Drama Kera La Sebelum Terhempas

Mahathir kini agak tertekan untuk meraih simpati para pengundi akibat bekerjasama dengan DAP yang sejak azali menjadi musuh utamanya.  Beliau hanya membohong apabila berkata bahawa beliau ingin ‘menyelamatkan’ Malaysia, sedangkan kita tahu apa agenda beliau berbaik-baik dengan Pakatan yang amat membenci beliau.

Sejak dari tahun 1980an sendiri kita telah disajikan dengan janji-janji DAP untuk mengheret beliau ke mahkamah untuk membicarakan beliau di atas jenayah-jenayah salahguna kuasa dan penggunaan wang rakyat untuk menyelamatkan perniagaan anak-anak dan kroninya.  Kalau tidak, masakan Anwar Ibrahim gunakan isu kronisme dan nepotisme untuk menjatuhkan beliau dari takhta UMNO pada tahun 1998?

Tidak mustahil di antara Mahathir mengharapkan perlindungan daripada Perdana Menteri-Perdana Menteri selepasnya daripada tindakan undang-undang yang mungkin akan diambil terhadapnya.  Beliau mengharapkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang kuat, serta Perdana Menteri yang menurut telunjuk beliau, untuk terus berlindung dari tindakan undang-undang.

Apabila Pak Lah enggan mengikut telunjuk beliau, Pak Lah telah diserang dengan begitu hebat hingga hampir menyebabkan kejatuhan kerajaan Barisan Nasional.  Apabila Najib Razak pula enggan mengikut telunjuk beliau, orang-orang yang rapat dengan beliau telah dihantar ke luar negara untuk membuat seberapa banyak laporan terhadap Najib Razak.

Akibatnya, Najb Razak telah diserang hebat oleh bukan sahaja musuh-musuh UMNO, malah diserang juga oleh mereka yang di dalam UMNO.  Tujuan Mahathir hanyalah untuk menjatuhkan Najib Razak dan menggantikannya dengan pilihan Mahathir, ketika itu merupakan Muhyiddin atau Mahiaddin.

Namun, serangan tersebut gagal apabila Najib Razak bangkit menangkis dan membalas serangan-serangan tersebut.  Akibatnya, Muhyiddin dan Shafie Apdal kecundang, lalu meninggalkan UMNO.  Mahathir tiada tempat untuk berpegang, apatah lagi untuk melindungi beliau dari ancaman tindakan undang-undang terhadap salahlakunya semasa menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Lalu beliau tubuhkan parti sendiri sambil menjilat ludahnya sendiri agar dapat diterima oleh DAP serta rakan-rakan sekutu mereka.  Dan perjuangan Mahathir kini adalah untuk menjatuhkan Najib Razak agar Pakatan dapat berkuasa.  Sehubungan itu, Mahathir juga mengangkat dirinya sebagai calon Perdana Menteri Pakatan Harapan dan mengharap agar beliau terlindung dari tindakan undang-undang.  Tidak apalah sekiranya DAP memerintah secara proksi dan berpeluang untuk melaksanakan impian Malaysian Malaysia mereka di mana semua rakyat akan diberi hak saksama – termasuk dari segi peluang dan agama.

Tetapi tembelang Mahathir lama-kelamaan berbau juga, dan rakyat telah dapat menghidu segala pembohongannya.  Kalau kita lihat dalam video di bawah, jelas Mahathir hanyalah merupakan kuda tunggangan DAP, dan bukanlah calon yang mereka kehendaki.  Malah, DAP masih belum lupakan dosa-dosa lampau Mahathir dan tidak akan melindungi beliau:

Untuk tidak kehilangan sokongan akibat kerjasama beliau dengan musuh-musuh, beliau telah cuba meraih sokongan dengan membuat siri pembohongan yang mengatakan beliau akan dibunuh dan pesawat jet sewaan beliau juga telah disabotaj.  Meskipun siasatan telah dilakukan terhadap pesawat tersebut oleh Pihak Berkuasa Penerbangan Awam Malaysia serta pemilik pesawat tersebut dan didapati tidak disabotaj, beliau masih berkeras mengatakan bahawa ianya telah disabotaj.

