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Dr M: the messiah Pakatan has been waiting for?

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Former premier, Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying he left Umno because he could not stand the stench of corruption and urged people to accept his new party that allegedly fights corruption.

Was Dr M’s new party really formed for this or to simply fulfill his own agenda?

Till today, many cannot come to terms that staunch enemies like Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang are actually working together with Dr M.

I am sure they all have hidden daggers waiting to be drawn. After all, Dr M is the one responsible for putting both these people behind bars.

He had his 22 years at the helm, now it is time for him to retire and not interfere. In fact, Pak Lah enjoys much more respect than Dr M.

Who first created a dictatorship and can the very man who ruined certain institutions in Malaysia repair them?

Are Malaysians so desperate to consider Dr M – the man who we once labelled as racist and the one who promoted crony capitalism – as a new Messiah?

Wasn’t he the one who introduced privatisation that enriched a select few?

Are we so quick to forget the MAS debacle when he put his buddy Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli in control, his stifling of the student movement and the implementation of the Universities and
University Colleges Act?

Most importantly, let us not forget how swiftly Dr M used to silence his critics by abusing the Internal Security Act.

Compare Dr M’s iron fist reign to the kind of rule we have today under Najib Razak.

Could so many news portals which openly criticise the government have existed during Dr M’s tenure or would all of them been closed down and their writers kicked into prison under the ISA?

Today, Najib is liberal towards the online media, though many are pro-Opposition.

During Dr M’s time, it was not about the survival of the fittest but survival of the most loyal.

This was clearly pointed out by former DPM Musa Hitam who said Dr M never trained leaders but in fact removed many potential leaders – replacing them instead with his loyal followers.

If Dr M can be so quick to point fingers at Najib and hurl all kinds of allegations, why hasn’t he clarified allegations of enormous wealth and various bailouts.

“Isn’t Yasmin Jurumuda Sdn Bhd the sole anti-rust supplier for all Proton cars, making them the biggest Proton vendor?

“Yasmin Jurumuda is also the subsidiary company of Yasmin Group? Will you kindly inform the public who Yasmin Group is in relation to you, Tun?

“Isn’t Yasmin Group owned by your relatives and family?” were some of the questions posed by a blogger who noted that the former premier should be free of any scandals before finding fault in others.

There are still many unanswered questions with regards to Proton and MAS, not to mention the Bank Bumiputra scandals in the 1980s; the Maminco disaster and Perwaja Steel.

After about 20 years of vilifying Anwar, Dr M is now backing him.

As pointed out before, the reason is simple – to escape criminal prosecution.

According to Najib, Dr M’s support for Anwar is driven by his “deep concern” about the government’s decision to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the multi-billion Ringgit Forex scandal in the 90’s.

“As Mahathir knows well, Anwar cannot legally contest, so this U-turn is not about the coming GE … Mahathir knows that the RCI findings could lead to criminal prosecution, so he cannot afford to have individuals highly relevant to the case such as Anwar testifying against him,” said Najib.

So, to sum it all up, Dr M is no Messiah here to save the people. Instead, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing out to save himself.

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