“Malaysia will become a fully indebted nation before the end of the decade at the current rate of massive borrowing and irresponsible spending by the BN Government” declared the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER).
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad recent online rant against his arch-nemesis Anwar Ibrahim was effectively a backhanded comment aimed at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, said PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.Dr Mahathir. Your one leg is already in the grave. Being a muslim, you should know that when your other leg goes in, people should be able to forgive you for all your sins to society at large otherwise, you will never reach heaven. Repent before it is too late or you will end up in hell forever. Forget politics and start paying homage to God in your last few days/months/years??? if life still left in you. Spend more time on charity etc. Even Vincent Tan, a kafir can recognise that and is involved in a lot of charity work now. You should know better.Mahathir is still campaigning because he is worried sick that should PR come to power, he and his family will have no where to go. His ill gotten wealth and his skeletons will be exposed and confiscated. But this is what the people want. Mahathir should rest assured that PR will give him a very fair trial. ’Mahathir said BN had listened to the public and changed many laws of late. ‘ The most important change we need now is what BERSIH requests. We want clean election so that the result can truly reflect what rakyat want. However, after so many “BERSIH’, where are the changes?
Dr. M said that BN had been doing very well. Later, he said that they were doing fine but just some wrong doings. Then, he said that they are evil but insisting on electing them as opposition has no proven record. What has he been talking about? Does he mean good malaysians have no ability to lead the country but only evil malaysians have the ability ? Perhaps, after so many years in ruling the nation, they have brainwash the rakyat to be evil to be successful politicians.The senile old man is the BIGGEST DEVIL of them all.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has shot himself in the foot, yet again, as he makes a pathetic self-serving plea to return the ruling Umno and its running dog Barisan Nasional (BN) for yet another term after being in power an unprecedented 55 years.
These shameless creatures have finally admitted, through Mahathir the Chief Devil himself, that they in fact don’t have a political ideology. A political party which has no ideology has no business being in politics.
In fact, Umno has a “political ideology” of sorts but not worth speaking about in public: jealously of the Chinese in business. This is the philosophy driving Malay nationalism, a concept which was first created by Malayalee Muslims – think Mahathir – from Kerala, India in Singapore during the British Raj. Refer to “Origins of Malay Nationalism” by Professor William Roff of the Australian National University.
MCA and MIC, which have no political ideologies either, inherited the role of the British during the colonial period: protect the ruling elite from themselves in order to protect their (Indian and Chinese elite’s and British colonial) interests.
It was British Resident-General Sir Frank Swettenham which came up with the “protection” philosophy: “He (the Malay elite) is an arrogant creature who would not hesitate to harm you although by doing so he would in fact suffer even more harm in the process. We need to protect him from his stupidity (protect him from himself).”
Many parts of the world, such as Korea, China, and India – basically medieval kingdoms fifty or sixty years ago — are now among the pacesetters of the modern world, both producing, and improving on, existing inventions. The Muslim world, however, often better off than these countries just half a century ago, has remained as it was, or has even, in many instances, deteriorated. This inertia in the Islamic world seems to stem not from any genetic limitations, or even religious ones, but purely from Islamic culture. 

Although one can gain some insight into Islamic culture from books and other written material, if one is to really understand the Muslim world, there is no substitute for sitting in coffee or tea houses, spending time with Muslims, and asking them questions in their own surroundings and in their own languages. A result of these approaches would seem to indicate, with respect, some of the factors citizens of the Arab and Muslim world might wish to consider to use their extraordinary talents even more fully:

The Ability to Question – Western culture is predicated on questioning: inquiring of authorities how they came to the conclusions they reached — a concept from the ancient Greek word “historayn,” to learn by asking. Although in the Shiite world questioning occurs among religious authorities and the educated elite, in the Sunni world, for centuries, asking questions of those more learned or in positions of authority has been unacceptable. Until Muslims once again allow themselves to ask questions and engage in critical examination, they are disabling themselves from accomplishing as much as they otherwise might.

The Role of the Individual vs. the Role of the Group – In much of the Muslim world, people are often seen not as individuals but as members of particular families, clans, tribes, ethnic groups, or religions. In the Muslim and Arab world, a problem between two people can become a problem between two families, with the individual becoming a “soldier” in the ensuing feud. What an individual might think personally – who is right and who is wrong – becomes irrelevant, fostering a mindset that obstructs the impersonal and dispassionate analytic thinking that defines the modern world.

Encouraging Creativity – A good way to define Western intellectual creativity in the Muslim world is to use the Arabic word ijtihad, roughly meaning using one’s intellectual and reasoning capabilities to determine answers. Today’s Islamic culture seems not to encourage this ability: among the Sunni Muslims, who comprise about 85% of the approximately 1.4 billion Muslims, the “Gates of Ijtihad” were closed about a thousand years ago, apparently for political reasons: religious authorities declared that all questions had been addressed during the past four centuries, so there was therefore no more need for questioning. Since then, Muslims have been asked to accept institutionally what they learn from their authority figures – as in the word Islam, itself, meaning “submission.” Islamic culture therefore does encourage creativity as much as it might; it appears actively to discourage it – people are educated to memorize, not criticize.
Creativity requires, above all, questioning the accepted ways of doing things. What many Muslims do, therefore – and do very well – is produce things invented by others. The Turks, for example, who have had longer and closer contacts with the West than most other areas of the Muslim world have had, are superb at replicating what others have created. Although the F-16, for example, was created in the US, the only perfect one ever manufactured by the mid-1990′s was assembled in an F-16 plant in Turkey. Individual Turks would have been perfectly capable of inventing an F-16, but often feel constrained to think creatively in their own country. This might be a reason that gifted individuals in the Muslim world who feel the need to expand their abilities often abandon their native countries for the West, and do brilliantly there.

