Its been ten years

The last time Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad waved goodbye to all Prime Minister’s Department staff, as the Fourth Prime Minister

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.

Handing over the ‘working blue book’, a symbol of the transition of power

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.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was attacked, upon 'instructions to stop him from speaking in Kota Bahru' 27 July 2006

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was attacked, upon ‘instructions to stop him from speaking in Kota Bahru’ 27 July 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 (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.

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  1. And the Monorail project in Putrajaya also shelved soon after that. Hence, the unfinished suspended train bridge left with no purpose in the middle of the city.

    • Oh, that was suppose to be a bridge!? That’s news to me.
      When I asked my friend who lives in Putrajaya, she said that is a
      national monument, aptly named “The Pillar of Intermittent
      Slumber”. Wakakaka!


  3. We also have to thank PM Najib for recognising Tun M as a real bona fide Statesman of the Malaysian Century, if not the world! Amen!

    • Unfortunately, after working for nearly 2 Decades under Tun M, Najib has learned Nothing from him!

      • He did learn things fom TDM. But he got influenced by Tun Dol’s flip flopping and sleepy ways.

        Najib flip flopped on ISA – now 2 years detention without trial, extendable another 2 years, and he might get scared of Karpal Singh and recommend to YDP Agong not to assent the PCA amendments recently approved by Parliament.

        He might repeal the Sedition Act, then patch up some other laws to accomodate the salient points of the Sedition Act.

        Kalau ma cam itu, rosak. Banyak rosak di buat Najib.

  4. […] The “thirteen million plus
    Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  5. When Tun M is the topic , I have no complain .

  6. A Doctor in the House, indeed.
    I love you Tun.

  7. Two PM are grade A category, Tun Razak and Tun Dr M, whole class leader. Malaysia was fortunate to be led by them.
    Who is the next great new generation of leaders. Please be stand out and to be counted.

  8. Tun M is a true leader. As PM he was brave, firm and resolute in charting and driving the socio economic development of Malaysia. His
    economic policies were more Keynesian where he had no qualms in making govt intervention in favour of the masses such as during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, rather than left things solely in the hands of economic neo liberals and unfettered free market doctrine, unlike ah jib gor who surrounds himself with neo liberals and free market capitalists. So still surprise why the nation is suffering from income disparity and
    high cost of living under the current govt?
    Tun M’s frank opinion on world issues had gained him and Malaysia immense respect from across the globe esp among developing countries. He was not out to seek the endorsement or admiration of the US or Europe . He calls a spade a spade and not afraid to have some dissenting views from the west on many issues such as Bosnian War, Gulf War, Antarctica, Arab-Israel conflict, just to name a few. In managing the country Tun M was tough and resolute and could think of how best to keep the country prosperous and stable. People have accused him of being autocratic but Tun M can be described as a political conservative hence crazy liberalism has never been his cup of tea. When he stepped down from the no.1 post , the country experienced a void and a dearth of visionary guidance that had given every Malaysian a sense of purpose and direction. The 2 PMs after him could never match the tenacity and intelligent management of the nation of Tun M. They rely on a battery of advisers as if they were some kind of a President of Malaysia. Their styles are bland and pale in comparison to Tun M’s, and had no sense of connection to the ordinary folks and a common purpose upon which Msians can meaningfully navigate towards achieving them.

    Thank you Tun M for your stewartship , leadership and guidance for 22 years and which have back then inspired many Malaysians.

    • Maybe Najib also wants to be a brave leader. Maybe he thinks he IS a brave leader. Going against the wishes of the ordinary Malays, bent backwards to give what the Chinese want, though he got the Chinese tsunami.

      Maybe he he tells himself that he IS popular among the Malays. He got 88 seats for UMNO, more than what Tun Dol got. Never mind that overall BN got less seats than Tun Dol. And he thinks at the UMNO party conference the delegates gave him a mandate to go his ways, never mind the allegations of money politics from no less than Tun Mahathir. Having announced the Bumiputera Empowerment policy, he thinks the Malays are solidly behind him, never mind how much it will do to broaden the base of recipients of the benefits. He must feel very encouraged, as what he thinks are reinforced by the views and opinions of those around him. Always.

      In London he says he has good relations with British PM David Cameron. He thinks he is regarded in high esteem by the leader of a leading Western country. British and others will be streaming into Malaysia bringing in billions of Ringgit of foreign investments as shown by the few hundred millions already announced. So, he believes that his liberal policies, liberalization and transformation are working beautifully, never mind the leveling of the playing field for the Malays and the Bumiputeras. And he thinks that no Tun Mahathir or anyone can shake his position.

