Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's 4th, longest serving and most vocal Premier spoke frankly to Riz Khan of Al Jazeera on Dec.4th 2008.
No other Malaysian PM had it in him to give as good as he gets as shown in this interview.
He may have his faults but to date, he remains as an icon in our Malaysian history.
Riz Khan handled himself quite professionally in the talk show and should be congratulated unlike the BBC's Hardtalk Stephen Sakhur who often rudely interrupted Tun while he was responding to the latter's questions.
Let's watch what Najib Tun Razak had to say then when it was his turn to speak to Riz Khan :
From what we can clearly see, Najib spoke articulately but he had to do a lot of damage control after the mess Abdullah Badawi had allowed to take place after Tun Mahathir left office.
Najib has been trying his best to cater to most Malaysians but he seems to have a major problem by way of his spouse's actions who has become quite a liability to his image as the country's 6th Premier and would probably also be an issue which the Opposition would definitely use to run the BN down?
We all have to take notes from history and Najib would do well to chart his course with such lessons from the past or risk losing the mantle of power to those who would waste no time in selling us out!
It is gonna be a litmus test soon for Najib as the Opposition are preparing to stage another major protest come July the 9th this year. How will he handle it?
'We should not forget that our tradition is one of protest and revolt,
and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past
...while we silence the rebels of the present.'