Dr. Mahathir on the “fence that eat the rice”

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was in Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh, this morning. He was invited to speak on “Wawasan Kemerdekaan Negara“. He spoke at length about how our freedom is now filled with the rampant corruption practices today that lurk in the walks of life of Malaysians.

He stressed that too many people with authority, including those who were elected by the people, betrayed their trust and sucked into corrupt practices. He also referred a lot on former longtime Inspector General of Police Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s column yesterday, “Fence that eat the rice” in the Sunday Star, in the context of ACA and police senior personnel involved too in these unscrupulous activities. Public faith on agencies that supposed to protect their interests in the eyes of the law have deteriorated and have now become ‘enemies of the people’.

Again, he reminded that the people deserve the Government they elect. Its a very bitter reminder from a well respected statesman. On the other hand, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi talked about the terrible bus accident near Taiping this morning, at the national facilities management conference. He was convinced that the highways were well managed and quick to blame on human errors, in the context of reckless driving for the accident.

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 14:59  Comments (5)  

Khairy is no where anything like Dr. Mahathir

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was the former Prime Minister and UMNO President who served in both capacities for 22 1/3rd year. He had achieved many milestones and transformation within that period and a lot of what Malaysia is today has an almost direct co-relations to the decisions made, planned and implemented during his illustrious administration. However, some people would like to deny those and insult him by equation with a highly controversial “new-kid-on-the-block”.

In Joceline Tan’s usual Sunday Star political analysis column yesterday, she quoted a ‘political insider’, “Khairy reminds many of the young Dr. Mahathir”.

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How is it possible could anyone equate Dr. Mahathir to anyone else? When he was in his thirties, he was probably the only Malay doctor with his own private practice in Alor Star. He served the people fairly and even waived charges for poor rural folks who called on him. Tun Dr. Mahathir was known as the “UMNO Doctor” by many.

He did not flaunt his wealth. He was elected as member of UMNO Supreme Council through democratic means. He often spoke about the under development state of the Malays. He talked about the serious lacking of the Malays in education and business and entrepreneurism. He criticized the UMNO President and Prime Minister for the latter’s non chalant and complacent attitude towards the problems of the Malays, the majority of the country and also Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s obtuse lifestyle which is not reflective of the hardships of the people that he represented.

In short, Dr. Mahathir stood for the people.

Khairy Jamaluddin on the other hand is totally different. He did not contest for the UMNO Youth Deputy Head seat which was almost handed down to him when many UMNO Youth Divisions were “advised” to nominate him during the 2004 party elections.

He left his job as Deputy Principal Private Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office to buy RM nine million worth of shares in a public listed pseudo investment bank wannabe.

He flaunts his wealth and influence indiscriminately. He dashed around the land gallivanting in a USD 20 million helicopter, officiating and meeting one UMNO Youth Division after another (surprisingly, the other UMNO leaders who are also Cabinet ministers don’t do that). His mother recently bought a RM five million old bungalow in Damansara Heights and tore it down so that it can be rebuilt again.

At that age, he is the most powerful 31 year old man in the country. Most of the senior aides to the Prime Minister kow-tow to him. His ‘people’ are now special function officers in most strategic ministries. He has tentacles outreached as far as he can anywhere within important decision making process in this country.

Despite of being married to the daughter of the Prime Minister, he has been gossiped to be in close company of some of the most popular artistes in the country. In an OIC meeting last year on the Israeli aggression into Lebanon, he organized a rowdy demonstration at the KLCC Convention Centre and broke through a police cordon.

In short, Khairy Jamaluddin sounds like an unscrupulous leader.

Dato’ Mukhriz is the kind of man who said things that needed to be said. His gentlemenly and mild mannered way has great merits. For example, on the issue of Israeli aggression into Lebanon July last year, as the UMNO Youth Exco incharge of international affairs and NGO, he invited and organised a dialogue session with the American and British envoys, Israeli two biggest ally. However only the British envoy responded and they debated on the issue, openly. At the last UMNO Annual Assembly, Mukhriz gave his frank opinion, “nothing new” when asked about UMNO’s Presidential speech.

Like his father, Mukhriz has nothing to offer for UMNO people except his leadership. Muhkriz stood for UMNO Youth Exco in August 2004 and came with the highest votes polled. Thus the support UMNO gave Mukhriz is genuine. UMNO people do not talk about “chasing the hantu out from the haunted house” in the context of Mukhriz, like what happened to Pemuda PJ Selatan meeting on Saturday.

So how on earth can that ‘political insider’ equate Khairy to being the “political son” to Dr. Mahathir? When Dr. Mahathir was Khairy’s age, people within UMNO gave him support because he had nothing else to offer them but his leadership. Dr. Mahathir then, like Mukhriz now, had no contracts to award, no clout to provide and the support the UMNO people provided him is genuine.

Of course Dr. Mahathir’s children, die hard supporters and fans would be infuriated with this ‘political insider’ statement. This narrow attempt to equate Khairy as a “political son” to Dr. Mahathir is an insult to the latter’s legacy. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi already equated himself to be Tun Razak’s “political son” two months ago and so many people thought its distasteful. Is this another Wong Chun Wai game to spin?

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 10:03  Comments (27)