Friday, April 27, 2007

Mahathir mocks BN supporters

A lot of people say that Tun Dr Mahathir has lost his credibility to speak up against the current administration due to his less than rosy record as the previous Prime Minister of Malaysia.

But I don't think so.

He remains one person who can speak vehemently against the government and the leaders, sometimes even resorting to personal attacks, without having to worry about the I.S.A. being used to shut him up.

That itself is enough reason to sit up and listen to some of the things he have to say. Yes, only some of it and listening does not mean that we have to agree with him either.

But I happen to agree with what he said in his interview with online news portal Malaysiakini, which is why I am putting an excerpt here for my future reference.

In the interview, which was released on Malaysiakini yesterday, Tun Dr Mahathir said: 'Unless you send a signal to the government that, 'Look, if you don't behave yourself, you may not get my vote at the next election,' then the government will say, 'You see? The people are voting for us. We are doing well.''

He added: 'If you vote (for Barisan) because you get a lot of money or because you get a lot of projects, you may get a rotten government which uses money in order to buy your vote.'

He lamented that Barisan supporters would vote blindly for the ruling coalition.

'They don't care whether it is a good government or not. We are Barisan people. We vote Barisan. No assessment, no study. We vote (for Barisan) because we must. That's why I say a country deserves the government it gets.'

I know, this is nothing new.

Which is why we all look to Ijok to see how smug the Barisan government is going to feel about themselves, ahead of the next general election.

Looks like we are going to carry the monkeys behind our backs for a long long time to come, not that we have any right to complain because well, we put them there, didn't we?

Just like we put up with a lot of other things in Malaysia, Barisan Nasional has become somewhat like the old favourite pillow or blanket you can't bear to throw away even though it's getting stinky and mouldy.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr M has undergone a "mental reincarnation" or rebirth. Having done so "many things" during his heydays, there might be some remorse or reawakening because he has gone through some "receiving end." As one grows older, the conscience should be prickled and if there is some space in the heart, there should be a return to the path of spiritual values and righteousness. If the conscience has been deposited in the safe deposit box of the bank, it should be taken out and insert back into the heart. Dr M was merely mocking Malaysians to be alert to the "mockery" of the current government administration. Malaysians are generally intelligent (hopefully) and therefore should be "intelligent voters." Gone are the days of "easy indoctrination" and "brain-washing" by BN propaganda. At the end of the day, it is useless to own a massive propaganda machinery when voters are no longer seeing, listening and believing what the garbage being spinned out. Whose fault is it then? The answer of course, are the spinners themselves. They have spun themselves to death. They are their own greatest enemy, not the masses. Not you and me who are growing more alert and discerning to propaganda. Rhetorics used by powers to be to woo voters are getting boring by the day and drifting further and further from the realities of their deeds and actions. Lies and truth are clearly divided. There should be nothing in between.

27/4/07 16:53  
Blogger Maverick SM said...

The fact remains that Malaysia is much race-based indoctrination and the fear or phobias and greed-based system of the majority who uses money to drug the Malays into a believe system that only thru the BN can they continue to survive against the other races who are more capable to survive without handouts. Many of the UMNO Malays do not have self-confidence and believed that they could not be able to compete based on meritocracy or hardwork. For them, it's about no need to work and yet still get rich that was the essence of UMNO Putera-ism

27/4/07 23:03  
Blogger mob1900 said...

Embrace and Engage,
no one will truly learn unless we put aside our prejudices and animosity. we should keep thinking like one nation instead of being suck into a certain coalition's 'Divide & Conquer' rules of play in their desperate attempt to stay in power.

we do not need to depend on a party's intimidation and extortion to move on.

28/4/07 02:31  
Blogger desiderata said...

From the Bee Gees:

To Ijok, I Poke, Can, Cun?

"I started a joke
which started the whole world laughing..."

and the last bar can be atributed to the late SA, laffing in his grave:

"I finally died which started he whole world living
But I didn't see that the joke was on me"

30/4/07 18:07  
Blogger desiderata said...

AM: oops, am, slight misquote, living Up to my Name "erring" wan!:(

"'Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me. "

Amen/(wo)men2.

PS: If you trun up on May 19, I may even serenade thee with FIRSTofMAY!:)
I am worker, You boss, ah?

30/4/07 18:12  

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