Authoritarian

Aug 16, 2016
Former Sabah CM Joseph Pairin Kitingan described former Premier Mahathir as a "political animal".
Former Sabah CM Joseph Pairin Kitingan described former Premier Mahathir as a “political animal”.

Former Sabah Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan knows very well what Mahathir would do to those he hates.

He experienced that first hand in 1990 when Mahathir went all out to try to depose him as Chief Minister.

Pairin, who was Sabah Chief Minister from 1984 to 1995, said that when Mahathir was a ‘political animal’ who, when he does not like a person, would go all out to get the person out of his way.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise to Pairin when Mahathir would form a new party and work with his enemies just to try force Najib Razak out of office.

In politics, anything goes – wrote Awang Selamat, a pseudonym used for Utusan Malaysia’s editorials, and that includes trying to erase his dark past by working with DAP’s Lim Kit Siang whom he had put behind bars without trial during his tenure.

It was Mahathir whom had planted the idea that DAP was nothing less than the enemies of the Malays and what Malaysia stood for, in the mind of the Malay masses.

Equally disgusting is Lim Kit Siang whom had spent most of his life in DAP slandering Mahathir as being the most corrupted dictator, now seen being in the same bed with Mahathir.

Once political enemies, Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang have now joined hands to oust PM Najib's government.
Once political enemies, Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang have now joined hands to oust PM Najib’s government.

Another person who would know Mahathir well is Tan Sri Musa Hitam, who was Mahathir’s deputy from 1981 to 1986.

While he described Mahathir as “observant, innovative, and meticulous” he also used the words “authoritarian, contemptuous, and belligerent”.

Musa said Dr Mahathir could be pleasant and engaging at times, but would often come off as being disinterested in dialogue or debate.

“Discussion and debate were never the order of the day,” he wrote describing Mahathir in his book ‘Frankly Speaking’, which was recently launched by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak.

In his book Musa wrote:

“Malaysia today is going through a difficult transition. Trying to establish a mature democracy after more than two decades of authoritarian rule is not easy. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the current, more open political system will continue. Malaysia would, in fact, find itself gripped by reactionary forces that even now are advocating policies and practices that – if adopted – would eventually result in the country becoming a failed state.”

This was echoed by the former Grand Mufti of Jordan, Professor Dr Amin Mohammad Sallam al-Manasyeh in an interview with the portal Malaysia Gazette.

“I am of the opinion that if Allah gives him (Najib) time, he will continue to develop and position Malaysia as the best country in the world. That’s what I think about him,” he said.

Former DPM Musa Hitam described Mahathir as authoritarian, contemptuous and belligerent.
Former DPM Musa Hitam described Mahathir as authoritarian, contemptuous and belligerent.

I, too, had doubts about Najib Razak’s ability to do well as the leader of this country.

Up until April of 2015 at least, I and like-minded friends did not think that he would last in the face of relentless acrid attacks by Mahathir.

By May, Mahathir faltered and changed goalposts several times while Najib Razak stood firm, unwilling to budge even a bit.

Most of us saw that the light shone by Najib in the tunnel of lies made by his detractors is far brighter than the one shone by Mahathir.

And this year, Mahathir received multiple slaps first in the form of the resignation of his son Mukhriz as the Menteri Besar after being told by the Council of Regent of Kedah that he had lost majority support of the State Assembly.

This was followed by his own resignation from UMNO.

Then came the hattrick wins in Sarawak, Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar elections where, despite Mahathir’s claims, Barisan Nasional still won.

He conned by his own people for faking more than half a million signatures of people reportedly in support of his ‘Save Malaysia’ declaration.

One would think that at 91, Mahathir would take it slow and call it a day.

Well, that is not Mahathir.

In the end he sets up another political party called Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) where Najib’s former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin becomes the pro-tem president, and his son Mukhriz the pro-tem treasurer.

And where is Mahathir in this party? He positions himself as Lim Kit Siang has – the Puppet Master.

Despite being a political giant, Muhyiddin has all but lost support in Pagoh and Muar.

Many Johoreans still remember him for his sins committed against the Malays.

He would now have to find another seat to contest in. Otherwise his political career is as good as over … Read More

Source: SeaDemon Blog