in the situation the Malays find themselves in today – never an equal among the other races and always the ‘Johnny-come-lately’ behind the Chinese.

But it did okay for Mahathir, his family and his cronies. They are rich beyond their dreams – at our expense.

For Mahathir,  his family and his cronies are the proof that his grand design for Ketuanan Melayu has been achieved!  Yes it has Tun Mahathir but at whose expense?

This 13th GE will be a defining moment in our nation but it has a historical before and after.

Umno is now facing the real possibility of defeat at the polls and this is because of the historical before!

The ‘historical before’ of what 22 years of Mahathir rule has turned Umno and Barisan Nasional into – a corrupt, arrogant and isolated political entity that is unable to understand the aspiration of its own people.

The ‘historical after’ is what we are trying to achieve with Pakatan Rakyat – change for the better.

Mahathir still clueless

Even in his heroic daydreams, Mitty does not triumph, several fantasies being interrupted before the final one sees Mitty dying bravely in front of a firing squad.

And all of them have faced their personal firing squad in one form or another. None of them died bravely!

You are in the midst of being blind folded and about to be taken to meet your firing squad – though like your Diktator article indicated, you are NOT going bravely – still protesting your innocence, still clueless of what and why you are about to be sentenced for.

And you’re obviously still wanting assurance from the people that you have indeed triumphed in your personal daydreams. Tun Mahathir you have not triumphed.

Mahathir, while you see Putrajaya, Twin Towers, the North South Highway, KLIA, Petronas Twin Towers as massive business opportunities given to the Malaysian businessmen and it is your legacies to our nation – we see waste, costs overruns, massive debts and mismanagement of our resources and wealth to benefit your family, your cronies and Barisan Nasional.

While you see 22 years of political stability, we see the misuse and abuse of every imaginable public and government apparatus for the benefit of your political agenda to keep you in power for that 22 years.

And we all, together with Umno, now have to live with the consequences of that selfish 22 years that kept you in power.

It will take a long time before our society deals with these failures. Because your government failed, we the people have had to take the initiative of making these changes ourselves.

You used race and religion to divide and rule our people.



  1. Please forward this where RAKYAT could access to this comment. I really appreciate your help. Thank you for your kind help.

    Rakyat’s Expectation to Govt ?

    POLITICIANS, Govt or oppostions the obj is personal gain? Cronysim [TUN DAIM ZAINUDDIN] & Nepotism? RAKYAT pays the price!
    Today most of RAKYAT hardly fullfill their monthly needs! WHAT need another 55 yrs to soundle RAKYAT’S money !.
    The income gap is from hunders to hunderds of thousands of ringgit a month !


    Tak habis2 isu agama,propaganda2,ceremah2politik,perhimpuanan2, guna nama parti, nama pemimpin utk mempolitikan agenda masing2, mempermainkan & memperbodohkan rakyat BAHAN POLITIK SEJAK 55 THN, menghasut pemikiran stp rakyat, guna taktik NORTH KOREA, pemimpin, menteri2, & ahli2 politik, nampaknya berjaya mempengaruhi RAKYAT! Rakyat spt budak2 beri gula spt kali bersuara! stp kali meningati RAKYAT BAHAWA KERAJAAN TELAH BANYAK MEMBANTU RAKYAT, MAJUKAN NEGARA, ini dah jadi TUGAS KERAJAAN , it’s Govt responsiblity to do so, every govt around the world does that! The MEDIA (Crony) is the govt BRAINWASHING MACHINE for the past 22 yrs.

