This time ten years ago, Malaysian Fourth Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was invested the Seri Mangku Negara (SMN) which carried the title ‘Tun’. This was during the official ceremony at Istana Negara when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi swore in as the Fifth Prime Minister before His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong, as Tun Dr Mahathir officially retire since serving as the Chief Executive since 16 July 1981.
In the afternoon, he hands over the Prime Minister working ‘blue book’ as a symbol of transition of power at the Prime Minister’s Office on Level 5 in Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya.
A lot changed after that.
His working habit, work pace, discipline, vision and legacy were systematically tried to be dismantled by men around PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Even on going programs and projects, where the latter had agreed and vowed to continue.
The national car project Proton started to decline, the double tracking electric railway program was cancelled and the last straw was the Scenice Bridge over Johor strait replacing the Johor Causeway was summarily cancelled in April 2006.
On 22 June 2006, Tun Dr. Mahathir started to openly attack PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah weak and poor leadership near Kuala Lumpur. A month later in Kota Bahru, he continued further and revealed the new element which is an integral part of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah weak, poor and franchised leadership; ‘The Level Four Boys’.
The mainstream media were not allowed to cover any of his speeches. Even the tactic of intimidation, which include the Police, was deployed to stop many quarters wanting the Statesman to come and give a talk to them.
This include UMNO. UMNO in various capacities in all cancelled or revoked 14 invitations send to Tun Dr. Mahathir. They even paid monies to branch delegates to stop the Old Man wanting to be voted as a Kubang Pasu UMNO Division delegate for the 2006 UMNO General Assembly in Jitra, August 2006.
As such, Tun Dr. Mahathir started to blog as Chedet.com (later Chedet,cc) on 1 May 2007, to reach out and state his views and thoughts on the many that he sees from where he is sitting.
In summary, after Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak took over from PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah as the Seventh UMNO President on 28 March 2009, situation changed for the Statesman. He is no longer a mainstream media persona non grata.
Until present day, his thoughts, opinion and view points on many aspect be it matters domestically or globally is much sought after.