Saya yakin, sehari dua sebelum pengundian dijalankan, beliau akan melakonkan suatu kemalangan terhadap diri sendiri dan akan meraih simpati para pengundi dari katil hospital di Hospital Langkawi dengan menuduh Barisan Nasional.  Drama Kera-La ini telah dijangkakan kerana Mahathir merupakan seorang pelakon yang amat baik.  Beliau sanggup lakukan apa sahaja untuk tidak membenarkan parti Pribumi terhempas ke bumi.

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Negarasawan

Back in 1998 after Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from UMNO and the rakyat rose against Mahathir, I used to tell friends who were in UMNO that it was wrong to burn your house down just because you quarrel with a sibling.  Instead, you should sit down with that sibling and other family members and work out the differences and find a middle ground.  Last night, Najib Razak who is UMNO’s President made the same call through his Facebook posting asking UMNO members to work differences out amicably. As members of a large family there is bound to be disagreements but this could be solved through discussions as UMNO members are brethren.

This is of utmost importance.  UMNO has gone through many trials and tribulations from the days of Dato Onn Jaafar who left the party to form another back in the 1950s, to the attacks on UMNO by a nonagenarian of Kerala-descent that the party faces now.  It has been the unity of UMNO members that has stopped all attempts to break it apart.  The UMNO members have to realise this.

UMNO is not just being attacked by its trditional enemies and former members.  It is also being threatened by colleagues from component parties for showing ‘support’ to the amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, 1965 sought by PAS President Haji Hadi Awang.  It was last revised in 1988 and since its passing 51 years ago, not a single non-Muslim person has ever been charged in a Syariah court for not fasting during the month of Ramadhan nor has there been any case of a non-Muslim being charged in court for fornication.  So why should it be any different now?

Talking about unity, someone caused disunity in ASEAN 19 years ago when he fought to have Myanmar admitted as a member. Yes, Myanmar became a member of ASEAN despite concerns regarding the military junta’s treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the oppression of minorities.

Mahathir said:  “I fought hard for Myanmar to be admitted into ASEAN.”  Yes, it was his idea.  According to his now-bosom-buddy Lim Kit Siang in June 2005, it is Mahathir who must bear the greatest responsibility for the ASEAN admission of Myanmar in the 1997 ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur despite strong regional and international reservations and opposition. It was Mahathir who was a staunch supporter of ASEAN’s founding principle of non-interference, a principle that has allowed the group to develop economic ties without being pulled into each other’s domestic problems, that has caused this policy to be severely tested when Myanmar entered into ASEAN in July 1997.

In June of last year he tried to push the buck back to the present government.  For those who said that Najib Razak has done nothing to help the Rohingyas, due to the ASEAN principle of non-interference, the most the government could do is to get Myanmar to be committed in dialogues with other neighbours on this issue. Despite that, this present government shipped 480 tonnes of food, neccessities to the Rohingyas in Myanmar in September 2012 through the port of Sittwe, Myanmar. And last year, Najib Razak announced that Malaysia will give assistance to the Rohingya boat people. The Royal Malaysian Navy led the effort to give assistance to the boat people.

Since Mahathir is jobless, can’t afford to hire cooks, can’t afford to buy flight tickets that he needed a private jet to take him everywhere, and his Vision 2020 to have his son as the Prime Minister is now in tatters, Mahathir should now organise a series of demonstrations in Yangon.  I am pretty certain his DAP friends would be willing to finance his trip there.

Let us see if he would take up this challenge and prove that he is still a negarawan and not the negarasawan that he has turned into.

Pathetic. Go sit in a mosque and repent!
Pathetic. Go sit in a mosque and repent!

The Pleb Versus The Noblemen

Whoever is familiar with the study of the Constitution would know Walter Bagehot, an editor, economist and political analyst who also wrote a book called ‘The English Constitution.’  There is one apposite quote of his that I thought befits the current situation and that is:

Nothing is more unpleasant that a virtuous person with a mean mind.”

The above quote refers to that man who claims to be virtuous but really is the epitome of evil; so evil that Pharaohs would have sought help from God’s Prophets to free them from this person – Mahathir Mohammad.

We have had noblemen leading this country, shining a light upon the path in which this nation walks even through its darkest hour.  Tunku Abdul Rahman was the son of the 25th Sultan of Kedah, Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid.  Tun Abdul Razak was the son of the 9th Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar of Pahang, Dato Hussein bin Mohd Taib.  Tun Hussein Onn was the son of UMNO founder, Dato Onn Jaafar who was the Menteri Besar of Johor.

