Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad.
Malaysia's former Prime Minister, and with a 22 year old legacy of being the architect of Malaysia's transformation from being a former colonial outpost of the British, which depended on agricultural produce, rubber, tin and other resources to one of South East Asia's leading developing nation and a dynamic powerhouse producing much of the world's technological based products and industries!
He is today, sidelined by his party, UMNO @ United Malays National Organisation for being openly critical of his successor, Dato Seri Abdullah bin Hj Ahmad Badawi.
Picture courtesy of Times Asia.
A classic battle of two ego's is being waged today !
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is today the Brutus Mahathir never imagined who'd reneged on his promises to Mahathir that he'd made before Mahathir handed over power to him back in 2003.
Today, both men are bitter with each other and Mahathir is seeing himself being made into an 'untouchable' by his party members who are like the chorus group singing praises to whoever rules the roost! 'Melayu Mudah Lupa?' Nahhh...'Melayu Buat Buat Lupa!' That's better !
Looks like the chickens have come home to roost for Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad who called the shots as he liked during his 22 long years of power.
Even though he has turned Malaysia into what it is today and the Malaysian people are living a better quality of lifestyle with all the opportunities available throughout the nation today, he is still hated by many who have suffered unnecessarily through actions taken against them under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other acts that can be considered as oppressive of the people's rights!
Many still remain in custody under the ISA! The most important case in mind is the former Deputy Prime Minister during Mahathir's rule and the most unfortunate victim of political rivalry and a victim of conspiracy of the highest order, the recently released Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim!
His is a story that will forever remain in most Malaysian's minds and never be forgotten as a victim of Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad!
He was beaten to a pulp by one of the former Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Rahim Noor, when arrested after being sacked by Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad from all his government posts and from being the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on what most Malaysians know to be trumped up charges of being a sodomite and of abusing his position and other charges!
Anwar Ibrahim's fall from power and his being disgraced by Mahathir and his being imprisoned for six long years and separated from his wife and children will remain as a blot on Mahathir's illustrious career as Malaysia's longest reigned Prime Minister!
Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison after the courts finally accepted his appeal and acquitted him after Mahathir was no more in power! What does that say about the accusations against Anwar Ibrahim in the first place?
How could the justice system have found him guilty back then? What kind of a justice system do we have in this country?
Even though as normal citizens , we do not get affected directly by such travesties of justice which affected Anwar Ibrahim and thousands of others like him, as a parent and a husband, I can imagine how it must have been for Anwar's children and his wife to be deprived of the love and care of the person who is most important in their lifes?
Mahathir must be man enough to own up to his being misled by those who had their own agendas by making him do what he did to Anwar back then.
Even the fellow who libelled Anwar with his '50 Reasons why Anwar must not be the PM' has died of diabetic complications and ironically after the courts found him to being guilty of false reportings! Heavenly retributions? Wallahu alam!
Now, Mahathir finds himself to be an outcast from the good graces of the Supreme Council of UMNO for being critical of Abdullah Badawi!
He is tasting what it feels to be character assassinated by the very ministers and politicians whom he appointed, groomed and allowed to be there in the first place, himself!
This is the harsh reality that Mahathir has to face up. This is his legacy that he has left to continue in UMNO.
UMNO is like the bewitching forest where every ghoul, every djinn, evil spirit is left to haunt the corridors of power, keeping up with the tradition of corruption, abuse of power and position in each and every man and woman's in all stages of UMNO in their quest to reap and accumulate as much as they can while they can!
You all know this is the reality albeit every bloody politician's declaration of being 'Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang' today! You can bet that whoever comes into power will coin his own slogan of the day! Rhetoric par excellence! Bravo! Bravo! Viva ...(fill in the blanks) as you like!
Abdullah Badawi whom many thought to be squeaky clean is today being accused of having a few rough spots and blemishes himself!
His family's involvement in several cases of inappropriate business deals and contracts have made the headlines and are being discussed or cursed lately.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's cancelling of Mahathir's pet projects have enraged the latter to the stage that Mahathir has criticised AAB so very severely and openly accusing the latter to be as corrupt as he never ever thought that AAB could be!
Mahathir is today finding life very unsavoury as a result of being no longer respected or feared by those boys and men in UMNO who used to wait on him, hand and foot!
Welcome to reality, Tun! What goes around, comes around! All the PM's men and women are as the movies show! All they are concerned about is their own personal pockets and bank accounts!
They don't really give a shit as to who's the bloody Prime Minister!
As our infamous Works Minister once said : 'Even if I put up a donkey as my candidate, they will vote for him!'
Samy Vellu always hits it right smack on the dot! Ammaa!!!
Palanivel must surely have been seething inside..didn't he? :P
Looks like the same principle works in the BN! There's nothing you can do about it Tun!
Best thing for you to do is maybe go see 'Brother' Anwar and make up before the curtain comes down on you for real. Sins between us 'insans' best be settled here whilst still alive on Earth!
Practical thing to do now is to focus on what's important and not get distracted anymore with the wheelings and dealings of your party which is notoriously famous for all the outrageous episodes of all the major corruption, abuse of power and position we read being reported in the news and multimedia daily! Read..Datuk Z...etc.
The Malaikats are not gonna ask as to what position one was holding ,etcetera in Yaum al Barzakh! Neither are they gonna be bothered with all this earthly designations and titles one has been bestowed with by the Sultans and Agongs of this Duniya!
First thing we would be asked by them would be our amals and our devotions to Rabbul Alameen. I am sure you know all that ; just sort of reminding you as a gesture of goodwill from one Muslim to another! Whatmore you declaring to be as 'fundamental' as any of us ! :D
Remember the verse ' Kullu nafsin iza iqatul maut!? Well, it's just a reminder from a fellow common citizen to another and as a fellow Muslim.
Eid Mubarak ya Tun. Minal Aidil Wal Fa'izin. May Allah SWT guide us all! Ameen.