BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Tajuddin Rosli, via e-mail
A few months ago, I came across a video of George W Bush’s rare political address in New York implicitly rebuking Donald Trump. While media outlets and television heads applauded the former president of the United States of America, many critics dissented from the chorus and called the speech a “hypocritical bulls**t”.
The exact same words come to mind when we hear Dr Mahathir speak these days. On one instant, he sound apologetic and regretful, but the very next moment he becomes agitated, resentful and unapologetic.
Despite putting on a mask to disguise his character, the cynical evil in him occasionally takes over. From representing the Indian community using a disparaging word to sarcasm mocking those who passed away in the Memali incident, Mahathir seems to lose the acquired inhibition.
He was the same in the past too. However, if you questioned him then, you would have to face his iron fist. As the 19th century political activist Bernard Shaw once said, “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
Over the past few months, Mahathir seems to play victim and become oblivious to every slew he was alleged of during his reign. Nothing was his doing. As they say, a narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark always comes to light.
It is mind-boggling to hear Mahathir speaking about unity when he is the one who divided everyone while he was in power. He speaks about change and doing good when all his campaigns are smeared with negativity. You cannot reap what you have not sown. How are we going to reap love in our community if we only sow hate?
Some claim it is time to put an end to BN’s 60 years of reign. People forget that BN was doing great till 1981, when Mahathir came to the helm. So if there is chaos and mess today because of BN, Mahathir is largely responsible for it.
It is also important to note than Mahathir reigned with 2/3 majority of parliament most of the time, hence, most constitutional amendments were made by him, and since Najib became PM he never had the majority required to amend Mahathir’s ploy of the constitution.
At the age of 93, Mahathir has shown us one thing. It took a man in his 90’s to shake the ruling coalition. All the other leaders of the opposition that existed for decades have failed. It only tells us how weak they actually are.
I can only wonder what if Pakatan fails to form the government this installment. Perhaps it’s time the existing opposition leaders consider a different career path. Because come next election without Mahathir, these people should not even bother contesting.