It must be admitted that she is like her father in a very important way: she is independent-minded and determined. In this sense, it is like father like daughter.
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER, TEN-FOLD
A little story: yesterday someone decided to pay for my lunch anonymously. Whoever it was, if you’re reading this, thank you very much for this little kindness.
BUT I am really not the one whose lunch you should pay for. There are lots of hungry people out there more deserving than me. So in order to honour your kind gesture, I have decided to donate some money to an organisation that helps the hungry, Food Aid Foundation. Your generosity yesterday will now help a few more people. Thank you again.
Happy New Year everyone! May the Year of the Monkey be a happy and lively one for you and yours!!
The anonymous note on the bill which someone paid for me.
Screenshot of my transfer to Food Aid Foundation
HE DIDN’T KNOW WHO HE WAS MUCKING AROUND WITH TILL IT WAS TOO LATE!
Malay Mail Online
Hipster photog TTFGA crosses swords with Marina Mahathir on social media –
Ridduan, also known as TTFGA (Tukang Tangkap Foto Gembira Anda/Translation: Photographer who captures your happy shots) told Marina, who posted it under her @matanetra account that it was “so not ‘glamour’” of her to ask the question on who the subject of the photograph was, and what necklace she was wearing.
Marina chided the photographer after her questions were rebuffed and their exchange was deleted, posting “I see you have deleted my simple questions and your incredibly rude replies to me,” saying she did not deserve such rudeness.
She added that she will stop following Ridduan on his @ttfga account on the social media site.
The self-styled street fashion photographer apologised to her in his next post and explained that the subject of his photograph was former Media Prima fashion advisor Zaihani Zain.
Marina accepted his apology, but reiterated her decision to stop following his Instagram account.
Her @matanetra Instagram account has been taken down at the time of writing.
THE FATHER HAS HAD HIS SAY AND GOT A GENTLE REMINDER OF HIS FAILURE AS A FATHER AS MEASURED BY HIS OWN STANDARDS!
NOW THE DAUGHTER SPEAKS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING THE FATHER DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE!
12:14PM May 21, 2014
Marina: Dyana is three-up on most politicians
Social activist Marina Mahathir has commended Teluk Intan DAP by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, saying she is a smart girl who can think.
“She can articulate. She can write. That’s three up over most politicians already,” she said in a Facebook posting.
Marina was commenting on Dyana’s response in an article to a comment made by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim, who had taken the Teluk Intan by-election DAP candidate’s to task over criticism on her alma mater and asking her why she did not criticise Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Commenting further on Facebook in reply to her followers, Marina said very few top politicians write their own speeches let alone articles.
“In any case, why are people against her because she is young?” she asked.
Marina, further laughed off suggestions of her joining a political party unlike her father who was Umno president and prime minister for 22 years.
In her posting she said apparently someone said she’d joined DAP.
“All I can say is….. hahaha hahaha!! Funniest thing I’ve heard in ages,” she said.
JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.
Below are excerpts from his article:
Mahathir at the heart of Malaysian malaise
In her recent interview in Singapore, Marina Mahathir talked candidly about what she considers has gone wrong in Malaysia: the education system, censorship, money politics and the resort to sex in the political scene.I am certain her views as such echo Malaysian public sentiments, but in choosing to downplay her father’s influence in her position today, I cannot help regretting that she is still not facing up to the realities.
Extensive scholarly research has confirmed it was Mahathir’s long and authoritarian rule that bred cronyism, corruption, the suffocation of dissent and the malfunctioning of the judicial and political institution
Of course she should not be held responsible for Mahathir’s reign of terror, but she must also remember she is who she is today largely due to her father’s powerful presence in the country.
Put differently: why were Perkasa and Umno ultra quick to pick on the Bersih committee members and other opposition leaders but were timid to go against her? Would her fate have been vastly different if her father was not Mahathir Mohamad but Muthu, Ah Beng, Ali or David?
Or one may also ask if her siblings Mukhriz (left), Mokhzani and Mirzan would have been super rich if they did not carry the name Mahathir.
Who, as education minister, effectively killed off an initially vibrant campus and student politics? Who saw it convenient to play up the nationalistic card and latter lamented (and continues to lament) the appalling standard of English among Malaysians? How many leaders in the world have ever demonstrated a rare show of audacity by sacking three Supreme Court judges and suspending five others in one go?
