Mahathir needs to create the perception of winning

 |Aug 15, 2016
Mahathir has a ready=made puppet in Muhyiddin Ysssin.
Mahathir has a ready made puppet in Muhyiddin Ysssin.

The perception game is very important.

It is important in business and it is important in politics.

That is why companies will not allow their top people to fly economy lest it gives a bad impression about the company’s financial strength.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad of all people knows this.

In fact, when he was Prime Minister for 22 years, he understood the perception game and played it to the hilt.

He wanted Malaysia to go into shipbuilding, steel manufacturing, the motorcar industry, and so on, to give an impression that Malaysia had ‘arrived’.

You cannot claim to be a successful nation unless you are in these industries that other successful countries were in.

All this may cost the nation billions and in the end it may just be money down the drain.

But that is a price Malaysia has to pay to create this perception of success.

Some say Mahathir is a bad businessman or economist.

Actually he is a very clever spin-doctor.

Until today, the simple-minded people still say that Mahathir was the greatest Prime Minister Malaysia ever had because he gave the country development and prosperity.


Langkawi, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers, the Sepang International Circuit, and many more, are part of this perception game that Mahathir played when he was Prime Minister.

These are monuments of his ‘success’.

In fact, he wanted the Crooked Bridge built so that he can create the perception that he took on Singapore and won, just like he took on the UK, US, Australia, etc., and won.

The perception of winning is very crucial to Mahathir even though at the end of the day you may ask what precisely did he win.

Mahathir wants to create the perception that he is just like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Kuan Yew, Mahathir’s nemesis, retired as Singapore’s Prime Minister in 1990 but continued to decide what happens in that island-state for more than 20 years after he left office and almost until the day he died.

Mahathir left office in 2003.

So he has to still decide what happens in Malaysia until way past 2020 (or until 2025 if he can stay alive until then) if he wants to ‘not lose’ to Kuan Yew.

That was why from 2002 to 2003 Mahathir told Abdullah Ahmad Badawi how he should run the country when he takes over on Nov 1, 2003.

When Abdullah did not do not what Mahathir told him to do, in June 2006 Mahathir made his move to oust the Prime Minister.

Then, when Najib Tun Razak took over as Prime Minister on April 3, 2009, Mahathir also told him how to run the country.

However, Najib, just like Abdullah before him, refused to listen.

Mahathir grumbled that when he started harassing Najib and kept telling him what to do, the Prime Minister ignored him and refused to talk to him for six months.

That was when Mahathir decided that Najib has to go.

Of course, Mahathir left out the part that one of those things that Najib ‘refused to listen’ was concerning helping Mukhriz win an Umno Vice President’s seat.

Mahathir blames Najib for not helping Mukhriz by asking Hishammuddin Hussein to stay out of the race and allow Mukhriz a walkover.

Anyway, Mahathir wants a puppet Prime Minister and neither Abdullah nor Najib agreed to become his puppet.

When Abdullah refused to listen he removed him as Prime Minister.

But Mahathir discovered that removing Najib is not as simple as removing Abdullah.

So Mahathir is now forming his own party where he can appoint his proxy to run that party.

So now he will face no more problems of the party president refusing to become his puppet because Muhyiddin Yassin is his ever-ready puppet.

Mahathir found out that holding Abdullah, and now Najib, by the balls was impossible because he did not have any files on them.

Muhyiddin, however, has a file as long as your arm that goes back to the days when he was the Menteri Besar of Johor … Read More

Source: Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.