Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Voters Will Permanently Support Pakatan Rakyat If It Works For The People & Governs Well, Says Dr M

The decision by former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon to accept a job under the Penang DAP Government should not be taken lightly by Barisan Nasional if it wishes to survive and regain the people’s support, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister said in a letter that Lee might be motivated by a genuine desire to work for the good of Penang and Malaysia but, “it may also be because loyalty to Barisan is now based on personal gains or fear of punishment of some kind.”

He said this was especially so among the leaders and there was no genuine love for the objectives said to be the raison d’etre for the coalition’s existence.

Dr Mahathir added that if the Opposition were able to provide a good government, look after the interests of ordinary people, and lead a spartan lifestyle, those who voted for them out of anger against Barisan would transfer their loyalty permanently to them.

When that happens, he said Umno and the other component parties could forget about recapturing the states they lost to the Opposition and their turncoat members would remain turncoats who would actively work against Barisan in the next elections.

“To lose once is bad but to lose a second time is an unmitigated disaster,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said unless drastic action was taken now there would not be enough time to rehabilitate Umno and all the other component parties for the next general election. (The Star)

***** In essence what Dr Mahathir is saying is that if Pakatan Rakyat does the opposite of what the corrupt Umno-led government has been doing all this while, then the BN can kiss goodbye to ruling Malaysia again.

It is evident that Dr M knows very well that the BN, especially Umno has not been doing things right when he says "if the Opposition were able to provide a good government, look after the interests of ordinary people, and lead a spartan lifestyle, those who voted for them out of anger against Barisan would transfer their loyalty permanently to them."

But do you think that by advocating 'drastic action' he will support good governance? Doubtful. He and the majority of the Umno leadership are yearning to get back to the bad old days of Mahathir-style dictatorship with its inherent corruption, cronyism, racism and extreme intolerance to free speech and the practise of the true tenets of democracy.

At this current turbulent moment in Malaysian politics, Dr Mahathir represents one of the greatest dangers to the welfare, unity and stability of Malaysia. It cannot be denied that at one point in our history he was considered a great leader, but that era has passed and in retrospect while he enhanced his international image and oversaw the rapid industrialisation of the country, he was also largely responsible for seriously damaging our democratic institutions.

What Dr Mahathir is passionately fighting for now is NOT for the interests of the average Malaysian but for that of the Umno politicians, cronies and hangers-on. His time in the Malaysian sun is over and we should not inadvertently do anything to contribute to his resurgence even via the backdoor. It is in our interest to do our utmost in firmly ushering him into political oblivion where all dictators finally rest and regret.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malaysians Will Resolutely Support the Deportation of Dr M back to TamilNadu If he continues to play racial politics, Says Me

1:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"dictators finally rest and regret" may more likely be "fret and regret" for Dr M

2:01 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Warga Tua said...

Mahathir should confess his wrong doings during his 22 year dictatorial rule before passing his comments. But no, he is not at all ashame of the mess he had created. He is now unabashedly criticizing the legacy of corruption and bad governance he left behind. We are completely bewildered by what he utters from time to time.

4:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous kl said...

Very telling isn't it? His statement regarding good governence and spartan lifestyle? Too bad, most of the malay majority in this country still think that it is ok to support corruption and cronyism so as long as the corrupted and the cronies throw them a bone once in a while.

Run it to the ground, abscond with everything, maybe the experts are wrong and the oil won't run out that early...

Migration anyone? I hear Canada is pretty good nowadays,....

4:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous cakap bolak balik said...

It's either he is truly regret for the sake of BN or he is showing one of his senile complications. What a mess!

7:28 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Mamak is a FAKE.
See how he could twist and turn?
His trademark can't change.
A Lepord can't change it's skin.
A snake does not know the potent of it's venom on its victim. So he never regrets his actions!

2:47 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

kl 4:54pm...correct, correct, correct. TDM's statement..."if the Opposition were able to provide a good government, look after the interests of ordinary people, and lead a spartan lifestyle"...he knows that the BN MPs can't do that!
Canada? I heard that it's expansive. I know a lot of Malaysians (non-Bumis) have gone / are going to Australia & the US.

8:31 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tun,
I think you don't have a right to speak on this matter. First and foremost, with whose ever advice on earth, you still appointed the Judge. I feel, the appointment and termination should be done by an independent body. You had undue influence on the whole process. Second, you had vengeance in your mind. With Ku Li almost knocking you out, you wanted everyone in your way to be removed. Tun Salleh, obviously preferred Ku Li and you knew that. Hence you wanted him to be removed. Third, I always doubt when you champion the cause of the Malays when in fact you are Indian Muslim. Just because you have little bit of Malay blood, does not make you a Malay. Your siblings and the extended family members are somehow Indian Muslim. Hence there is a mockery on the definition of Malay. Fourth, you say you are not racist. How come, your policies are so racist oriented. I am a Malay, borned after the independence, and I feel disgusted with your policies. You and your cronies like Daim, Mamak Zam, Sheikh Kadir, and loads of Penang Mamaks are claiming to be Malays when in fact they are Indian Muslims. You people really follow the saying " Act like the Romans when you are in Rome!!". You are absolutely a racist. UMNO on the other hand breeds cronism,nepotism and favouritism. All scholarships, subsidies, contracts are given to UMNO Malays. I am a Malay, who grew up in the heartland. We did not get anything. I worked hard and go my self to London, whereby I am working as an investment banker. The goverment did not help me. I believe, the whole philosophy of UMNO is to be a racist party. Fools like Ali Rustam, Hishammuddin, Khir Toyo are all racist people.
You claim to have brought much development to Malaysia. I guess you brought more menace than development. You brought inefficiency, wasted public fund, and of course the core moral values were all corroded from the Malays at large.
I hope in your remaining days, you just remain quiet.

A Learned Malay Who Is Not Racist

6:42 PM GMT+8  

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