    PENTING SELESAIKAN MASALAH RAKYAT DULU, Poverty,Economic Decline, Employment, Corruption, Healthcare, Crime, Inflation, Labour issues, Enviroment, & many more. JANGAN jadikan isu2 lain utk tarik perhatian RAKYAT, KHAZANAH NASIONAL,sumber utama kewangan Kerajaan & GLC’S pd 80 an, MANA PERGI KEUNTUNGAN? est Hundreds of Billions of ringgit.Direct,Indirect Taxes,Income Hunderds of Billions p.a,5%Service Charge Income Billions p.a,GLC’s nett Income Hunderds of Billions p.a?Mega Project Income Billions p.a? Govt Annual Revenue Hundreds Billions or more? Calcalute 22 years – spent on RAKYAT,Nation Devoplment, balance? Any proper accurate Statments,Records to RAKYAT? KESEDARAAN RAKYAT? It shows perception of RAKYAT towards Govt, BUKA MINDA, ! TEPUK DADA TANYA SELERA !

    PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDA? (Cronyism & Nepotism) High Political Politics Propaganda!

    WhyNEP? PREVILIGES? WhyPRIVATIZATION? WhyPNB? WhyASB? Why GLC? Why Monopoly,Duopoly&Oligopoly? Why Mega Projects? Why few is multimillionaires & rest still remain poor? Why few selected ones? Why benefits few Malays,Chinese,Indians,Others? Why the rest remain same for past 22yrs? High Inflation? EPF it’s enough? High Insurance Premiums? Please no hard feelings, straight to the point! The few enjoys high quality & luxuries life, the rest enjoy What? What it is stated in Mysia Constitution regarding who will enjoy & who don’t? Cronies & Nepotism? ALL BN & OPPOSITIONS PARTY MEMBERS is high income group?,Cronies,enjoy special previliges,luxuries life? RAKYAT RENUNGKAN, Always Ask Why?,Why? Why?, Always Question the Govt, Why? & RAKYAT get the ANSWER, Logic or not. RAKYAT suspious in every plan, step, movement, policy, approved by Govt (RAKYAT INTEREST) ” TEPUK DADA TANYA SELERA” !

    WHERE professional RAKYAT, LAWYERS, DOCTORS, ACCOUNTANTS,OTHERS, not aware, busy, ignore, or in “safe zone” of the Low & Middle RAKYAT problems & issues faced? Low & Middle Income RAKYAT faces Welfare, Rights, Employment, Poverty, & other issues, what next? I belive Professional RAKYAT will defend, raise, assist this group of RAKYAT in any issues towards Govt, Lawyers busy with their Court Cases, Doctors busy with their patients, stay away from this?

    HOW about the Sultan’s & King? if not mistaken, King,Sultan’s & Kerabat Raja tidak boleh menyertai POLITIK, hanya Lihat (Watch) menjaga, memantau, beri nasihat bila perlu, perkembangan Kerajaan & Negara? RAKYAT? , just give instruction, order, to Govt for personal demands & take home salary?. STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, NO HARD FEELINGS, PLEASE ADVISE IF ANY OF MY STATMENT IS WRONG, THANK YOU. RAKYAT . I appreciate your Advise on this RAKYAT.

    Together We Contriubute to build a better MALAYSIA !

    Mysia economy growth5%,6%,7%,8%…., to impress RAKYAT that mysia is better than any other nation? worth trust BNM,MOF,Economist,Financial Advisors whom link to Govt?

    The Political Agenda is The most intellectual politics to convince RAKYAT. Knowldege most powefull weapon for RAKYAT. Again I stress out,the NEEDS, PROBLEM & ISU faced by RAKYAT. RAKYAT is Asset! ” More Public AWARNESS” ! RAKYAT AWARNESS! Don’t be slave to the System ! Terima Buta2 tanpa fikir, the hidden Agenda !

    As ordinary rakyat I do my part same goes to ALL RAKYAT MALAYSIA ! BUILD A PROUD NATION !


