Cornered rat

Master of machiavelli politics and champion of ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad still attempting to have the last say by manipulating his earlier statements about Johor which shameless drew flak from HRH Sultan Johor himself

Letters in The Star:

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Dr M replies on Forest City issue

I DON’T know if it is true about HRH the Sultan of Johor throwing a challenge to me over the development of Johor Baru.

Maybe it is only The Star which is interpreting what HRH says as a challenge to me.

But unless HRH denies he is challenging me, I will take the report of The Star as the truth.

I admit I am at a disadvantage here. While people can say what they like about me, and I welcome their freedom to say so, I hope that in responding to HRH’s challenge I will not be arrested and jailed without trial.

If it is with trial, I welcome the arrest.

Now, what did I say? Nothing more than repeating a report by Bloomberg in the press. But I appreciate why Bloomberg is not challenged nor denied.

What did Bloomberg say in its report on Nov 22 last year?

It said that a China Chinese company will build Forest City in JB which can accommodate 700,000. It went on to say that planeloads of China Chinese are being flown in to view the man-sized model (with pictures) and they have and will buy most of the properties in Forest City.

I doubt if many Johor Malays and Chinese are buying or going to buy these apartments. There just aren’t that many Malaysians to buy all these properties.

Bloomberg, in the same report, mentioned 60 other developments similar to Forest City, and these are also being sold to mainland Chinese.

Looking back to 1819, when Sultan Ali of Johor did not lease Singapore to the British, the Temenggong signed the lease. And look at Singapore today. A part of Johor is now a foreign country – well developed no doubt, but a foreign country.

There will be in all more than a million foreigners living in JB Forest City and the 60 other deve­lopments. These new places will not become a foreign country but they will have an inordinate percentage of foreign people. If they stay long enough, they will be entitled to become citizens of Malaysia.

Yes, I promoted foreign direct investment. But it was not about buying land in Malaysia, developing them and selling them to foreigners who will stay here.

FDI is about investment in the manufacturing industry. Malaysian companies will construct the building and Malaysians will work in the industries. They will acquire skills and start their own manufacturing business.

Malaysian contractors are completely capable of building all kinds of buildings and develop land. We don’t need foreigners to do this. Look at Malaysia today. Ninety per cent or more of these new buildings and development are by Malaysian companies. Majority of the buyers are Malaysians, and they are the people who stay there.

But when foreigners buy land, there is not even an inflow of capital. Much of the money will be borrowed locally. And they can do their business with their own banks.

Whatever foreign companies earn will be expatriated, and will result in outflow of capital. When the scheme is introduced wherein you can buy property in China and get one flat or house free in Malaysia, no profit will be made in Malaysia, therefore no taxes will be paid to the Malaysian Government.

Let all transactions be transpa­rent. Publish all documents about the investments, the number of workers, their home countries, the buyers, the banks which finance and all expatriation of funds. Do this honestly. No hiding.

So let the truly international Transparency International examine the exposed official documents. Let the people see the documents to prove their genuineness.

Looking East is not about asking the countries of the East to buy land in Malaysia, develop and sell to the people from these countries. Yes, we have encouraged foreigners to make Malaysia their second home. But their numbers are very small. Looking East is not about mass immigration of hundreds of thousands. It is about Malaysians learning about how these Eastern countries developed themselves.

It is easy to accuse me of being a racist. I have been called a Malay ultra before.

This labelling, this demonising actually exposes the lack of credible arguments against what I do or say. It reflects a fundamental lack of basis for the arguments against me.

This is a multiracial country. People of different ethnicity, language, religion, culture and even economic wellbeing have lived in this country in peace.

In many countries, even a slight difference in the interpretation of their common religion has resulted in violent conflicts and wars. But relatively speaking, Malaysia is stable and peaceful.

It is stable and peaceful because we accept each other as we are. During my 22 years as PM, there were no significant racial clashes. Differences, yes, but no violence. And the country grew.

Had I been a racist, my period would have seen turmoil and regression in this country.

You can dispute what I say. That is your democratic right.

I dare The Star to publish what I say in full. It is a measure of the Government fear of the truth that the mainstream media is strictly controlled.

I will accept this article being totally blacked-out because we are living in a kleptocratic country where truth is anathema, only to be whispered but never said aloud.

I am a Malaysian born in Kedah. Malaysia is my home and the object of my loyalty. If I have to be accused of lese majeste for what I say, so be it.



We doubt it Bloomberg mentioned that the so called “700,000 Chinese would be given citizenship”. It was Dr Mahathir who instigated this notion is his blog posting ‘FDI’.

20.But during Najib’s China trip, he claimed that he succeeded in getting 150 billion Ringgit of FDI. No details were given. I am sure that most of this FDI would involve selling land, Government’s and 1MDB land to pay the debts which everyone knows have been incurred by them. We are going to see large chunks of Malaysia being developed by the foreign buyers and being occupied by them. Eventually they would demand for citizenship and they will participate in Malaysian politics including in elections. Whatever ideology they believe in might change the colour of Malaysian politics.

That is pure instigating, designed to rile the sentiments of Malaysians, particularly Johorean Malays to sow further hatred against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration.

The fact that Dr Mahathir opened his rebuttal to the The Star interview with HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor yesterday insinuating that he might be arrested and jailed without trial is itself sinister.

Unless, the former Fourth Prime Minister of 22 years be given the quarter of the benefit f the doubt that he is not a sinister politician, willing to scorch earth when the game does not fall on his plan.

Considering that more and more coming to believe that he has already suffering dementia and senility for the array of contradictory statements, opinions and opposing stances within a short span of time is already a strong reason for him to no longer engage the public.

The nation cannot afford to have a ‘Flip-Flop’ Statesman, who has proven to me the “Champion on U-turns” off late.

There is actually a limit on how a cornered rat could exit even trapped. Referring to this statement issued to the The Star as response against the interview with Sultan Johor, Dr Mahathir’s administration is not actually stirling silver.

In November 1985, 18 people in Kampung Memali, Baling died upon a Police operation to arrest some militant religious teachers and his followers.

In October 1987, 108 people were arrested under Operasi Lallang. The english daily The Star license to print was revoked.

Dr Mahathir could easily sum up during his administration, things were much better. It is because he ruled with fear and he was a master Machiavellian politician. Everything must be done by his way and the speed that he wanted, regardless the cost.

His policies and approach were never as engaging and inclusive, as being introduced and practiced now.

It is ashamed that Dr Mahathir decided to grossly digress from his stature as a Statesman, to muddle in and roll in gutter politics. For that, be the most nefarious political rat ever in Malaysian history.

He should have been a guest at the State Banquet in Istana Anak Bukit, to commemorate Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim’s 91st birthday.

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