Throwing pebbles in the glasshouse

Politicians whose precarious track record filled with skeletons in the closet would be haunted by their own demons within themselves, if not the ghouls of their own sins.

New Straits Times story:

Pakatan leaders at odds over what caused violence at ‘Nothing to Hide’ event

By SYED UMAR ARIFF

August 14, 2017 @ 9:13pm

SYED UMAR ARIFF

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan leaders are at odds over the cause of the violence that erupted during the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum in Shah Alam on Sunday.

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali pinned the blame on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s absence from the event, which he claimed had led to the gathering’s chaotic end.

In making the allegation, Azmin said the prime minister’s team would have had conducted a detailed security sweep of the venue if Najib was to appear at the forum.

“I am sure that if he (Najib) had appeared, nothing would have happened. His security team will be in full force, and there will be screening to ensure the prime minister’s safety,” Azmin said when met after a Pakatan Harapan protem leaders’ press conference today.

On Sunday, Azmin had alleged Najib as the “mastermind” of the incident, which saw bottles, chairs and a flare thrown at Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was speaking on centre-stage at Dewan Raja Muda Musa.

However, at a press conference earlier, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the security detail was lacking as “politicians would not know how to differentiate between good and bad individuals” in the hall.

“We politicians do not have the skills to ascertain between good and bad people.
“It is difficult for us to know because we are not from a security team.

“Of course, we gave the assurance that no untoward incidents would happen, but we would not know if there are actually protesters making their way in, especially if they wear the same (party uniform) like us.”

Muhyiddin also claimed that the chaos was likely premeditated.
“But of course, we will be more careful in the future.

The commotion broke out shortly after an audience member asked Dr Mahathir about the 1985 Memali incident in Kedah.

Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali were escorted safely out of the hall.

The police later deployed a Light Strike Force anti-riot team.
Three teenagers were later detained to facilitate investigations.

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And:

The Mole story:

Was Nothing to Hide fracas for real or self-sabotage?

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi


More opinion about the ‘Nothing 2 Hide 2’, which appeared to some as “What else is he hiding?”

The Malay Mail Online story:Leaders say Dr M, organisers must be held responsible over fracas

Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/leaders-say-dr-m-organisers-must-be-held-responsible-over-fracas#OJIh3V8TtswJ2g1C.99

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 14 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the organiser of the ‘Nothing to Hide 2.0’ forum must take full responsibility for the fracas that occurred during the programme yesterday, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said blaming others, specifically Umno and the Barisan Nasional, was irresponsible of them.

The commotion occurred as Dr Mahathir was asked a question on the Memali incident that took place in 1985 that resulted in the deaths of 18 people, four of them policemen.

Mahdzir said that though the Memali incident happened a long time ago, it had left a deep impact on the family members and villagers in the area.

“We do not know, maybe the person who asked the question was personally affected or his family had something to do with the incident,” he said at a press conference after presenting prizes to winners of the Inter-Division Choir Competition held in conjunction with Independence Month 2017 organised by the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture Association (MESCA) here today.

Mahdzir was commenting on allegations that Barisan Nasional and Umno had orchestrated the incident during the programme organised by the youth wing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in Shah Alam, Selangor, which had to be postponed after shoes, chairs, flares, slippers and water bottles were thrown while Dr Mahathir was answering a question on the Memali tragedy.

He said there should not be wild allegations that the ruling party had orchestrated the incident to cover its weaknesses because the programme should not have even been held in the first place as it was merely to give Dr Mahathir a chance to speak for the sake of political mileage.

Mahdzir condemned the fracas and violence at the programme and said he hoped that the police would investigate to find out the cause and identify those responsible for the incident.

Earlier, at the event today, the Co-curriculum and Culture Division was announced winner of the competition.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said PPBM youth head Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman should be held responsible for the incident for failing to ensure the safety of the audience at the programme, resulting in people being injured.

“The youth head (Syed Saddiq) should have foreseen such incidences and provided the highest security during the forum,” he told reporters at the lobby of Parliament.

Shah Alam District Police chief ACP Shafien Mamat has said that three youths aged 17, 18 and 19 had been detained to assist in the investigation into the incident.

Azwan condemned the incident and said it was a wake-up call to PPBM, that not all party members liked their leaders.

He said there was even the possibility that the fracas was planned by PPBM members themselves so they could blame Umno for it.

Immediately after the media reported the incident, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali claimed that Umno had masterminded it.

In response, Azwan denied that Umno Youth was involved in the incident and urged the authorities to conduct a full investigation and arrest those responsible.

Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim said the accusation by the Pakatan Harapan leadership that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the mastermind behind the incident was a serious matter as it was aimed at tarnishing the good name of the country’s leader.

“It is common practice for the opposition to cover up their own weakness. They should look at the security control from all aspects,” he said.