And, most crucially, who set off the biggest political crisis in Malaysia by mercilessly persecuting Anwar Ibrahim by way of unfounded sex scandals, creating a climate of fear on the part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and turning the country into an international laughing stock?
My opinion is simply that she cannot go on criticizing all that has gone awry under both Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (left, in photo) and Najib Abdul Razak (right in photo), without also taking a deep look at what preceded them.
Knowing that she will keep quiet, I can only hope that she harbours no political ambitions, or her father’s long and dark shadow might haunt her as is the case of Park in South Korea.
After all, it is not easy being a daughter of a strongman, especially one who has nearly destroyed all the public institutions in the country in the name of race, religion, nationalism and development.
Daughter of a strongman
Marina Mahathir, time to face reality
INTERVIEW Born in 1957, Marina Mahathir, the eldest daughter of Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, found her niche and voice in writing on socio-political issues, and has been doing so for the last 20 years.
Deliberately intent in steering change within Malaysia, Marina is famous for endorsing issues her father vehemently opposed.
Her recent book ‘Telling it Straight’, a compilation of Marina’s writing since 2004, charts both the consistencies and changes in her views over the last eight years.
A brief summary of some of her views:
1 On education, a subject close to her heart, Marina proclaims it has not improved with time and in fact, has deteriorated.
Indeed if Malaysia is to ever achieve greatness, Marina believes that the first thing to do has to be a reformation of our education system.
2 She is most passionate about gender inequality, censorship and injustice.
3 Malaysian politics is an unbelievably sexist field. How else can we explain a situation where a majority of members of political parties are female yet there are so few women in power?
Why do you think male politicians of every stripe get away with saying the most disgusting, derogatory things about women, especially their female colleagues on the other side of the House?
4 Her ideal Malaysia is one where our children can breathe. Both physically because our environment has become so choked with pollutants and metaphysically, meaning that they feel free to do what they want and achieve their fullest potential.
Marina Mahathir’s cacophony of truths
Free Malaysia Today
Marina dan Ambiga ‘bertambat bulu’
Jika Marina memilih untuk mencari kebenaran maka tindakan beliau sekarang amatlah benar dan betul.
Dalam politik anak dan bapa juga ada yang tidak sehaluan. Dalam interview Dr Mahathir dengan Mob TV, beliau telah menegur anaknya
www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2012/06/30/… – Cached
Friday, 29 June 2012 17:21
SHOCKING parenting by Dr M: Tells Marina to behave herself and be sensitive to Mukhriz
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Fresh from publicly endorsing his son Mukhriz for the Kedah chief minister’s seat, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad next trained his sights on his daughter – Marina.
Urging the sometimes outspoken Marina to be ‘sensitive’ of how her often liberal behavior could affect her brother’s political chances, the 86-year-old Mahathir revealed for the first time his parenting skills to the nation.
And it is clear, as far as the Mahathir family goes, politics come first.
“I do hope she will realise what she is doing is not good for herself, not good for the government party at least. She should also be sensitive about her brother who is contesting in the election,” Mahathir said during an interview with online television station The Malaysian Observer (MobTV).
He had been asked to comment on Marina, an AIDS/HIV activist and open supporter of the Bersih rallies for clean elections – two issues that Mahathir is openly and vehemently against but which Marina apparently endorses.
“…but nowadays you cannot tell your children ‘please stop this, please stop that’; they have a mind of their own.”
Be careful of your actions, Dr M warns daughter
KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed has cautioned his daughter to be wary of her outspokenness as well as support for groups like Bersih and sexuality rights movements, saying these may affect her family members who are still active in politics.
The forthright Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir has disagreed with her father on occasion, most notably her consistent support for the electoral reforms group. She had participated in the last two Bersih rallies in the city capital.
“I do hope she will realise what she is doing is not good for herself, not good for the government party at least. She should also be sensitive about her brother who is contesting in the election,” Dr Mahathir said, referring to his son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who is currently international trade and industry deputy minister.
The former prime minister said this in an interview with online television station The Malaysian Observer (MobTV).
“She doesn’t care about what people think. I care about what people think… if not, I won’t get anywhere.