    Comment by SIK — August 30, 2012 @ 2:38 PM | Reply

  2. In a democratic country, this man would be arrested and tried for treason, undermining and destroying the Nation through: a) Apartheid & racism. b) Deception of the public with controlled media and rigged elections. c) Weakening almost all institutions of governance including the legislature, judiciary, police, ACC/MACC, the Election Commission, and the Attorney-General’s Chambers. d) Mis-management, manipulation and corruption causing losses in hundreds of billions of RM$. If convicted all stolen assets to be returned and then the Convict executed for treason. It is appalling these people behave like heros, saints and kings without the slightest remorse or sense of shame. His sons are directors of 200 companies and drive some of the most expensive cars in the world? eg the Ferrari Enzo & the RM5.5million Bugatti Veyron…Am writing from a truly transparent and democratic country, NZ.

    Comment by alan newman, new zealand — August 28, 2012 @ 4:58 PM | Reply

  3. Mahathir’s sons with their billions should read this: Hannibal Gaddafi’s UKP300million ship was left unfinished when his father was overthrown….It would have had marble columns, statues, luxury fittings and gold-framed mirrors. The ship would have also boasted of marble floors, panoramic glass lifts with virtual waterfalls, and glass walkways over the shark aquarium. Hannibal reportedly had 6 deadly sharks…..3 of the ex- Dictator’s sons have been killed and 1 held awaiting ICC trial. Mubarak and his 2 billionaire sons Alaa & Gamal are in Tora jail, so is the super tycoon Ahmed Ezz and a bunch of other Mubarak-era mega-businessmen.

    Comment by alan newman, new zealand — August 28, 2012 @ 4:53 PM | Reply

  4. How To Support & Against Democracy – BN style

    Today Dr Mamak said always support, defend democracy no matter what

    But next day Dr Mamak telling his native origin India against too much democracy is good…Wow, a former Indian telling India how to run a nation, huh. Then he reminds Filipino how corrupt Marcos was…pot calling kettle black……

    Worst still Dr Mamak prefer Komunis China example as alternative to democracy…

    He He He…this Dr Mamak keep tukar wayang kulit whenever it suits him well only

    Dr Mamak knows that BN gonna lose and now blame Democracy for BN downfall…very sickening…

    You all should stop listening to this Devil lah…don’t waste your money buy his book also…

    DAP’s anti-hopping law against Pakatan’s principles, says Dr M
    By Lisa J. Ariffin, The Malaysian Insider – Sat, Aug 25, 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 ― The DAP’s proposal to enact anti-hopping laws in Penang goes against Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) oft-touted support for freedom of association and liberalisation, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

    The country’s longest serving prime minister today questioned the PR party’s sudden rejection of political crossovers, saying it appeared to renege on the opposition’s call for a more liberal society.

    “They say they want to be liberal, to speak one’s mind and to criticise people and whatnot by saying that is our freedom,” the veteran politician told a press conference at his Hari Raya open house here today.

    “So why do they want to prevent people from party hopping?” he asked.

    Dr Mahathir said internal squabbles were common in all political parties and candidates would naturally switch sides if they were not loyal to a party.

    “If they are born in the year of the frog, then they will jump lah,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

    The DAP yesterday continued to push its proposal to enact anti-hopping laws in Penang although numerous defections from Barisan Nasional (BN) since Election 2008 have helped boost PR’s representation in Parliament.

    DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement that gaining political representation through defections was “immoral, unethical and unprincipled” as it showed contempt for the democratic choice of an elected representative’s voters.

    He said an elected representative should resign from his seat and seek a fresh mandate should he choose to leave the party he had previously contested under.

    “Democracy, accountability and ethical conduct demand that the voters be given another opportunity to pass judgment whether such a decision by the elected representative to hop over is acceptable or not,” he said.

    As an example, Lim pointed to the fall of the Perak PR government in 2009 when the defection of three assemblymen — two from PKR and one from the DAP — had helped BN reclaim the state.

    But the DAP leader did not touch on the recent defection of Sabah BN MPs — Datuk Seri Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing and Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin — who left their respective parties in the ruling pact last month to pledge support for PR.

    Lim also did not speak of PR’s September 16 takeover attempt in 2008 when de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had boasted that mass political crossovers to PR would see BN toppled from its perch in Putrajaya.

