The old man is at it again since after the disastrous showing by the BN exposes the present government to a real serious danger of it either being booted out the next time around or even more serious still, shoved off it's posh cushy chairs by defections. He is not having any quality sleep. unliike his successor. Is he afraid for the nation? Is he afraid for UMNO? Is he afraid for BN or is he afraid for himself? Whatever it is he is very afraid; his actions shows that he is pressing the panic button hard. Is he afraid that if a new non BN government takes over it would be proven, over time, that he is a human after all with full of human frailties and in his case, loads of ego? Is he afraid that the new government is going to unlock the closet and cart out wagons of skeletons? Is he afraid that the man he tried to murder politically would be his undoer?
Why don't he just admit his faults and apologise to the people of this country and please don't show your utter stupidity by asking us to ask the Tribunal to apologise. You are acting like a little, I can do no wrong, spoilt child who asked the maid to apologise for the broken vase because she did not dare stop him, for fear of being bitten, when he broke it.
I am taking the liberty to reproduce an email written by a certain Shanker to Susan Loone. It is good for us to be constantly reminded of things since the old man himself did say that Melayu mudah lupa and may I add he is lucky in a way because it's because of that that he still gets people attending his speeches. I hope both Susan and Shanker don't mind. If you do, I offer to take it down.
Dear Tun Dr Mahathir,
My first impression when I read your letter – Dr M speaks up on
Rulers and politicians – The Sun 28/3/08 – was - wow, what an irony.
Perhaps the irony of all ironies.
The jury’s out, and you still want to justify yourself before the masses.
What does it take, for you to admit, the role you played in bringing
Malaysia to the depressing state that it is today - politically,
socially, morally and economically? (Though the recent GE has at least
offered hope- nevertheless the road ahead is still long).
What does it take for you to admit, YOUR faults?
The lame excuses offered in your letter – Even other accusations
against me, including the dismissal of judges, were not my doing and I
do not feel obliged to apologise. Ask the Tribunal to apologise.
Really Tun, and you would have us to believe that you were just a
passive by-stander when this nation’s bastion of justice was being
flushed down into a black hole? In any event, why moot the notion of an
apology, unless something wrong was committed? If yes, why did you, as
the paramount leader, do nothing? To clear its good name, the
Government should get credible foreign agencies to do… investigation.
This, coming from an individual who bedevilled foreigners in his
days. In any event, can they also pull out files from your time in
office? Of course, if such an imaginary course of action was ever
possible, I can just picture your response – “ I can’t remember”, or
“it’s my prerogative”…. “I am aware that people are looking into
possible misdeeds by me during my 22 years …..So far they have not
Well Tun, perhaps it’s because these “people” haven’t gone very far
yet….but then, what do you think the VK Lingam tape episode is all
Tun – are you really upset because of Badawi’s ineptness, or are you
acting that way because Badawi cancelled your pet projects, and as a
result, your cronies couldn’t get a hold of the hand-me-downs which you
would have promised them during your reign? What kind of road show are
you putting up here? To get sympathy from the masses? Wouldn’t it be
easier if you just apologised?
I sincerely doubt, as do many Malaysians, that this re-birth of
Malaysia would have been possible if you were still in power today.
Here you are, a trigger happy man when it concerns Badawi and his ilk.
However, convenient ignorance is the order of the day when it comes to
your own misdeeds of the past. Alas, for these things that you whack
Badawi for, bear very much, the finger prints that you had left in your
22 years of being the nation’s Chief Executive.
Many are critical of Badawi at this point, and rightly so. But was
it Badawi who created the rot? Or did he inherit it before he himself
went on to tinker with it? How could he have created it, in the four
short years that he ruled? And yet Tun, you would aver to have us
believe, that you are as innocent as a blue-eyed, sweet-dimpled baby in
the evolution of all things wrong in Malaysia. Let me list it out:-
- The rot of the Judiciary
- The muzzled and impotent mass media
- The demonising of a valid Opposition and the tactical use of the May 13 fear to augment it.
- The suppression of basic civil rights - it wasn’t Badawi who
started the practice of gassing the nation’s people who exercised their
right to peaceful public demonstrations.
- The ISA and Operasi Lallang.
- The use of racial politics to rule and divide.
- The corruption that is the civil service today.
- The loss of billions of ringgits - this practice too, wasn’t
started by Badawi, even though he certainly raised the bar! Let’s recap
MAS, UEM, MRCB, Renong, Proton, Perwaja, Bank Bumi, the E-Village,
Paya Indah Wetlands, MSC, Cyber-jaya, the Putrajaya development which
today, is a certified loss, the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the purchase
of MAS shares by EPF at higher than market price, the so-called “paper”
loss of billions through FOREX & Tin Futures Trading, the rise of
money politics in UMNO and BN, toll concessions that burden the rakyat,
lop-sided agreements with Independent Power Producers, the issuance of
APs, the mis-allocation of Bumi shares/contracts/scholarships etc. to
relatives of Ministers and leacherous hop-on political riders,
extravagant projects that provide nothing more than gloss when
measuring national achievements, and so on and so forth.
And just where do we conclude this list?
You were definitely better than Badawi at controlling various
situations in the country; but fear and an iron fisted approach was the
lead course of action, in order to make it work. You are the consummate
political chess grandmaster - a political Bobby Fischer, if you like -
gifted with an impeccable sense of timing. As it is, you are still
trying to manoeuvre what little pawns you could find on the board today
- albeit limited in your moves - very much like a Bobby Fischer coming
out of retirement.
Where does the buck stop? When Watergate was uncovered, it went all
the way to Nixon, and the President took responsibility, as Chief
Executive, and resigned. But you, dear Tun, despite clear, irrefutable
evidences that lead all the way to your door step, still plead
innocence, or amnesia, or powerlessness, or “its-my-prerogative” type
Where did Badawi and the UMNO - ites of today obtain their “ilham” to carry on business as usual?
Wasn’t it you, who confronted the Rulers on their powers and later
went on to curtail it - seen through the Constitutional Crisis of the
80s? So why is there so much of fuss when it comes to the drama that
unfolded in Terengganu the past couple of days? Didn’t you create this
If you were still in office, we wouldn’t have had this much freedom
in voicing our opinions today. And I would be hauled by the Special
Branch for daring to suggest these issues. Let’s give Badawi that much
Do you think that Malaysians are so naive so as to think that the
various branches of the Executive, the Judiciary, and the Police were
acting on their own volition without following the operating guidelines
“established” by Putrajaya during your time?
Let me give a you piece of advice - Malaysians are a forgiving lot,
really. And all you have to do to earn that justifiable measure of
respect on your epitaph is to apologise.
I think no one is going to get vindictive if you do that - sincerely. Remember, Nixon did get his pardon.
In any event, all this was your dilemma to begin with.