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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tun Dr.Mahathir - It's hard to give up power!

Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian Prime Minister is always in the news lately for the wrong reasons.

It is quite sad to see this nation's former Premier be forced to go to such extents as to get himself a platform to air his views and grouses no matter that the platform be organised by parties who were once his enemies and nemesis.

I guess it must be pretty hard for him to not have the total power he once had and used very extensively for 22 long years over Malaysia.

He was the Supreme Ruler and Chief Executive of Malaysia for over two decades. He was also the only Premier of Malaysia who dared to curb the powers and authority of the Malay Sultans to now being just figureheads and mere icons of rulership over the people of Malaysia.

Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad is not your everyday 'kow tow' type run of the mill Malaysian politician. When he speaks, he speaks as he pleases, not giving a damn about anything or anybody. He forgets for a moment that he is no longer the top honcho, the main man of the Barisan Nasional ruling Malaysian government.

When he remembers however the reality facing him, he is reduced to asking for exemption from the Official Secrets Act retaliatory enforcement actions that could be taken against even him, who used to wield it every now and then during his rule!

We all heard that he kept tabs on each and every government official and politicians especially all those in the Malaysian Cabinet of his time. Hence, none dared to even oppose his views and decisions all those years.

Well today, Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad is stating that he will accept the UMNO Kubang Pasu Division's nomination for him to represent them at the November UMNO General Assembly at PWTC.

This piece of news must surely be a scary nightmare for our beleagured Prime Minister Dato Seri Abdullah Hj.Ahmad Badawi who must be having fears of what his predecessor is going to say to the largest UMNO gathering of the year.

The UMNO General Assembly is the 'do or die' platform for every UMNO politician and it is also the most important stage for any UMNO President or Deputy President to establish their hold over the ruling party that calls the shot in the Barisan Nasional which runs the Government of Malaysia.

This is the very reason why I can understand Abdullah Badawi's fears of allowing his former mentor and appointer a chance to address the nation as is being dreamed by Tun Dr.Mahathir!

Who knows what the old man is going to say or expose in the coming UMNO General Assembly?

If Abdullah Badawi allows Tun to speak to the delegates as the Tun wishes, Abdullah Badawi could be opening the gates of hell for his own future or come out as a national statesman extraordinaire for being magnanimous enough to grant room for the man who has been lambasting him all this while and badmouthing his government as a 'half past six' impotent government!

To us, the voting public , we see all the shenanigans taking place before us as a revealing of the true colors of this nation's political bigwigs and thus helps us all to see who these fellas really are in their true natures.

We do know that theirs is a life built on the resources and revenues of the 25 million Malaysians who suffer rising prices and further burdening of our ordinary lifes whilst they go on overseas trips at their whim and do not have the slightest worry of an outstanding utility bill or anything?

If our lifes were not affected by these fellows decisions , we wouldn't give a hoot about them or how they live their lifes.

The reality is that we are the ones who get the short end of the stick and we are getting fed up of the tantrums and brouhaha caused by the former and present Premiers and the 'kow tow' ing Malaysian cabinet comprised of ancient dinosaurs who speak as if without them in post, Malaysia will go under in a split second and of young upstarts who speak as if they know every bloody thing there is to good governance of this country! Damn!!!

There is none in the present government whom I can root for or identify as the one who can lead us to a better future. All I can see is people who desire for greater glory and power like what Tun Dr.Mahathir enjoyed during his tenure as this nation's Commander in Chief for 22 long years.

Physical development and infrastructure has taken place in this nation under Tun Dr.Mahathir's rule but society as a whole has also suffered by witnessing a destruction of traditonal values and cultural decay.

Moral problems caused by the collapse of upholding our Eastern values and norms in the Malaysian society fed by hedonistic pursuits of the media and broadcast medium of this nation has seen our nation suffer rising crime and social meltdown.

In a way, Tun Dr.Mahathir is also responsible for allowing the Ministry of Information under the former Minister , Kadir Syaikh Fadzir to allow the TV stations to go all out in propagating too much hedonistic programs to be shown and run by the stations further destroying any remnants of our traditions and cultural inheritance from our forefathers.

There would be those who oppose my views by saying it is up to the individuals to choose whatever lifestyle they want to on their own but to me, I say that the people of this land are the world's worst copycats and easy to ape whatever is being shoved to them by the media and brodcast stations!

Malaysians are very susceptible to any kind of influence from any medium and we all know this to be true. The slightest innovation or catchphrase coined by any artiste or public figure becomes the next top 'in thing' that is imitated in speech and mannerisms by our gullible public!

So, whoever runs the show in the Ministry of Information is the one who moulds our Malaysian society during their tenure.

Hence , I say that whoever is the Prime Minister of Malaysia is as guilty of influencing the way this society lives as much as the Minister of 'Mis' information is answerable to God Almighty for the way he dictates the multimedia stations and broadcasting platforms!

Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad is no saint and many say that he is the very Devil who has screwed this nation for so long and now after stepping down and handing over power to Abdullah Badawi is suffering from 'withdrawal symptoms' and pangs of 'post power syndrome!

Looks like as long as he still lives to be at the UMNO General Assembly this coming November, the man now being the Prime Minister of the Government of Malaysia is not going to sleep in peace at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.

Let's just keep ourselves informed as to what's taking place right now in order to know whom to vote for in the next Malaysian General Elections. Sadly, I see no credible alternative being offered to us by the constantly being in strife Malaysian Opposition parties. Hmmmm...