I was priveleged some time back to a chat with Professor Anthony Milner, a researcher from the Australian National University, an Emeritus Professor, School of Culture, History & Language of the ANU, on the topic of the Malays.  We were discussing the origin of the Malays and the ‘Rajas Melayu.’  Interesting to note that our paths converged when we both agreed that the Malays refer to a collection of people of the Nusantara spanning from the borders of Polynesia and Melanesia to Sumatra, who pledged allegiance to the Rajas whose respective dominions were all that they could survey.  It was only when political boundaries were defined in a clearer manner that the Malays were defined according to the nation that they lived in.

The antonym of a nobleman would be a commoner.  The fourth Prime Minister was not born into the aristocracy like his predecessors, or a prominent religious family like his successor.  In short, I would term him a pleb: a low-born, uncultured, coarse, rude, undistinguished – and a personal favourite: scum.  His grandfather, Iskander Kutty hailed from the southern Indian state of Kerala.  His father was from Pulau Pinang, a school principal.

Mahathir had nothing to show. He had nothing compared to his predecessors.  This probably shaped the way he managed this country: through the rule of iron fist, autocratic, dictatorial, enriching cronies and nipotes to prepare him for the end of days. A man who has nothing has nothing to lose.  Therefore, it was always his way, or the highway.  He had this habit of making enemies everywhere, including the members of the royal households. And as James A Baldwin once said, The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”

One would have thought that this nonagenarian would spend the twilight moments of his miserable life repenting for the wrongs he had done, alas no!  His perfervid hatred for the man who stands in between him and his undying ambition to ensure that his family would be remembered as an aristocratic bunch rather than the descendants of the evil-smelling Kutty whom had just gotten out of the stowage of a slave ship, has caused him to make a reciprocal turn on all his words, often filled with delusional tales to cloud the minds of those too young to remember anything bad about him. He has nothing to lose.

In 1867, Bagehot asserted in ‘The English Constitution‘ that the Constitution needed two parts: the dignified – to excite and preserve the reverence of the population’ and the other, the efficient – to ‘employ that homage in the work of government’. The monarch was the prime example of dignity in this sense and the Prime Minister and his cabinet of efficiency.  Therefore, the monarch, while lacking executive power, had an important constitutional role.

But in 1993, Mahathir, being a pleb and an undignified one too, decided to encroach into the realm of the dignified. Mahathir amended the Federal Constitution with the aim of removing legal immunity of the royalty.The amendments were made at a time when the Malaysian monarchy witnessed a deteriorating relationship with the government (specifically Mahathir). Before the amendments were made, the Constitution granted rulers who have violated the law not to be prosecuted by the criminal court unless he voluntarily wishes to surrender his legal immunity.

This laid the royalty bare and are now subjected to public scrutiny, bringing the royalty and monarchy close to becoming irrelevant.  As a result, members of the royalty have been seen to assiduously court public opinion after prolonged years of subservience to Mahathir’s rule (Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Muhamad Takiyuddin Ismail (2013)).

Mahathir had nothing to lose. These were the Rajas Melayu. He need not show any allegiance to anything Malay as he is not truly one.  UMNO was just a vehicle for him to have power in order to make riches.  When UMNO went against him he had UMNO declared illegal in 1988. Then he created a new UMNO where playing fields were no longer level and he had automatic nominations as the President of UMNO.  What is UMNO to him but just another Malay institution where he, the soupçon Malay felt no allegiance to.

Finally, the Sultan of Johor told Mahathir to shut up.  Not once, but twice.

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And Mahathir is never concerned about the people of Malaysia. Politics, to him, is what serves only him. Therefore, his call for the people to overthrow the government is a total reciprocal from his way of dealing with demonstrations against him during his premiership.  And how was it during his time?

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During his time, when people demonstrated against him, he appealed to the participants to use the ballot box to bring about their desired reform.  What is his stand now?  He incites people to force change undemocratically!

You can watch a video to see how Mahathir had Anwar Ibrahim arrested and the way he had the police to handle those who demonstrated against him when he was the Prime Minister.

As Lord Acton wrote in his letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton on the 5th April 1887:

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

And in the case of Mahathir he is not just a bad man, but a pleb and a scum.