In IPOH, Selangor Umno Liaison Committee chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar lambasted Azmin’s statement which accused Umno and Najib of causing the fracas.

He said Azmin’s statement was defamatory as the results of the investigation into the incident were not finalised but Azmin blamed Umno and the Prime Minister with using gangsters and accused Najib of being a coward.

Noh, who is also Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, was speaking to reporters after presenting appointment letters to the committee members of the Perak People’s Representative 2017-2019 session and the presentation of the Perak PBT 2016 awards today.

In SHAH ALAM, Selangor Umno deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan also said the organisers of the programme should be responsible for the chaos that occurred.

He said the organisers should be blamed for compromising on the safety of those who attended the forum.

He added it was irresponsible for anyone to blame other parties, specifically Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the fracas.

“What basis and evidence is there for the accusations made against the Prime Minister,” he said.

Meanwhile in PETALING JAYA, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the fracas was totally unexpected and could have been orchestrated by irresponsible parties.

“We gave our assurance that safety would be ensured, but if there were people who entered wearing our shirts, with bad intentions…this was something we did not expect,” he said. — Bernama
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/leaders-say-dr-m-organisers-must-be-held-responsible-over-fracas#OJIh3V8TtswJ2g1C.99

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Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s 22 years 3 months and 15 days tenure as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, President of UMNO and Barisan National is not at all without controversies, abuses and scandals.

His leadership who was described as “Not Sterling”, would always be remembered in the many adverse and negative ways and tones, despite the progress and transformation he did brought forth to the nation.

‘Dictator’, is synonymous for the man who is known then and still remembered for punishing those who crossed him.

The Star story:

Monday, 14 August 2017

Dr M was a ‘dictator in his time’

Cute gift: Najib is given a cat by Puteri Umno leader Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (right) at Masjid Tanah in Melaka. Looking on are (from left) Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Dr Ahmad Zahid and Abd Rauf.

Cute gift: Najib is given a cat by Puteri Umno leader Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (right) at Masjid Tanah in Melaka. Looking on are (from left) Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Dr Ahmad Zahid and Abd Rauf.

MELAKA: Former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was never a popular figure among party members during his tenure as president, revealed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Umno president said Dr Mahathir ruled the party with an iron fist to ensure continued support from leaders and the grassroots.

“During his tenure, Umno members were afraid of him. He would go after you if you didn’t support him,” Najib said in his speech when opening the Masjid Tanah Umno division meeting here yesterday.

The Prime Minister said Dr Mahathir’s dictatorial style of leadership was what had enabled him to remain as Umno president for so long.

He said Dr Mahathir, who is now Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia chairman, was also an ungrateful leader who conveniently forgot those who supported him during his time of need.

Najib said, without his support as the then Umno Youth vice-chief during the bitter party election in 1987, Dr Mahathir who was challenged by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah would not have won.

During the election, Dr Mahathir won by a razor-thin majority of only 43 votes.

“He has forgotten that without me throwing support behind him, he would not have emerged as winner,” he said.

Najib said Tengku Razaleigh was very upset with him for supporting Dr Mahathir, but for him “Umno and loyalty to the leadership must always come first”.

He said, once he took over as Umno president, he had also abolished the quota system introduced by Dr Mahathir to remain in power.

“I did away with the unwanted system and allowed the 165,000 grassroots leaders to vote for top leaders,” he said.

Also present at the event were deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Melaka Umno chief Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Masjid Tanah Umno division chief Datuk Seri Abd Rauf Yusoh and former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman.

Najib said Dr Mahathir’s attempt to drive a wedge between him and Dr Ahmad Zahid was also a futile exercise, as he has full trust in his deputy.

“I treasure the friendship that we have since 1976. I attended courses and even slept in the same dormitory with Ahmad Zahid and it is impossible for someone to try to break these ties that go way back,” he said.

Najib also announced that he would not turn against the party in the event that he was no longer president.

“Umno is a sacred party and no one should be allowed to destroy it,” he added.

Earlier when opening the Bukit Katil Umno division meeting, Najib hailed former Umno deputy president Tun Ghafar Baba as a true party loyalist.

He said Ghafar’s loyalty to the party was true and pure and his dedication should be emulated by all members.

“He once said that position was not important to him but Umno was.

“All of us must have this kind of spirit especially if we want to win back Bukit Katil,” he said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/08/14/dr-m-was-a-dictator-in-his-time-najib-he-ruled-with-iron-fist-to-ensure-support/#Bf5PQLcwhPxpQi2i.99

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Despite leading a nation which practiced Constitutional Monarchy democratic system which continuously had a Parliament, he had the ultimate responsibility of the nation.

Brutal murder of Bank Bumiputra Assistant General Manager Jalil Ibrahim in 1983, the bail out of Bank Bumiputra twice, MAMINCO fiasco, Memali Incident on 19 November 1985, the UMNO leadership challenge in April 1987, the dreregistration of UMNO on 8 Feb 1988 and the sacking of Lord President and suspension of five Supreme Court Judges in 1988.

