Mahathir Mohamad: The Epitome of Foolishness, Father of Primitive Malaysia and Symbol of Everything that is wrong with Paradoxical Malaysia

“The Future is for the Young”

One thing that a person should realised, as soon as the sun sets he should just ride home and smell the roses. He has no business interfering into the affairs of the state even if he used to be the former prime minister. Heaps of philosophical literature have been written and advocated to show rebellion against the concept of power and its abuses. It is for this reason that basic concepts like the separation of powers and constitutionalism have been brought to life. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. This extends also to the holding onto the position of power or authority. There are reasons why certain practices to limit the tenure of a leader have been exercised and codified. From traditionalism to modernism and then to post modernism the changing and development of ideas are intense.

When its time to go, you should go. When you sit too long you are certain to become senile and impotent. How is it that he could be asked to campaign in the recently held by-elections? Have they forgotten that he presided over the Barisan Nasional when it suffered one of its worst performances in 1999? A man living in the past should just be fit to be part of history. Nothing more.

He was called the father of modernism. How he can be called the father of modernism is astonishing. What he actually did was to bring Malaysia back to the feudalistic and medieval ages. While material and infrastructural progress developed, intellectual ideas and discourse suffered a slow death. For a country with the natural resources of Malaysia, it would take a fool not to be able to oversee the construction of KLCC, Putrajaya and everything else. The challenge lies in producing minds and people with the intellectual capacity to bring Malaysia to the forefront of cutting edge intellectual diversity. Modernism is closely associated to the development of modernity in study circles. The period for modernity is said to have started from the time of the ‘Aufklarung’ where Europe was graced by enormous figuras like Kant, Hegel, Rousseau, Leibniz, Spinoza, Habermas, Locke, Hume, and many more. To be called as the Father of Modernism it is only necessary if you are up there and on par with these figuras. Anything less than that and the label is a hyperbole.

And do remember that he created the paradoxical Malaysia that it is today. Expounded unity but encouraged race based parties and policies. Wanted Malaysia to be a centre of educational excellence but enacted AUKU. The political and ideological hegemony of the public universities by the Barisan Nasional is a public secret. Advocated a democratic and progressive state but the media is state run and a propaganda machine. Called for justice and equality to all but single headedly destroyed the judiciary. All these are only the few contradictions that have ruined Malaysia in the previous past 22 years that he has ruled over Malaysia.And now he’s back. What utter stubbornness and dogmatism.

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”


4 Responses

  1. Malaysia’s most famous literary works are ” Bersih, Cekap, Amanah”, Kerja bersama saya bukan utk saya” and ” 1Malaysia, People first, Performance Now(here). And that’s about it. Mind you all of these works of literature are in the modern fiction section. Malaysia do have such great modern fiction laurate, don’t we?

  2. Mahathir father of modernism? He’s everything but modernism — he’s father of crony capitalism, corporatism, nespotism, despotism, patrimonialism, cronyism, state terrorism, paternalism, statism, totalitarianism, crypto-fascism, supremacism, ethnocentrism… he’s not enough of 23 years grip of power, and want to become the prime minister emeritus. While himself is critical of Lee Kuan Yew, he’s the one who follow the footsteps of LKY.

    The definition of political modernism is the separation of power and dispersion of power. This is not what Mahathir have championed. He’s the one who brought us constitutional crisis, violated the golden rule of independence of judiciary from the executive. If he can be qualified as the father of modernism, then Kim Jong-il is the father of liberty, Fidel Castro is the champion of freedom. I wonder why his name is not in the Parade Magazine’s dictators list, he deserved that.

  3. sungguh tidak objektif sekali artikel ini. semua kesalahan diletakkan ditangan mahathir. mahathir hanyalah individu yang terbentuk hasil dari sistem yang sudah bertapak kejap di dalam negara ini. sistem ini berakar-umbi kepada kapitalisme kroni dan budaya feudal yang sememangnya sudah pun wujud sebelum mahathir menjadi perdana menteri.

    jangan hanya salahkan mahathir. cermin diri anda sendiri. tengok dicermin wajah anda betul-betul dan tanyakan, apa yang telah anda lakukan sehingga mahathir terus berkuasa selama 22 tahun? kalau setakat nak memekik dalam blog, semua orang boleh buat!

  4. res ipsa loquitur…

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