Zaid: Mahathir is back in power with Najib

By Leslie Lau
Consultant Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim says Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s impending rise to become Umno president and Prime Minister marks the return of “Mahathirism”.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he said, will become Malaysia’s “de facto PM”, standing behind Najib.

He said the fall of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is a result of Dr Mahathir prevailing.

Zaid, who resigned recently from Abdullah’s Cabinet in protest against the use of the Internal Security Act, said he did not expect Najib to continue Abdullah’s reform agenda once he takes over.

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Dr M: No justification for arrest of bloggers;Raja Petra, Kickdefella and Teresa

PUTRAJAYA: There is no justification for the arrest of bloggers Raja Petra Kamarudin and Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz, better known as Kickdefella, and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

The former prime minister condemned the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) against Raja Petra, who is the editor of controversial online news portal Malaysia Today, and Kok, a Selangor executive councillor and Seputeh MP.

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National cars of poor quality

My PROTON article in Malaysiakini, published in 2002:

Probe Proton bugs


The news of Mitsubishi Motors chief quitting and taking responsibility for the 33 years of cover-up about defective vehicles made me think about Proton.I am 100 percent sure Proton would not emulate this honorable action. Our “Asian values and Malaysian  Values” are different from the Japanese values. Japanese will voluntarily take personal responsibilitybut we point fingers and search for scapegoats.Even if others point fingers to us, we remain in denial. Proton would not try to investigate whether theirpartner, machinery and technology know-how supplier Mitsubishi Mortars could have supplied them with those same faulty cars.

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Who cries for Burma? Not Malaysia, not Asean

Roshan Jason | May 23, 08                                                                                        Malaysiakini /letters

 I refer to the Malaysiakini report No regrets in supporting Burma to join Asean.

I cannot help but be appalled at_

  • the ignorance and insensitivity of the Malaysian government_
  • when it comes to the humanitarian – and political – crisis surrounding Burma.
  • Malaysia has displayed an extreme lack of awareness to the reality of the situation in a country which has been ruled by various brutal military dictators for the past 46 years.
  • In displaying no regrets when supporting a military regime that_
  • has no qualms about allowing its citizens to needlessly suffer the after-effects of a natural disaster,
  • Malaysia has proven that it does not care for the welfare of the people in Burma – ‘a close neighbour’.

Burma is what it is today – no different, if not worse than 10 years ago when it joined Asean – because of government representatives like our Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri. Continue reading

No regrets in supporting Burma to join Asean

No regrets in supporting Burma to join Asean

Malaysiakini news, May 22, 08

The government has not erred in playing a significant role in supporting Burma’s entry into regional pact Asean in 1997.

(Comment: Ha Ha Ha, exploit Burma’s economy together with Generals and IGNORE/DISCRIMINATE the MYANMARS or BURMESE in your countries. )

“It is a country close to us and if Myanmar (Burma) were to be isolated, its development, economy and trade would be stifled, besides having to face a more serious poverty problem.

(Comment: Ha Ha Ha. You ASEAN leaders are propping up SPDC Junta and shielding them from the attacks of US, EU and Democratic countries in UNSC and every where. If not for ASEAN there is a possible regieme change. Myanmar is still poor because of irresponsible ASEAN leaders who are blinded with greed.

Just think a little bit, you all ignored the Junta’s Anti-Muslim riots and accepted them into ASEAN. ALLAH/GOD punished all ASEAN with financial crisis. Many leaders lost their power.

Why Allah allowed an American Jew to successfully attack many Muslim countries? Because he is helping all Burmese  including Muslims while you all shamelessly condone the Junta’s attack on Muslims and Islam in Myanmar.

So, good, carry on, continue your support to Junta without any regret. God knows the truth but waits. Do you all believe GOD/ALLAH?)

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Mahathir: We need an opposition

  Mahathir: We need an opposition

Soon Li Tsin

Exclusive interview held at his Perdana Leadership Foundation office in Putrajaya.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told voters that the country needs an opposition that can hold up a mirror to the government.

“I believe in an opposition. I have always maintained that this country needs an opposition and they should be critical of the government without which we don’t have a mirror to look at our faces. We think that we are very beautiful but it is the opposition that keeps telling us (that may not be true).

“You know the government member (of parliament), sometimes they are apple polishers. They are always saying ‘you’re right’, and you have no means of assessing whether you are going in the right direction or not.”

He told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview today that it would be a “disaster” if the country “loses its opposition” as in Singapore.

Looking a little frail in his trademark bush jacket since his second heart bypass in September last year, Mahathir gave his prognosis on this Saturday’s general elections.

Would you argue to vote for a strong opposition?

Well, I believe in an opposition, I have always maintained that this country needs an opposition and they should be critical of the government without which we don’t have a mirror to look at our faces. We think that we are very beautiful but it is the opposition that keeps on telling us (this may not be true).

You know the government member (of parliament) sometimes they are ‘ahli bodek’ (apple polishers) they are always saying ‘you’re right’ and you have no means of assessing whether you are going in the right direction or not. So this country, if it loses its opposition and be like Singapore, then there will be disaster.

