Sunday, February 3, 2008


Hantu Laut

The ex-Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohammad appears to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. He is now a fifth columnist within is own party.He behaves more like the opposition but insisted his heart is still in UMNO.He accuses his successor of economic mismanagement, nepotism, cronyism and corruption. His determination to force out his embattled successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whose popularity has nosedived due to failure to keep his pre-2004 election promises to eradicate corruptions and bring about some semblance of decency to the administration, may help the opposition deny the BN a two-third majority at the forthcoming polls.

The insidious roots of corruption took form and grew to detestable height during Mahathir's tenure as prime minister. Although Mahathir himself may not be directly involved in corruption, little was done during his time to control it and stop the abuses by ministers, senior civil servants and party officials. Due to highly stimulated economy with credits due to his efforts that speadheaded the nation into becoming one of the largest trading nations and help elevated the per capita income of the people and taking the nation nearer to its goal of a developed nation. With massive public sector spending on development projects , corruption and political patronage became the order of the day.

Mahathir, revered by some and feared by some, must have synthesized Niccoloi Machiavelli's principle of 'it is more secured to be feared than to be loved' into his management philosophy.A Machiavellian philosophical view that any evil action can be justified if it is done for a good purpose.

During his time, ministers, top civil servants and those within his political circle feared him.The more sins they have, the more fearful they were of him.He kept his eyes closed but kept his nose and ears closer to the ground on their corrupt practices and would use it as a weapon as and when needed. Anwar Ibrahim was a casualty of the wrath of Mahathir's resentful dislike for disloyalty.

Mahathir is down but he is not out yet.He has one last mission. To get rid of Badawi as Prime Minister, even at the expense of UMNO losing more seats to the opposition. He really doesn't care as long as Badawi is out of the picture.His disdain for Abdullah has made him acrimonious, irrational and full of contradictions.He probably forgot that he ran this country for 22 years with nothing less than an iron-fist.

He said it was wrong for Abdullah to put the Hindraf's activists under ISA. Didn't he throw more people in prison under ISA during his time? His Operation Lalang in October 1987 arrested 106 opposition leaders and social activists and revoked the publishing licenses of two dailies, the Star and Sin Chew Jit Poh.He had thrown more political opponents in prison using the ISA than all previous prime ministers.Although two wrongs don't make a right, Mahathir should be the last person to make such condemnation against his successor.It's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. He also made it clear that he only intended for Abdullah to stay one term and suggested he should stand down.He contended that the ever popular Najib was to take over from Abdullah. Najib denied of having any knowledge of such arrangement and Abdullah has come out and said there was no such gentlemen agreement.

The ex-PM seemed to have a short memory and forgot that Najib almost lost his seat in the 1999 general election. He won by a slim majority of 240 votes against PAS candidate Ramli Mohamed.The poor showing by BN in that election was due much to Mahathir's unpopularity at that time.There was high probability that Najib could lose his seat if Mahathir have stayed on for the 2004 general election. PAS would have re-captured Trengganu and made inroads into Pahang, Kedah and Perlis.

His falling out with Abdullah was not so much due to Abdullah's incompetence but was more due to the dumping of his pet projects by Abdullah. He was sore and angry as Abdullah had probably promised to continue the projects but reneged on the promises.

The straw that broke the camel's back was the stoppage of the crooked bridge and Abdullah's friendly relations with Singapore, which had testy relations with him during his time.

Following his recent heart operation, Mahathir is again rejuvenated and back on his feet and continue with his demolition expedition against Abdullah.

Abdullah may not be the best man for the job, seemingly weak, indecisive and out of touch with the masses. What Malaysians inherited in the form of Abdullah's poor leadership was due to bad judgement on the part of Mahathir. He overrestimated the capability and loyalty of Abdullah. If Abdullah had carried out all those he promised him, Mahathir will have no problem with him.

It's time for Mahathir to leave the political stage and leave Abdullah to his own devices.Let the people decide whether they want him or not.

You have had your time, Tun. Please,buzz off !


Kata Tak Nak said...

