“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.”
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