Marion Tharsis: Pak Lah should grab this opportunity to charge Mahathir for the numerous ill doings committed during his ‘reign of terror’. Some are surfacing and he is diverting attention. Instead of using his twilight years to perhaps seek forgiveness for his wrongdoings and offering good and sound advice, this old man is just getting on everyone’s nerves by his unproductive and damaging remarks, comments and action. We thought it was the end of a very long and bad episode in Malaysian history when he resigned. But it lingers unabated though he may no longer hold the reins.
He is again harping on racial matters that could incite and stir trouble and unrest. If you notice, he has nothing good to say about anybody (except about his very small circle of friends who are discarded by the world) and seems to get his pleasure by causing chaos and confusion. His modus operandi has not changed a bit i.e. drive in fear and keep the people divided.
I think the Umno leaders are wise enough not to jeoprdise their positions listening to a spent force who will only lead them to their ruin. He is history and should be kept in the past. Remember, united you stand, divided you fall. No one benefits at the end.
Hibiscus: When Tun Dr Mahathir took office as PM in 1981, his theme was ‘ Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy’. When he left office 22 years later in 2003, people by and large find so many things stinking. I believe the bad smell contributed much to the BN losing so much ground in the recent general elections, especially as the BN leadership was not seen to be quick enough to clean up the mess left by 22 years of misrule.
In 1981, the ringgit was equal in value to the Singapore dollar. By the time TDM left office, it has lost so much ground that the Singapore dollar has become more than double in value against the ringgit. With such dismal performance, TDM should realise he has lost all moral rights to criticise his successor. He should retire quietly and not stir up things that remind people of the unpleasant 22 years of his rule so that Malaysians can move forward as one nation and find its place in the ever challenging globalised environment.
Athiru: Dear Ex-PM Dr M, this is enough. Please go and don’t destroy this beautiful nation of ours. The rakyat has had enough of your aristocratic iron-fist rule for the last 22 years. You hid yourself under the ISA and OSA and literally destroyed the nation in terms of integrity and self- respect. See for yourself what you did during your 22 years of arrogant and aggressive rule – the judiciary is in shambles; corruption is at its peak with civil servants, police, customs and immigration having a field time; university ratings have taken a beating with your race-based NEP; local graduates can hardly speak proper English and are unable to get employed in the private sector; citizenship is given to foreigners (Indonesians and Filipinos) in Sabah so much so that they exceed the locals; Petronas earnings are for you and your cronies to spend leaving the poor rakyat (eg in Kelantan) in extreme poverty.
Stop playing the race card and ‘Ketuanan Melayu’. We want to be known as Bangsa Malaysia – NOT Malay, Chinese or Indian. We were born here and we are rightly all Malaysians. That’s it. So please let the younger generation decide on this nation’s future.
Ron Liamsi: A sessage to all leaders who have outlived their times yet still think they are omnipotent and powerful. Remember what Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always’.
Kaisim: A leopard never changes its spots and so is Dr M`s character, He never fails to use undesirable racial tones to move his supporters when he is in desperate situations. He said: ‘The Malays have loosened their grip on political power to the point where the non-Malays no longer respect them and their institutions’. He also said: ‘Everything deemed as Malay privileges had been questioned and challenged by non-Malays. Malays were doing nothing to counter the situation and strengthen their position’.
Dr M, a distinguished political leader is seen playing a racial game to work up the feelings of his listeners. This is very dangerous and unbecoming of a former PM. Why must he stoop so low and talk like a bankrupt leader.? Yes, in the ’60s and the ’70`s politicians played this game to move up. Unless we want another May 13, leaders should be careful.
We all know Dr M very well in his 22 years in the government. The minority groups have never questioned or challenged the rights of the Malays in the constitution. Only the bankrupt Umno politicians have simply accused them. Sometimes, the media deliberately sensationalised the news in order the gain political mileage for certain leaders with wrong reporting.
We live in a democratic society and we should be allowed to voice our opinions. Leaders should speak on behalf of all Malaysians and not only for one race in particular only.
AN Ewe: Mahathir has quit from Umno? Absolutely delighted to hear the good news! Amazed it took the good doctor so long to figure out this strategic cum tactical move, actually. Any chance now do you think (hopefully?) that he’ll quit Malaysia altogether for distant/happier shores? Perhaps to somewhere like his dear fellow-dictator friend Mugabe’s Zimbabwe-land, and perhaps before those nets belonging to Malaysia’s rule of law closes in on him?
Hmm…can’t wait for the next serving of the next exciting episode in this rather thrilling Malaysian saga of intrepid political intrigue and dastardly skulduggery of super par excellence! Dynasty/Dallas – eat your heart out! Bet Pak Lah is rolling on that floor somewhere in Putrajaya laughing himself into hysterics….