"He's done it again," my ex-corporate player friend alerted me this morning. I slowly got up, opened up the Mac, and read NAJIB (Sept 25), Dr Mahahtir Mohamad's latest blog entry, in which the former Prime Minister explained yet again why he wanted Najib ousted. "It is nothing personal," Dr M writes, "It is because he has failed terribly as Prime Minister".
"The posting is nothing but personal," I told the retired corporate player. It's not even new.
My friend said he agreed with me but asked me to read again the couple of paragraphs Tun M inserted on Altantuya's murder. "Can you stomach that?"
I read the said paragraphs:
"I beg your pardon, bro, but the question one must ask is, 'What has happened to Mahathir?'"
To be cont'd ...
27 Sept: So what has happened to Mahathir?
The Minister Salleh Said Keruak, on his blog, suggests that the Tun is delusional (The fallacy of who made Najib the PM, Sept 26).
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had worked hard to make Najib Tun Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia. So, since he made Najib the Prime Minister, then he has a right to remove him. This sounds like what they say in the US: if I can hire then I can fire. Actually this is not true and is a fallacy. Dr Mahathir is not Najib’s boss or employer who can just sack him as he pleases. Some may even call it delusional that one man can think he decides who should or should not lead the country, as if the democratic system in how we choose leaders and governments no longer exists.
The 1MDB, one of Dr Mahathir's favourite punching bags, thinks Dr M has dementia. (1MDB regrets Dr M easily forgets)
Tun Mahathir continues to reuse and recycle stale and unproven allegations, which have repeatedly been proven wrong. For example; Tun Mahathir previously claimed that RM42 billion was missing from 1MDB. Now, he claims that "over RM 20 billion cannot be traced or accounted for". For Tun Mahathir's benefit, a comprehensive breakdown of how 1MDB utilised its RM42 billion of debt – based on the company's audited financial statements – can be found here: http://1mdb.com.my/press-release/rm42-billion-all-accounted-for
Me, I think Dr Mahathir is neither delusional nor forgetful. But if his concern is "What has happened to Malaysia?", he certainly hasn't been helping either. Repeating over and over again the allegations against 1MDB and Najib is not due to dementia or takde modal. What he's doing is to make sure the issues against the PM and his pet project 1MDB alive and kick-able. To be fair, except for the US$700 million "donation" into the PM's account in 2013, all questions and issues raised by Dr M have been addressed. The idea is to make the people think that they haven't.
I am, therefore, inclined to agree wholeheartedly with seasoned journalist Jailani Haron when he suggested that 1MDB "stop entertaining Dr Mahathir". (Answer the rakyat, not Dr Mahathir, 26 Sept).
It goes on and on. Dr Mahathir and Najib, the former premier with 1 Malaysia Development Berhad.
No sign it will ever come to an end. The world is watching Malaysia, some of those who once envied our progress would love seeing us crawling. And the rakyat are well-divided.
I think 1MDB should stop 'entertaining' Dr Mahathir. If they wanna issue statement, its because of the rakyat. They deserve it more than Dr Mahathir.
I think the time has come for 1MDB to stop reacting and responding to those so-called recycled claims and allegations. It must have issued hundreds of press statements to just to that in the last half a year or so. It will be more useful to tell us, the rakyat, about its future plans - how 1MDB is going to make money, create jobs, and improve the quality of our lives.