    Despite the failed takeover attempt, the incident has continued to cast a cloud over Anwar and PR, and was raised again recently when Lim’s DAP-led administration in Penang proposed to enact an anti-hopping law to prevent such crossovers.

    When responding to the issue, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek flayed Lim for the proposal, reminding the latter that PR parties have often relied on political defections to gain electoral power.

    PR has never unseated any state government through political defections.

    The veteran politician was quoted in the media as suggesting that Lim introduce amendments in his own party constitution instead of pushing for fresh laws to be enacted in Penang.

    But Lim rejected Dr Chua’s proposal, saying that amending the party constitution would not prevent coup attempts like the Perak takeover by BN or compel a defector to resign from his or her seat.

    The DAP secretary-general said Dr Chua’s apparent opposition to Penang’s plan to enact anti-hopping laws only highlights BN’s readiness to usurp power from its enemies through political defections.

    Lim had said on Tuesday that Penang was looking to pass an anti-party hopping law during the next state assembly sitting in November ahead of the coming 13th general election that must be held by next year.

    The Bagan MP had said this would mean any political defection must later result in a re-election to ensure that the democratic right of voters is upheld.

    Less democracy better for India, says Mahathir
    India could be China if it was less democratic – Mahathir
    Hindustan Times, December 02, 2011

    Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, who was the keynote speaker at HT Leadership Summit 2011 on Friday, said India could be China in terms of development if it was “less democratic”.

    Mohamad, who transformed Malaysia from being a small rubber exporter to one of Asia’s “tiger economies”, said India needed a much stronger central government and a powerful federal structure, but less powerful provincial governments to be able to make rapid economic progress.

    The comments cut at the core of India’s current logjam and resistance to allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retailing.

    “Democracy does not always ensure stability and prosperity. He said that though democracy is the best form of government, it is not the easiest because people do not understand the limitations of democracy,” Mohamad.

    Mohamad, who towered over his country’s politics for over two decades, is remembered for his colourful personality, frequent barbs at the West, and the authoritarian manner in which he implemented his pro-market reforms that saw Malaysia’s rise as an economic power.

    “It is important for the world to understand the limitations of democracy,” he said. “Too much democracy, without understanding the responsibilities, can obstruct decision-making,” he said, later during an exclusive multimedia interview for hindustantimes.com.

    A keen observer of Asian politics, Mohamad cited the example of Singapore, which had done very well economically because of limited democracy.

    “Sometimes democracy can paralyse decision-making,” he said to a round of applause since it resonated with the audience, especially in view of the current deadlock in Parliament over allowing FDI in multi-brand retail.

    Asked if he had any suggestion to make to the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, Mahathir said he ought firmly sell his policies he believed in.

    ‘Govt must convince people on FDI’

    Known for pushing tough economic policies, Mahathir said the UPA government should hardsell its plan to allow FDI in multi-brand retail.

    “If the Indian government thinks it (FDI) is good for the country, then it should publicise it well and launch an outreach plan to tell that it is good,” the former Malaysian PM said.

    “The government should explain that FDI in multi-brand retail is good for the people, not the government,” he said, adding that decision-making is often a casualty in coalition governments.

    Dr M promotes China Communist model as alternative to democracy
    By Yow Hong Chieh, The Malaysian Insider, 26 April 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today called democracy a “failed” ideology and held up China’s model of authoritarianism as an alternative “worth studying”.

    He said China’s political model — which he termed the “Beijing Consensus” — showed that a nation could develop well even in the absence of freedom, liberty and equality — ideals fundamental to the rival “Washington Consensus”.

    “The Beijing Consensus shows that having a non-democratic country can also give a good life for the people,” Dr Mahathir told delegates at the “Creation of the Global Citizen: Media Liberalisation and the New Political Realities” forum organised by Umno here.

    “If you find good people to run a country, even dictators can make a country develop and develop very well.”

    He pointed out that China’s “correct” application of the Beijing Consensus had allowed the nation of 1.3 billion “very poor” people to become the second richest country in the world.