The Ability to Admit Failure and Learn from It – Although no one particularly likes to fail, people in the West expect those who have failed to examine why they have failed, and to learn from their mistakes. Some high-tech firms even try to hire people who have failed at startups in the hope of gaining insights so their companies will not pursue avenues that did not succeed. It is hard to imagine a similar approach in any Muslim country, where it is virtually impossible for anyone publicly to admit failure. The concept of personal honor (in Arabic, ‘Ayib), what others say about you – is prevalent everywhere: admitting failure means shaming yourself, a situation to be avoided at all costs. In Western culture, this concept of shame is largely alien; we are more of a “guilt” culture, in that what we think about ourselves counts more than how others view us, and largely motivates our advancement.

In Asian cultures, for example, which also care deeply about “face,” a more neutral way of recognizing problems has evolved. The Japanese and the Chinese, for instance, do not say they have failed; they say that the road that had been chosen did not prove to work, so the direction should be changed. This indirect way of admitting failure has helped them advance. Such a blameless approach, however, is virtually non-existent in the Muslim world, and a major reason so much of it remains in squalor.The Oil Curse – Since Muslims in the oil-rich states can now afford to have others do everything for them, they are not compelled to use the one renewable resource available to everyone: the human brain — if exercised to think creatively, capable of amazing feats. But given the cultural realities and financial wealth available in so much of the Muslim world, there seem to be few incentives, if any, to be productive in ways other than gaining, conserving, or enjoying wealth.

Palestinians, as well, are easily capable of accomplishing what anyone else does, if only their education, governance and cultural incentives were changed from destroying their neighbor, Israel, to building a felicitous society. Palestinian political leaders, however, seem to have decided that the rewards from the international community, at least for them, will be greater if they are seen as victims receiving perpetual handouts, rather than as leaders receiving rewards linked to accomplishments. The economic system seems to have evolved into bribes in exchange for promises that are never kept, followed later by the request for still more bribes.
Ironically, all genetic analyses of the many ancient Muslim Palestinian families indicate that they are largely from the same genetic stock as Ashkenazi Jewry. So what is the difference here? The Jewish culture encourages questioning and thinking from an early age, whereas the Palestinian Muslim culture does not. What is encouraged instead is the unexamined acceptance of whatever is set before one, whether on government-run television or in government-written textbooks. Religion has nothing to do with this situation; Islam therefore is not the problem: Islamic culture is. Only when Muslims address their culture head-on can there be any real hope for their world to overcome its self-imposed limitations and start fully contributing to the wonders of the 21st century.

God Forbid that Umno-BN be returned to power again
If Umno is returned to power yet again, God Forbid!, despite having no political ideology worth speaking about in public, it means yet another five years for the ruling elite to raid the Public Treasury – ostensibly to increase the number of Umno millionaires to rival the Chinese —  in reality to live it up at the expense of the people.
They can fool some of the people some of the time. They can’t fool all the people all the time.
Umno-BN has clearly outstayed its welcome as any party or coalition in power more than two to three terms violates one of the fundamental rules of checks-and-balances in a democratic system.
The people need to get Umno/BN out so that the incoming Federal Administration, helmed by the parties now in the Opposition, can conduct an audit and due diligence of Umno/BN’s 55 years in power. The audit/due diligence must not be mistaken as a witch-hunt or a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s about seeking justice for the people.
Such an audit and due diligence is extremely necessary before the country can decide how to move forward. This is more important than harping on Buku Jingga or whatever and scoring points with Umno/BN on the development agenda. Man does not live by bread alone!
Umno-BN trying to steal the thunder from Opposition 
However, so far the Opposition alliance – Pakatan Rakyat – has been doing extremely well with its pronouncements on PTPTN, car prices, toll collection, RCI and oil royalty, among others. Umno/BN will implement all these before the forthcoming 13th General Election to deny the Opposition “any issues”.
Even if Umno/BN implements the entire package of plans, programmes, packages, reforms proposed by the Opposition, it still doesn’t mean that Umno/BN should be returned to power. Mahathir talked about Umno/BN doing now what the people want – meaning that they previously ignored the people’s wishes – and crying that this should be taken into consideration by the people.
Again, the next GE is not about scoring points on the development agenda but about restoring one of the fundamental checks-and-balances in a democratic system i.e. not keeping the ruling party in power more than two or three terms; and the said audit/due diligence. An audit/due diligence would not be necessary if the ruling party is voted out every two to three terms as in other civilized countries.
Mahathir obviously fears the audit/due diligence process since it will among others bring his Administration, 22 long years in the squatting, under public and official scrutiny.
The end result will be that Umno/BN will be prevented from returning to power, if at all, for a very long time. Many Umno/BN leaders including Mahathir will be counting the bars soon if they don’t flee the country for dear life. It would be poetic justice for the people if Mahathir is locked up even for a day and comes out from jail, all white-haired and disheveled, looking a forlorn sight in prison rags.
If at all Umno/BN returns to power some day, it will have to be in a reincarnated form taking into consideration its Karma in the previous form.
This is something that Mahathir very much fears as he makes an impassioned plea – better the known devil, than the unknown angel – for Umno//BN to be retained “rather than the people try out the Opposition for a term”

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