In the likes of the new development brought forth by the revelation of then Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Musa Hitam recently, PAS Vice President Mahfuz Omar demanded that the Federal Government withdraw the White Paper presented to Parliament but set a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Memali Incident.

That was all within the first two terms of his leadership. UMNO/Barisan National lost Kelantan to PAS in the November 1990 8 GE, which was never recovered. In the same GE, Barisan Nasional also lost Sabah to PBS.

Dr. Mahathir in his sarcasm, admitted that he was a “Dictator” of the nation.

The Straits Times story:

Malaysia’s Mahathir admits he was a ‘dictator’

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad attending a meeting of political and civil leaders looking to change the government, in KL on March 27, 2016.
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad attending a meeting of political and civil leaders looking to change the government, in KL on March 27, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

PUBLISHED

MAR 27, 2016, 9:08 PM SGT

SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that he was a “dictator” during his 22-year rule in Malaysia and was partly at fault for pushing Mr Najib Razak as Prime Minister.

He said this at a press conference after the “Save Malaysia” congress on Sunday (March 27). The former premier was asked how the appointment of a new prime minister would change the political situation.

Dr Mahathir explained that regardless of who replaces Mr Najib, they would know what would happen if they abused their power.

“They can do what I did, I was also a dictator before, but that is all right. People did not demonstrate like this against me before,” he said in a jest.

Dr Mahathir added that he was not entirely at fault for the damage done by the current leadership.

He said that the fault began with second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak recommending him to third prime minister Tun Hussein Onn as a replacement.

“The fault began with Tun Razak for recommending me to Tun Hussein, and then Tun Hussein for choosing me as his deputy. And I got elected as prime minister.

“As a prime minister, I have to choose my deputy. It was (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) followed by Tun Abdullah Badawi.

“I was responsible for asking Tun Abdullah to appoint Najib, so not only me. A lot of people were involved in choosing him. So it is my fault and other people’s fault,” he said.

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Of course, he did operate the nation all by himself. However, like Captain Edward Smith who commandeered RMS Titanic which was then the most sophisticated and largest ocean liner, is responsible for her sinking on 12 April 1912.

Dr. Mahathir abused the democracy in many ways.

An immediate example is that he utilised the Parliament to curb the power of the nine HRH Rulers and their immediate family, who were immune to laws and changed the Federal Constitution, twice.

He used the provision for detention without trial under the Emergency Ordinance and Internal Security Act against his detractors and political dissenters. The example is he was the Home Minister who signed the detention order of 106 persons arrested under ISA in October 1987.

The sacking of his own Deputy in Cabinet and party Anwar Ibrahim on 2 and 3 September 1998 respectively, was followed by the detention under ISA of leaders of his own party.

They include Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MB Perak Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, who were then UMNO Youth leaders and staunch supporters of Anwar Ibrahim.

Sabah under PBS suffered when Federal Government continuously reduced funding and development, which has strategic impact till present day.

Dr. Mahathir wants the support of the people to oust Prime Minister Najib and now BN, but he cannot even truthfully answer the queries thrown at him but instead be elusive and evasive.

A Facebook comment:

“Terang komennya, dari saudara Norizan bin Yahya.

I was there and (I was) the fourth person to ask a question. The question that got into trouble was question no 6.

The first question was about why Azmin was elected as election strategic director. Answer: Yang penting menang election.

Second question: why want to pick Anwar as the next PM since he is a sodomite and are you now saying Anwar was not guilty and he was jailed because he was your political enemy then?

Answer: Even Anwar did not ask those kind of question to me anymore. Itu perkara lama bla bla bla until the person who asked (the) question shouted : Jawab la soalan! Ini forum nothing to hide…I turned around and asked that guy to respect the majlis.

Then, (it was) my turn. I asked how come you said 40 billion disappeared into thin air but balance sheet of 1MDB showed that they have 51 billion (in) assets. “Macam mana Tun kira?” He digressed and did not answer my question but instead he said we must look at the banking statement.

My point is he kept on evading questions with loyar buruk answers as usual. So, the crowd got irritated.

What sparked the anger was when he answered the question about Memali. He said (the) 4 policemen died and the 18 PAS members who died deserved the same fate too.

Then ada satu selipar sudah terbang…..the rest you can read everywhere…”

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The fact is that, if Dr. Mahathir is not prepared to address issues so prevalent raised pertaining him, then he should have not continue trying to test others when he himself failed so many tests.

There is no need to list all the probable ‘Mahathir Haters’. He did so many things which is unimaginable how he survived so far, so long without being pelted with rotten eggs.

Rotten eggs are not dangerous weapons, unlike stones or even pebbles.

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