Right on the dot. Go do some good at some orphanage or old folks home.

xoxoguy said...

Dunno about you but I believe msia needs a strong leader. like dr m. The present one came to power promising so much, more transparency, more freedom, more this and that. And four years down the line, the country certainly looks messy. And everyone's talking (becos of the said promised freedom). The imam talking, the priest talking, the pastor talking, everybody's talking. Don't even bring up the crime rate. Talk, talk, talk. Soon we'd become the country where there is so much democracy, every body has an opinion and no work gets done. Demo here and demo there, why we might even need a referendum to fry an egg.
Yep, I want a strong leader.
Seems to me everybody in this country is engaged... for more freedom.
Yeah, does it put food on the table?
I am unashamedly nostalgic for the Mahathir years.

Hantu Laut said...

Kata Tak Nak,
It would be nice if he can do that.

Mahathir has politics running through his veins, not possible for him to be otherwise.His combative nature is not suited for doing charity work.He is a leader not a follower.

Hantu Laut said...

You are absolutely right we certainly need a strong leader who not only talk but can perform too.Mahathir has been that.

I didn't run down Mahathir in my article.What I stated was factual and I have given him due credit.

I think it's time for him to make a graceful exit and let the people decide how to deal with Abdullah's lack lustre performance at the polls.

Zawi said...

Love him for the good he did for the country, hate him on the way he went about doing it.

SM said...


You got it right on the dot bro. We owe Dr. M alot for what he has done for Malaysia. However, the way he did it has left much to be desired.


AAB has had problems trying to rectify the situation created by Dr. M. Whne Dr. M came out first critizing him, AAB should ahve shut him immediately instead of being a gentleman & keeping quiet. Now Dr. m says the deal was for one term for AAB! AAB should ask Dr. M for an apology (thta's not being disrespectful to the "Old Man"! If not, people will say there's no smoke without fire!
AAB came in with loads of promises. That was his first mistake (he should not have promised so much. people xepected much). His second mistake was to allow his people (e.g. Son-in-law & Ministers) to do what they like. Dr. M never allowed them that liberty.
Dr. M is out to dethrone the PM. How sad. He should just retire with diginity but I suppose that's too much to ask of him!

SM said...


By the way, I have never had trouble logging in to Lim Kit Siang's Blog but I can't log in now.
Don't tell me the "powers that be" have "shut" his Blog down (now that the General Election are just around the corner)?!

Hantu Laut said...


What he did good for the country compensated for the ills that came along with it.

Now the weighing scale are tilted too much to negativity.

Hantu Laut said...

Your are right, mate.AAB biggest mistake was making promises he knew fully well he couldn't fulfill.He won a landslide in 2004 on this platform and the people believe in him, now he has to face the repercussions of that broken promises.

Just tried Lim's blog, seems to be ok.

SM said...


Yup, it seemed to have sorted itself out bro!
I wonder why AAB is considering calling for the GE now? He still has some more time. After all he should know that Malaysians are fed up & disappointed with him.
He must know something we don't?

Hantu Laut said...

I guess I know why.He has to hold it before the next UMNO general assembly and election.Without installing himself as PM first before UMNO assembly,Najib or someone else may challange him for the president of the party.

SM said...


You really think Najib will challenge him for the UMNO Presidency? Isn't that position & the Deputy Presidency of UMNO "non-challangable" anymore (Didn't they change the UMNO constitution sometime ago after Dr. M was challenged by Razaliegh)?

Hantu Laut said...

I am not sure whether they have amended the UMNO constitution or not.I believe there need to be certain amount of nominations from the divisions before anyone can contest for president and deputy president.I think for president not less than 30% and for deputy 20%.Whether this still stand today,I am not sure.Maybe, some UMNO members can enlighten us.

During Mahathir's time it could be a consensus among the members that the president and deputy president should not be challanged.

If the post is still open for grab, I strongly believe Najib will take him on if the GE is going to be held after the UMNO assembly.Abdullah may have to take the less risky option of having the GE first and won with slightly weaker BN government, with him still at the helm or postpone the GE and he loses everything.