Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tun Dr. Mahathir

I'm writing in anguish as my comments posted in http://www.chedet.com/ was not published. As all of you are aware, the above mentioned is Tun Dr. Mahathir's blog which I am an ardent fan of but not necessarily a believer of all his calls. According to Alexa International, Tun's blog is on the 27th place in most visited of all time bloggers list. Aware are you not that his blog has 7.3 million hits already in a space of 5 months. Yes, 7.3 million since he started in May 2008.

It is just a matter of time that he will be hitting all time high as he is used to while reigning as the Premier of this country. Highest this and that. Yes, a matter of time before his blog is the most visited and will never be paralleled to by anyone in this world.

My comments in his blog was to his article Snippets - Loss Of Confidence. I started off with publishing a letter which was written by Tun Dr. Mahathir hereinafter called "TDM" to the then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman hereinafter referred to as "TAR" after TDM was sacked on 6th June 1969.

This letter was published by the formerly defunct and now up and running again(and arrest of the editor) Malaysia Today, thanks to the follies of Malaysian Government.

The letter dated 17 June from TDM to TAR as follows:-

Your opinions were based on stories you heard from people who surround you, and who tell you only what they think you like to hear or should hear. Permit me to tell you what the position, the thoughts and the opinions of the people are really, so that you can understand my motive for making that press statement.

You yourself told me that you have prevented a riot by commuting the death sentence of the 11 subversive Chinese. In truth this very action sparked the riots of 13 May, which resulted in the deaths of many, many more.

Your 'give and take' policy gives the Chinese everything they ask for. The climax was the commuting of the death sentence, which made the majority of the Malays angry. The Chinese on the other hand regarded you and the Alliance government as cowards and weaklings who could be pushed around.

That was why the Chinese and the Indians behaved outrageously toward the Malays on 12th May. If you had been spit in the face, called dirty names and shown obscene gestures and private parts, then you could understand how the Malays felt. The Malays whom you thought would never rebel went berserk, and they hate you for giving too much face. The responsibility of the deaths of these people, Muslim or Infidels, rests on the shoulders of the leader who holds views based on wrong assumptions.

I regret writing this letter, but I have to convey to you the feelings of the Malays. In truth the Malays whether they are UMNO or PMIP supporters really hate you, especially those who had lost homes, children and relatives, because of your 'give and take' policy.

They said you wanted to be known only as 'The Happy Prime Minister' even though others are suffering. They said that although the country was in a state of emergency you were engrossed playing poker with your Chinese friends. Even the policemen said that you were using official cars and police escorts to contact your poker gang.

Lately, another disturbing factor came to light. The Malays in the Civil Service, from Permanent Secretary downwards, Army Officers and the Malays in the Police Force have lost faith and respect for you. I know that the majority of them voted for the PMIP through mail ballots....

I wish to convey what the people really think, that is that it is high time you resign as our Prime Minister and UMNO leader.

I am fully aware of the powers you still hold and I remember too well the fate of AZIZ ISHAK. But I would be irresponsible if I do not explain what I have said earlier. Even if I am jailed, I have to say what I have already said.

Once more I wish to repeat that the statement I made [on the continued exclusion of the MCA from the Cabinet] is to prevent the Malays from hating the Government more and to stop the Chinese from abusing the dignity of the Malays. A bigger riot will occur if this is allowed. The military itself will be beyond control.

I pray to God it will open your heart to accept the truth bitter though it may be."

My main question to him among others which of course went unanswered was how much a malay is he really judging from his background that his beloved father travelled from Kerala to be a teacher here bearing the name Mohamad Koyakutty. I believe he is able to speak at least a bit of Malayalam if not in a smattering way which i did quote as well.

I mentioned I am not a bit worried that i quoted the above after the almost defunct/irrelevant MIC deputy president Dato G. Palanivel had openly mentioned this fact in the local newspapers asking TDM not to forget his roots.

I have also mentioned in my comments that i was appalled that a person with his calibre and stature was upset that Dato Seri Najib had apologised to the Chinese. Why not? Ask him and he shall say that was not what he meant.

I also asked him on his about turn to rejoin UMNO when he swore(not a statutory declaration) that he will not join UMNO till Abdullah Ahmad Badawi steps down. If his answer is going to be for the sake of Malay unity, who is he kidding?

Read the letter and judge for yourselves. I should probably make my thick skull understand that these questions will not get me an answer.

May god grace us all.


balan said...

Hi Prem,

Welcome to the world of blogging.

1. You may be right about TDM for his letter to TAR, but then same goes to Anwar by the way he used to lash out against DAP and PAS those days. Not to mention the fact that Anwar championed the cause of bumiputras or rather Umnoputras. People do change from time to time, especially politicians.

2. I do like TDM's posts in his blog, many of the articles are a good read, make sense, rational and wise.
3. Please do visit our (mine and rakesh)blogs as well

Rakesh Kumar said...


Good to see you blogging. Hope you do it frequently, unlike me whose blogging frequency is akin to the eclipse.

If you allow me to make a humble comment, allow me to say that you write very well. Honest.

As for TDM, I am with Balan. And I agree to some of your points as well. And TDMs blog is one of my favourite. He is a wise men, but like many wise men, occasionally he can slip. I guess he sometimes does it deliberately to suit the moment, rather than to reflect his actual policies.

Take care bro.

Anonymous said...


Just to let you know that, Tun, still think that Malaysians have TADIKA mentality.Just like all morons in UMNO. To hell with this Mamak, also pendatang, just like all of us.

You wont know , he might be celebrating ONAM, singing kadalin akare ponore.