    The former premier also criticised the very premise of democracy, arguing that no issue could achieve total consensus, leading to an electoral split that will promote poor governance.

    “Democracy… has failed in many countries,” he said.

    “It is not the perfect thing it is touted to be. You find that some of these democracies really cannot work. People cannot make up their minds.

    Dr Mahathir cited hung parliaments in Britain and Australia as proof that countries cannot progress when a majority of its voters cannot make up their minds, saying frequent changes in leadership were not good for a nation.

    “We see a lot of democracies where leaders change every two years and the country cannot make any progress at all,” he said.

    “Even the countries that have made progress find sometimes that democracies hinder the development of the country, make the country unstable and difficult to develop.”

    He added that smaller parties roped into ad hoc coalitions to break hung parliaments in democracies will hold the majority hostage to minority demands that were not good for the country as a whole.

    Mahathir questions Filipino-style democracy
    by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News, 11 June 2012

    ‘Unbridled democracy yields mediocre leaders,’ says ex-Malaysian PM

    MANILA, Philippines – Malaysia’s Prime Minister of 22 years, Mahathir Mohamad today questioned Filipino-style democracy and raised the spectre of mediocre political leadership as the Philippines marks its 114th Independence Day.

    Mahathir was conferred an Honorary Professor Title by the University of Santo Tomas this morning.

    In his conferment speech, Mahathir said, “No doubt democracy is being practised by this country. But is it really what democracy is all about? Is democracy the end or the means? If we think that democracy is the end, then well and good. But why did we change from autocracy to democracy? Wasn’t it because autocracy had failed to deliver the good life that we wanted? We believed that since it is the people who disapproved of autocracy, then if the people were to rule the country, then surely they would rule themselves well.”

    Mahathir reminded his Filipinos audience that one pitfall of unbridled democracy is a poor leadership. “The leader in particular must be incorruptible. His being so will lessen the level of corruption among those under him. There will still be corruption but the degree would be less…In every country there are great people who should lead, but seeing the filth in politics ad the fears of those who come into power they are unwilling to take the risk. And so very often the leaders are mediocre people at best, present company accepted.”

    Mahathir later on added, “We cannot assume majority of the people must be intelligent. In many instances, majority is not intelligent and minority refuses to be Involved because they think politics is dirty. If you don’t manage democracy well it is not going to pay dividends.“

    Later on in the open forum, Mahathir was told that his contemporary, former President Ferdiand Marcos was a dictator. His response, “Marcos was elected, he was elected after he was elected, power corrupts that’s what happens to him. your choosing him was still a democratic procedure, look what happens when you make a wrong choice.”

    Unstable democracies, technological advances

    Mahathir likewise pointed out that as seen in other countries, unbridled democracy is bad since it makes countries unstable.

    “We are living in a tumultuous world, in a world of political turmoil, in a world of economic turmoil, in a world of social turmoil. We are seeing the collapse of moral values and of beliefs. All the things that we used to value are being questioned, scrutinised and in many cases rejected, to be replaced by what is called freedom, freedom which is enjoyed by some at the expense of others, often at the expense of the community as a whole.”

    Mahathir pointed out that technology has been abused to undermine governments. “ We are seeing advances in technology, advances which bring great benefits but which are also open to abuses, negating much of the benefits. Privacy is being invaded. Secrets, including sensitive military secrets are being leaked in the name of freedom of information. The whistle-blowers are hailed as heroes. Nothing is sacred any more.”

    Mahathir added, “When you create a problem by revealing people’s official secrets, something has to be done about it.”

    Demoracy and poverty

    Mahathir noted that democracy was supposed to be the answer to poverty under authoritarian regimes, yet in many cases, it failed to bring progress.

