It’s a shame that former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not do 40 years ago what he now says his new party will.
According to a report in Sinar Harian, Mahathir claims that he left Umno-Baru because he couldn’t stand the stench of corruption.
He urged the rakyat to accept his new party, which he said was formed to fight corruption. He said his new party would field only sincere candidates who would not take dirty money.
Mahathir forgets easily. It was he who set the ball rolling in the late sixties and early seventies with his Malay agenda.
Later, he would reward close friends and associates with business opportunities.
While it was right to try to improve the socio-economic conditions of the Malays, it was wrong to make the mechanisms run like a never ending treadmill.
What happened to the time limit, and why was there no serious evaluation of the affirmative action policies to see if they were successful or needed tweaking?
Mahathir left office in 2003, but he continued to control the levers. He tried to interfere in Abdullah Badawis’ administration, and he continues to pop up, like an annoying Jack in the Box, during Najib’s premiership.
Mahathir’s “Look East” policy took his cue from Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, despite his vow not to trade with Britain.
His emulation of Thatcher’s penchant for privatisation meant that companies were annexed by Umno-Baru nominees or his own.
Source: Malaysia Today