Hornbill Unleashed

December 31, 2017

Dr M: Saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t mean I was wrong

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad is greeted by party members during Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s first Anuual General Assembly in Shah Alam, December 2017. — Picture by Azneal IshakDespite apologising earlier today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that it did not necessarily mean that he was admitting to any wrongdoing during his tenure as prime minister.

The 93-year-old said the apology was more of a general statement to ensure no parties were offended during his opening speech at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) annual general assembly today.

“It is in our custom as a Malay to apologise. Whether I admit if I done wrong or not is a different matter.

“We always must be humble and apologise if I offended anyone,” he told reporters in a press conference here today.

The PPBM chairman earlier today made a general apology during his keynote speech and said it is normal for humans to make mistakes.

During his administration, Dr Mahathir was blamed for among others the 1987 Ops Lalang, which was credited with giving the now defunct Internal Security Act (ISA) the reputation of being a “white terror”, after the security law was used to detain 119 people.

Ops Lalang and the use of the ISA then had prompted Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, to remark that the country was undeniably “on the road to dictatorship”.

In October, human rights group Suaram had then demanded an apology from Dr Mahathir over Ops Lalang.

Dr Mahathir had also earned public ire when he jailed his then deputy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998, kicking off the “Reformasi” movement. The two have since patched up their relationship.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by KAMLES KUMAR




  1. To get rid of a very corrupt government and restore the integrity of our institutions, Dr M is just a mean to an end, and not an end itself. To all those who still bore him hatred and disdain, be wise and use your head instead of listening to your heart. At the end of the day, our primary goal is to save the country and uproot the deep-rooted corruption as practiced by Najib and his minions in UMNO and in complicit with other BN parties like MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PBS, SUPP, etc

    Comment by Narcos — January 2, 2018 @ 8:27 PM | Reply

  2. Tun Mahathir, has done achieved more for the country than any other Prime minister, that is a given. Whatever he did was in his mind for the best for the nation and politics during his tenure, The abuse and misuse of the plat form he laid, is now causing serious damage to the nation. This is what he wants to correct. At his age to be willing to make a come back has to be appreciated by all, even UMNO. He was forced to join the opposition since he lost the ‘loyalty’ of UMNO leaders, most of whom he nurtured. The appalling disrespect shown to him alone justifies his wanting to lead the opposition to correct the wrongs being done in the country. UMNO is not what it was anymore. While protecting the rights of Malays is respected by all races, racial discrimination, bigotry, religious and racial supremacy which have crept in due to personal gains are damaging and seriously impacting our much loved country. TDM has the will to correct this. For this he has our utmost respect. We rather take a chance on this old man than letting the country rot under the kleptomaniac MO1.

    Comment by Saiful RD — January 2, 2018 @ 11:02 AM | Reply

  3. The sulking Malaysians who still prefer to demonise Mahathir rather think of the damage being done by the present government are generally a small section of the urban middle and upper class who tout themselves as democrats and intellectuals. They prefer to cut their noses to spite their own faces. Then, there are those who always feel aggrieved if no apologies are openly offered to soothe their troubled souls. However, thanks to the thinking and forgiving rakyat who understand that the priority is to reform the country and right the wrongs so as to improve the lot of the suffering Malaysians, that there is a light for the opposition coalition at the end of the tunnel. If only the opposition leaders are less petty and selfish and discard the feeling of self- importance and can see the bigger picture will the support of the thinking and brave rakyat beat fruits.

    Comment by Kumar Sankaran — January 1, 2018 @ 5:14 PM | Reply

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