    “Democracy works only when the people understand the limitations of democracy. When people think only of the freedoms of democracy and know nothing of the implied responsibilities, democracy will not bring the goodness that it promises. Instead it will result only in instability and instability will not permit development to take place and the people to enjoy the benefits of freedom and the rights that democracy promises. No sooner is a Government elected when the losers would hold demonstrations and general strikes accusing the Government of malpractices.“

    Mahathir argued that people cannot govern themselves on their own, since not everyone will be competent to do so. “Why has democracy not delivered the good life we expected of it? Simply put, it is impossible for the people to rule themselves. There are too many of them and they cannot agree on anything. Government of the people, by the people and for the people would result in a stalemate, in no Government at all, in anarchy.”

    Mahathir used this to justify his country’s brand of democracy. “So what do we do? Do we accept the failures of democracy or de we make some adjustments and sacrifice some of the liberalism of democracy so we may extract something from the system? I will admit freely that Malaysia is not a liberal democracy. We see democracy principally as providing an “easy way” to change Governments. No revolution, no civil wars, no Arab spring. Just vote and the Government will be brought down or re-elected according to the wishes of the people.”

    Corruption and power

    Mahathir pointed out that those who overstay in power do so to protect themselves from being haunted by their past in government.

    “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is a truism. But if one is frequently reminded that one day one will lose power and when that happens, others will hound you and make life miserable for you, that might help you overcome temptations. The more corrupt they are, the more they would want to hold the position for life. They fear giving up power, because they know the people would rise and seek to punish them, even killing them.”

    In the 2nd half of his speech, Mahathir shared lessons from his own term as Malaysia’s leader. One lesson is the need to minimize conflicts among its different races. ”This sharing and recognition of each others’ position reduced much of the tendency to friction between the races and ensured relative political stability – a necessity for economic development of the country. Unfortunately, it makes national unity practically impossible.”

    Need for industrialization, education

    Mahathir also stressed the importance of industrializing.” Industrialisation became necessary because agriculture could not create enough jobs for the growing population. Jobless people threaten the stability of the country and undermine the very effort to create the jobs that they need.”

    Mahathir said government must welcome more foreign direct investments, and help businesses. ”At a time when newly-independent countries were nationalising foreign-owned industries and businesses, we decided to invite foreigners, including the former colonial masters to come back and invest in industries in Malaysia.”

    “Then we thought that Government must help businesses to succeed. The Japanese were condemned for doing this. But we saw no reason why Government should not help business to make profits. Twenty-eight per cent of the profits by businesses belong to the Government anyway through the corporate tax they had to pay. Basically the Government was working for its 28% of the profit. We were not just helping the businessmen to make profits.”

    Mahathir said investments in education were made in this regard. “To increase the revenue of the people Government spent almost 25% of the national budget on education and training. Thus foreign as well as local investors were assured of a supply of educated and well trained staff.”

    Successful ASEAN

    Towards the end of his speech, Mahathir lauded the Association of SouthEast Asian nations for its help to its member-nations.

    ”I believe that ASEAN is the most successful of the groupings of developing countries, But in these troubled times, we need to come closer together, to cooperate more productively and to make use of our half a billion people as a market in order to gain more offsets for enlarging and diversifying our industries. We also need to cooperate with the three dynamic Northeast Asian countries.

    ” Malaysia had proposed an East Asian Economic Community to maximise the strength of our countries. Things are finally moving in that direction.”

    Mahathir added, “Really, the countries of Southeast Asia have great potentials for growth, prosperity and empowerment. All we need is people and leaders who love their country and people more than they love themselves.”

    Doctors and lawyers

    Mahathir also candidly answered questions from a panel of recators and the media after his speech.

    Mahathir, a doctor by profession, was asked who between doctors and lawyers made better leaders. His reply: “Doctors do have certain advantage, we are methodical in the way we approach problems to cure a person … we look at the history doing physical exam and doing lab test before we conclude. He may be suffering from 3 different diseases and see which to experiment first. If the patient survives, good, If he dies, sorry. Lawyers argue too much.”

    Nearly a decade after leaving office, Mahathir said he is far from retiring. “I’m still busy, I’m still much involved with the poltiics of the country.”

