Mahathir turning into a clown

 |Nov 8, 2016
Former Malaysia Premier Mahathir Mohamad.
Former Malaysia Premier Mahathir Mohamad.

Former Premier Mahathir Mohamad made a guest appearance in Parliament on Tuesday.

The reason why Mahathir went to Parliament, so he says, is to promote freedom of speech.

“Yes, there is a limit to freedom of speech and freedom of press, as otherwise it may cause racial tension among other issues. However, Parliament is free from these limits, especially with regard to freedom of speech. They represent the people and their grouses and they must be heard and allowed to speak freely,” Mahathir said.

Mahathir also said that Parliamentarians should not be subject to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for revealing the secrets they were entrusted with during their time in the cabinet.

In that case why did Mahathir not pass a bill 35 years ago back in 1981 (when he first took over as prime minister) to amend (pinda) the oath of office for ministers that compel them to protect government secrets while they were in office and even after they had left office?

In the UK, official secrets are declassified after 25 years but some that are too sensitive remain classified even after 25 years.

So, even 25 years after you leave office the secret is still a secret.

Cabinet papers remain a secret for 30 years, although not necessarily classified as a secret, under the thirty year rule in the UK.

In Malaysia, cabinet papers and minutes of state executive council meetings are automatically under the OSA even if not classified a secret or stamped as ‘Rahsia’.

Now, Mahathir was a prime minister for 22 years and he does not know all this?

When he was in government he protected government secrets to the death and now he says there should be no secrets.

What Mahathir said then was directly opposite to what he says now. When he said what he said then he said it was for the good of the country and now he also says it was for the good of the country.

How can it be for the good of the country on both occasions when what he said then and what he says now are the opposite?

Last time, in 2001, Mahathir said detention without trial is good.

It is because of the Internal Security Act (ISA) that the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers is still standing while the one in New York no longer exists, said Mahathir.

 

Mahathir said George Soros and all Jews everywhere in the world are bad people.

Today, Mahathir says Soros was a good person because he finances opposition groups in Malaysia (Bersih and Malaysiakini included) to bring down the Umno-led Barisan Nasional and replace the government with the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan.

Have we forgotten 30 years ago when Mahathir taught Malaysians to become biadap and kurang ajar towards the rulers and today he goes running to His Majesty the Agong and the Conference of Rulers to try to get their help in making his son, Mukhriz, the prime minister?

Even more kelakar (clownish) is that recently Mahathir accused the prime minister of putting the Agong under house arrest when this was exactly what Mahathir did to the Agong in 1999 when the thought he was about to lose power.

Was it not Mahathir who said that governments must be changed through the ballot box and not through street demonstrations (pilihan raya dan bukan pilihan jalan raya) and he detained without trial all those who were behind street demonstrations?

Now he urges the people to take to the streets to oust the government.

Mahathir is rapidly turning into Bozo the Clown.

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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.