Let’s review back the

 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s views

on our Burmese oppositions_

Question…Do you want to recommend something to us, e.g. power sharing situations like Indonesia or South Africa. Do you believe that it will be able to achieve between Myanmar Military and the people e.s.p. with the opposition?

Answer…It could. But one has to remember this takes a long time. In case of South Africa, it takes three quarters of a century to reach the understanding with the authoritarian government and even in Indonesia, it took a long time. So of course, those people who wish to see change in Burma will have to work and be very patient.

Question…What is your view on the arresting of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi?

Answer…That is very unfortunate. I don’t believe that is the kind of action that would bring about reconciliation. On the other hand of course Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also has to be more diplomatic. Perhaps too much dependence on foreign support is not very conducive to perusing the present régime to accept her. 

QuestionAnd now we have a stalemate in Burma. The Military Junta refused to negotiate with the Democratic parties and opposition. What is your comment and advice? What should we do or happen? Should we go back to the elections like 16 years ago?

AnswerWell it is very difficult to say. But you know people are very impatient. I just finished the biography of Nelson Mandela. He was in jail for 27 years. And yet he continued the struggle from within the jail. If other people, they would have given up. But he went on and on and he eventually, of course, he achieved success. So, those who wish to see Burma change and be more democratic may have to be very patient and may have to wait.

QuestionLet’s see what happen to Nelson Mandela. He is respected as the great leader even after he resigned as the president of South Africa. But that kind of trait is absent in Asian countries. In Burma we all see that we forget easily and ignore the. Independence General Aung San, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s father. And your good long service to Malaysia is also ignored by some.

AnswerI think Daw Aung San Suu Kyi might just be able to show that kind of determination. And the kind of patience, that was shown by Nelson Mandela.

QuestionSo she has to go through like all those 27 years?

AnswerNo! But it may be even longer. We don’t know. But the struggles of the nations take a long time. We want to be in a hurry. But in case of Malaysia, e.g. it took us 450 years to regain our independence. 450 years is a long time.

QuestionBut as for Burma, could the Generals’ trend and approach soften towards the reconciliation sooner?

AnswerI think the different Generals have a different attitudes. Presently, of course, the hardliners have the authority. People like the more accommodating one, those may be some still in the government and it is up to them.

QuestionIs that because of the people, a kind of disengagement because the head of the people is put under house arrest. I think she should have a free movement and ability to talk.

AnswerWell, that could be ideal of course, if she is able to talk. But as you know, when they had elections there, she won. And then I think this had frightened the Junta.

QuestionThe (Myanmar) Military, as you can see has no mood of releasing the power they got hold of it. But in Malaysia, you had actually done it. You let go the power while you were still strong enough (to dodge your opponents). And you did not drive from the backseat. (Like in some countries.) You dare to let go the powers you have. But in Burma, the Generals, actually the term Generals meant the Military (As new generals would replaced the olds endlessly) would be there for a long long time. They should (instead) work together with the people for the betterment of the country and society.

AnswerThey might be (scared). (But) I have no fears. If I give up the power, I did not think, I would be arrested and throw into jail. But I think the situation is different in Myanmar/Burma because the (Myanmar) Generals feel that action would be taken against them. So, they are not going to give up.

But one has to remember that even though they may be Generals, they may be authoritarians, they are still Burmese people. Some where along the line, they may feel for the Burmese people and for Burma. They (may) want to see Burma becoming the country where the people are happy and prosperous. 

QuestionWhat do you want to comment about the present economic condition of Burma? Any advice to improve?

AnswerIt saddens me that a country that is, that has tremendous potential, very very rich should actually remained poor, because the government has not worked out a solution that would benefit the people of Burma. Do you know, Burma is very rich, a lot of minerals, a lot of precious stones.

But wealth by itself , existence of wealth by itself , does not mean anything, until the wealth is mobilized.

So the government can, even if it is an authoritarian, it still can work hard for the people.

QuestionJust one more question. Do you think that we all let by gone be by gone, forgive, forget and start a fresh new relationship for the benefit of all the people and the country?

AnswerWell, I think, if that can be done, certainly, we have to forget the past. If we think in terms of taking revenge for what happened in the past, there will be no solution. But if you want to have a good relation, we have to deliberately forget the past. Because if you keep on thinking about the past, there is no end to the problem.

BURMA DIGEST: Thank you very much for the time and trouble for our interview.

His Excellency Tun Dr Mahathir: You are welcome.

We are just presenting the alternative views, facts and ideas of the third party, interested and trying to help our country.  H.E. Tun Dr M was a most powerful man in Malaysia and given up power voluntarily although his opposition was not strong enough to remove him at that time.

So he definitely has a better understanding of the powerful rulers’ fear of losing power, repercussions, revenge legal actions, the new government’s differing change and style of administration of  the country,  and views on the opposition parties.We hereby thank H.E. Tun Dr M for opening our eyes to have an understanding of the SPDC Government so that we could formulate strategies to reassure and persuade them for a true dialogue leading to the National Reconciliation and power sharing agreement with the opposition.