    Asked about the one lesson he wants the next set of leaders to learn, Mahathir said, “If you want to be a leader, be a leader. If you want to think about yourself, there’s no place for your own personal needs as a leader.”

    Dr M: Democracy has its limits
    By TERENCE TOH, The Star, Tuesday June 12, 2012

    PETALING JAYA: Democracy can only work when people understand its limitations, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

    “When people think only of the freedom that democracy brings and know nothing of the implied responsibilities, democracy will not bring the benefits it promises.

    “Instead, it will only result in instability, which will not allow development to take place,” Dr Mahathir said in a speech delivered at the University Santo Tomas’s special convocation in Manila yesterday.

    Dr Mahathir was relating what he had observed in Malaysia and other countries, particularly the new democracies, which he said had desperately tried to practise democracy only to receive negative results.

    “One of these countries has been unable to progress because of too much democracy,” he added. “No sooner is a government elected when the losers would hold demonstrations and general strikes accusing the government of malpractice.

    “The government has to deal with these disruptions and neglect the work of governing it is expected to carry out.”

    These disruptions could be so serious to cause the new government to resign, Dr Mahathir said, which caused new elections to be held only to end with the same results.

    “Why has democracy not delivered the good life we had expected of it?” Dr Mahathir asked. “Simply put, it is impossible for the people to rule themselves. There are too many of them and they cannot agree on anything.

    “Government of the people, by the people and for the people will result in a stalemate, in no government at all, in anarchy.”

    “So what do we do?” Dr Mahathir asked. “Do we accept the failures of democracy, or do we make some adjustments and sacrifice some of the liberalism of democracy so we may extract something from the system?”

    “I will admit freely that Malaysia is not a liberal democracy,” he said. “We see democracy principally as providing an easy way’ to change governments.

    “No revolution, no civil war, no Arab spring. Just vote and the government will be brought down or re-elected according to the wishes of the people.”

    Dr Mahathir said that in Malaysia, the candidates of Opposition parties could win, and had captured many of the state governments.

    Clearly, if the people so wished, he added, they could overthrow the ruling party under the present election system.

    ‘Mahathir will never understand democracy’
    by G Vinod, FMT, June 15, 2012

    Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad said that former premier’s speech in Manila early this week showed that he does not understand democracy or how it works.

    PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will never understand democracy judging from his recent speech on the subject at the University Santo Tomas in Manila.

    PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad said that Mahathir hated democracy and that was why he and the Barisan Nasional (BN) feared a people’s uprising against dictatorship.

    “Mahathir will never understand democracy for its worth till he meets his end,” said Dzulkefly in his latest blog posting.

    On Monday, Mahathir gave a speech at the University Santo Tomas and he is reported to have said that democracy could only work if people understood its limitations.

    He also reportedly said that “it is impossible for the people to rule themselves. There are too many of them and they cannot agree on anything.

    “A government of the people, by the people and for the people will result in a stalemate, in no government at all, in anarchy,” said the former premier.

    Dzulkefly said that a functioning democracy would create a knowledgable society which would allow the masses to reprimand and depose its corrupt leaders via the ballot box.

    “By ‘adjusting’ democracy with draconian laws, the former premier had given rise to corruption and abuse of power which had affected our country’s competitive edge in the global arena,” he said.

    Although democracy was not originally an Islamic concept, Dzulkefly said that the system was very much compatible to Islamic principles.

    “For example, the system of check and balance in demoracy, works in tandem with Islamic calls for justice, transparency and accountability,” he said.

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — August 27, 2012 @ 11:30 AM | Reply

  5. Mamak has caused Malaysia become a poor country today !!! He is the evil !!!

    Comment by Mike- Johor — August 27, 2012 @ 11:23 AM | Reply

    • He should be exorcised and the evil spirit sent back to Kerala .. then execute him under firing-squad.

      Comment by tigeryk — August 28, 2012 @ 12:43 PM | Reply

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