Saturday, October 28, 2006

Mahathir's Statements - Asking For Trouble.

There is only so much patience that one can exercise and a limit to the deference to seniority and contributions to society and nation. And Dr Mahathir seems hell bent on pushing this government to the maximum tolerance level it has so far remarkably maintained.

But the point is slowly and surely being reached where the shouts of "enough is enough" is becoming heard. One such exasperated group is the Umno Youth which said yesterday that it was sick and tired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s continued tirade against the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Umno Youth chief and Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the wing’s support for Abdullah, who is also Umno president, could not be questioned. He was responding to the continuing attacks by Dr Mahathir on Abdullah’s leadership.

I can imagine the PM's frustration when he throws up his hands and says "go ahead and criticise me." What can the PM do in such a situation where the accuser unreasonably says that no one dares to criticise him, other than to patiently reiterate that consensus decision is his way?

Who benefits from Dr Mahathir's tirades? For one, the opposition who must be watching the goings on with undisguised glee. The very same opposition that the Tun battered and bloodied many times during his tenure. Then there are those who are not wellwishers of this country and would love to witness its downfall or at least see it being pushed down a notch or ten. These are the so-called lovers of democracy and its principles who now openly cheer a tyrant just because it suits their own strategy and 'vibes' with their own prejudices and dislikes, and not that they believe in what Dr Mahathir is raving and ranting about.

All I can say is that if Dr Mahathir keeps this up he is going to lose whatever respect that he still enjoys. There is a limit even to the legendary kesopanan Melayu.

Read here: A zinger from Zam.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hissamuddin response is because Dr. M started saying that KJ owed his position to his blocking his son from contesting. Hissamuddin response raises a notch to the vitrols yes.

My own guess is that Dr. M IS asking for trouble. The truth is if he cause enough trouble, the PM and boot-lickers like Hissamuddin will get into trouble. He knows that all it takes is for him to create opportunities to the many people, including his sons, looking for opportunities to take them down.

12:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no fan of Mahathir and yes, he is seeking trouble.
Except this time, he is seeking redemption for all the wrongs during his own PMship.
Pak Lah is simply continuing his legacy of money politics with politicians like Datuk Zakaria, who can operate above the law with impunity.
Not even a Royal reprimand will shake this man. See it happen over the next few days. He will still be appointed Councillor together with one other family member.
The same goes on and on.

1:09 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Robin Goodfellow said...

There was an interesting comment sent in by a reader of The Star (28 Oct 2006) in the Opinion, Page N25:-

"If I have some grievances with the present Government, will anyone arrange a meeting for me to see the PM? Can I expect a reply from the PM for my grievances?"

And now, Dr. M is claiming that the present Government is out to get him, his relatives, and his close associates, by means fair or foul.

Oh well, I suppose our country does need a Mamak version of Dr. Andrei Sakharov or Nelson Mandela. Or David Letterman.

2:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

robin, don't u think this old man has been staying on top for too long hat he has forgotten how an ordinary man should behave and suffer?

5:24 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Robin Goodfellow said...

"robin, don't u think this old man has been staying on top for too long (t)hat he has forgotten how an ordinary man should behave and suffer?" Anonymous

Agreed.

First, I would like to apologise without reservations to The Malaysian for 'hijacking' the blog comment page in order to answer this.

Second, I think Dr. M should chill out more and start watching David Letterman. His Jokes and One-Liners, coming after the Meeting is Both Original and Good. Victimised relatives? Ha Ha Ha! Police State? Ha Ha Ha? Checks and Balances? This one was told by Mokhzani, and was meant to be the Punchline!

One eagerly anticipates his next stand-up routine. Dave Chapelle, perhaps?

6:40 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

No apologies needed robin. Be my guest. Come to think of it you'll make an excellent guest writer for this blog. If you like the idea please do email me and we'll work something out.

8:13 PM GMT+8  

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