Marina speaks up for her father.
At least, she is filial…
My father’s daughter
Posted on 15 June 2012 – 03:32pm
THE world knows him as the former prime minister of Malaysia but to Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the man she calls dad.
But like any child growing up with strong opinions, Marina’s obvious support for the Bersih street demonstrations last year and this year had set some tongues wagging that it had caused a serious rift between father and daughter.
Marina, however, denies this. “I took part in Bersih because I believe in fair and clean elections. I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong.
“I’ve stated my opinions and my dad has stated his opinions. Our opinions happen to be different.
“But both my father and I believe that it’s okay to have different opinions.”
She feels that some people are making a big deal out of their differences in their opinions.
“They want me to say that my dad’s opinion is wrong. I’m not going to do that. He is my father. Would you do that to your father?
“I respect his opinions the way he respects mine.
Dr Mahathir condemns all who went on Bersih 3.0 but his own daughter, Marina, went on Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0!
The attacks on Ambiga are not new. At Bersih 2.0, she was also personally insulted. Indeed, calls to take away her citizenship were made.
One difference is that they have gone to her house. Another is that they follow her to places where she is due to speak.
Here is Marina Mahathir speaking up on behalf of Ambiga after Bersih 2.0
Marina Mahathir: Attacks on Ambiga in bad taste
Malaysiakini – Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Social activist Marina Mahathir today took a swipe at Bersih 2.0 chief S Ambiga’s detractors, saying that personal attacks against the latter only show their immaturity.
Marina ( right ), the daughter of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said the many attacks against Ambiga were shocking as it appeared as if Bersih 2.0’s opponents are incapable of holding a proper debate.
“I am very concerned and upset over the personal attacks on Ambiga. It speaks of those who are against Bersih, (and) how shallow their arguments (are).
“This reflects badly on how they’re brought up,” she said at a press conference today.
my.news.yahoo.com/marina–mahathir-attacks-ambiga-bad… – Cached
|1:05PM May 27, 2012|
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has put his own daughter in a bad light by calling the Bersih 3.0 as “a warm-up” for Pakatan Rakyat to reject the result of the upcoming general election, said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
“Is Mahathir telling the world that his daughter Marina is naive to be a pawn of Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat to topple the Najib government by violence?
So is Marina a pawn of Bersih 3.0, asks Kit Siang – Malaysiakini
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has put his own daughter in a bad light by calling the Bersih 3.0 as “a warm-up” for Pakatan Rakyat to reject the result …www.malaysiakini.com/news/199165
Is Mahathir telling the world that his daughter Marina is …
… world that his daughter Marina is naïve to be a pawn of Bersih 3.0 … point of argument) bring Marina into picture & by so … Kit Siang Online
Saturday, July 16, 2011
My Bersih 2.0 Experience — Marina Mahathir
Sunday, July 10, 2011
So I went.
I have to say that the night before I had many many misgivings, especially after reading about the army doing exercises with the FRU. Could the government seriously be contemplating shooting their own people? Who knows? My stomach was in knots thinking about the many young people I knew who were intent on going, including my daughter. Would I be able to forgive myself if something happened to them?
This report is in relation to Bersih 2.0
Marina Mahathir: Putrajaya’s image affected by bad handling of Bersih
KUALA LUMPUR, July 11— The government’s poor handling of the Bersih rally has given it a bad image internationally, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir said yesterday.
Marina, eldest daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, said that unlike the government, “the world” did not have a bad impression of Malaysians who took part in the rally because they were standing up for their rights and for a cause — demanding free and fair elections.
“There are also some people claiming that the world now has a bad impression of Malaysia because the foreign media (and the local media for that matter) reported only about the tear-gassing and water-cannoning,” Marina said in a blog post yesterday. “I think people are confusing the government with the people.
“Yes, the world now has a bad impression of the Malaysian government because it has handled this whole issue so badly. They don’t have the same impression of the Malaysians who stood up for their rights and their cause.”
Mahathir differs with Marina on Bersih crackdown
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he “doesn’t often agree” with his daughter when asked today about Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir’s recent condemnation of the government’s crackdown on the Bersih rally. Marina had on July 4 blasted the authorities’ move to arrest rally supporters for wearing Bersih T-shirts, saying that the arres