      But I support the call for Tun Mahathir to start a campaign to have Najib eased out. Like he did to Tun Dol. I cannot tolerate his lack of concern for the rights and the interests of the Malays that UMNO was sworn to protect and promote since its formation 67 years ago. I want NEP to continue as long as the citizenship right of the non-Malays continues.

      • Yes, his position can be shaken. He can and will be dumped in GE14 by Malays who voted for UMNO in GE13. He is no different compared to the opposition leaders. He talks about not marginalising the majority in Malaysia if Malaysia wants to move forward. Of course what he meant was not marginalising all Malaysians including the Chinese, Indians and Malays who have rejected him and BN. This is a very naive idealism . He should know that if ah jib for already failed big time in 2013, no amount of ah jib for can gain him votes from these groups in 2018. He is not a miracle worker and in politics even if it is the art of the possible, the possibility is that he’d be dumped by even more Malays come GE14. His economic policies are elitists, his BRIM is like lepas batuk di tangga so that he appears to care for the poor. Yup, care for the poor through handouts and then run back quickly to his elitists capitalist economy. Why on earth this guy could become the PM if he cannot see the real problems of the people right before his very eyes. He is disconnected with the real problems of Malaysia as a developing country. His economic policy and law and order policies are evident of this trait of failing to recognise his country is not a developed country yet , hence the problems of a developing country must be addressed before berangan to take the leap to being developed.

  9. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  10. Surprisingly TDM was never ‘invited’ to the WIEF ‘organised’ by Malaysia?

  11. The question is: what do we do to get back the glorious years under Tun Dr Mahathir? And not degenerate like I see is happening. Especially from the Malays point of view. And see the prospect of UMNO/BN losing PRU14.

    I certainly would like to see TDM start another round of anti-Tun Dol words and deeds to see either TS Muhyiddin or even Ahmad Zahid take over stewardship of the country.

    No rocking of the boat? Why? it’s 5 years away and any unsteadiness can still be remedied before PRU14.

  12. Not only Tun Mahathir Mohamad, a Malay, ranks with the Greatest Statesmen of Asia, Mao Tse Tun, Soekarno, Nehru, Jinnah, Ho Chi Minh, Deng Hsia-ping, he deserves the Nobel Prize for Peace if the Stockholm Committee is not biased. All these Statesmen were Nationalists and did not glorify themselves or carry the legs of the super-powers at the expense of their own people for money.

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  14. Yes indeed! 31 Oct. 2003 Tun Mahathir resigned as Prime Minister of Malaysia and he was replaced by ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, making an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in the Administration. 

    Many bloody mishaps occurred on 31st Oct. The bloody October 31st in the  year 2000, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400, Fight 006 collided with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, 79 passengers and four crew members killed. Also in the same year, a chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in NorthernAngola killing 50.

    Then bloody 31st Oct 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 flew from New York City to Cairo crashed off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on -board. A Fokker F100 Flight 402 crashed into several houses in Sao Paulo, Brazil killing 98 including 2 on the ground, that bloody 31st Oct 1996. Then in the same date and month 1994, an American Eagle ATR-72 crashed in Roselawn, Indiana, killing 68 passengers and crew.

    Then the wrath of mother nature stroked, a monster cyclone ravaged India. More then 200,000 deaths. 

    • Wish there was a huge mishap involving DAP in that year. Like being de-registered or something. There was no computer glitch in their CEC vote counting then.

      But can always hope for one. No announcement of members’ complaints to RoS etc yet of the recent Re-Election. But Guan Eng already asked DAP Organizing Secretry Anthony Loke to start looking for DAP members “wearing Rocket badges but having BN hearts”.

      And the Loke bloke was arrested by the Police -“treated like a common criminal, he complained” – for inciting illegal Hakka squatters not to move out when demolition squad came in Mantin yesterday. He thinks Malaysian MPs have the right to treatment that mafia chiefs in Colombia get – first class rooms, fine dining in special lock ups etc .

  15. Allah pjgkan umor tun m yg kasehi untok membuat amal ibadat ilmu yg manafaat kesihatan luaran dan dalaman. Ameen.

  16. 7 September 1981, 2 months after becoming Prime Minister, he initiated the Dawn Raid which resulted in Malaysia gaining control of Guthrie. He had ordered the Navy to station Paskal on Layang-Layang, soon after he became PM, too. If not for him, today we would not have legitimate claims on some of the Spratly Islands.

    Tun Dr. M is a genius, indeed.

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