First, the old man claimed he has been mistaken as the bad guy for launching the infamous “Operasi Lalang” – crackdown using Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1987 which saw 106 people, mostly opposition politicians, arrested. The old dictator, Mahathir Mohamad, conveniently blames the police over the crackdown. He’s the good guy and it was the police that had ruined his so-called reputation, he cried.
It’s amusing how the dictator tries his very best in rewriting history in order for him to be remembered as a hero instead of a monster such as Hitler. The fact is nobody would believe Mahathir’s version of the story simply because her was then the Prime Minister cum Home Minister, making him the most powerful man in Malaysia. It’s laughable that the police would dare to do something without the dictator’s blessing.
Then he entertained the public further by saying he wanted to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) when he was prime minister, but did not do so as the police were against the move. Adding spices to the comedy drama, the former IGP (Inspector-General of Police) who served during Mahathir’s era, Hanif Omar, agreed with Mahathir’s story. Of course nobody would believe Hanif Omar who was rewarded with “Tun-ship” and deputy chairman of Genting Group position after his retirement to speak up the truth.
But why would Mahathir so adamant about clearing his name now? If he believes his feng-shui master prediction that he would at least live till the ripe age of 88-years-old, surely he doesn’t have to rush into such drama and in the process making fool of himself. Did he foresee something brewing that could potentially put him in the position the same way Marcos and Mubarak ended towards the last few years of the lifes – humiliated and rejected by their own countrymen before die in exile?
Could the just ended uprising in Egypt after Tunisia marks the beginning of more “true democracy” demonstrations that would end dictatorships worldwide? The sudden revolution from protesters living under dictatorship for years has just hit Bahrain, something unthinkable weeks ago. It seems the wave of uprising is sweeping richer states in the Gulf and if Bahrain regime were to fall, the next to hit could be Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi prince told BBC: “Unless problems facing Saudi Arabia are solved, what happened and is still happening in some Arab countries, including Bahrain, could spread to Saudi Arabia, even worse.”
It’s easy to understand why all the royals, princes, presidents, prime ministers and whatnot are panicking. The following weeks would see if the uprisings in Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain would prolong and follow what had happened in Tunisia and Egypt. While Egypt was relatively lucky because the military didn’t use excessive violent, the same cannot be said about Bahrain. The Bahrain royal family has control of its military and is using it to crack down on protesters – firing live ammo directly at protesters, something you can expect to happen in Malaysia if indeed similar uprising happens.
Malaysia PM Najib Razak may be right to say that Egypt and Malaysia was different so such revolution should not happen. But unlike Egypt, protesters in Bahrain are demanding not just jobs but also the release of political prisoners and broad constitutional reforms. While Egypt’s GDP per capita is $6,300 the GDP per capita of Bahrain is over $40,000. They are also calling for the end to the monarchy that has ruled Bahrain for 200 years, something that is raising not only Malaysia’s ruling party, UMNO’s eyebrows but also the monarchy systems in the country.
Hence, it’s of paramount important that the revolution stops at Bahrain’s doorstep otherwise the domino effect would spill over to Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East’s kingdoms. And when that happens, tensions could happen in other countries including Malaysia. Dictator and corrupt politicians’ greatest enemy may not be the opposition parties after all. They could collapse because of the explosion of silent unhappiness built over the years among the people on the street.
Going by the rate of such busy demonstrations, Swiss banks could see many active transactions being executed simply because corrupt politicians and dictators are busy hitting their keyboards transferring their ill-gotten money to hide them from any trails, in case they need to exit from their countries. So is senile Mahathir playing his part to calm the situation by playing the role of a hero? His student, PM Najib Razak, has already started playing the role as a caring prime minister by reducing toll rate. The question: would (stupid) Malaysians enjoy and believe the latest comedy drama?
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