8 November 2018
When old is gold…
Poh Kong lancar ‘Gold Note Of Hope’ untuk hargai Mahathir
Model Felicia Lee Sim Leen menunjukkan koleksi Not Emas Harapan keluaran Poh Kong yang dilancarkan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad di Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana hari ini. – Foto Bernama
PUTRAJAYA – Poh Kong Jewellers Sdn Bhd, rangkaian runcit barang kemas terbesar di Malaysia, hari ini melancarkan token patriotisme ‘Gold Note of Hope’ sebagai penghargaan kepada pemimpin terulung negara Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Berharga pada RM160 sekeping, Gold Note of Hope dijangka menjadi item koleksi khas tempatan yang menandakan saat penting bagi Malaysia.
Token itu dijual di semua outlet Poh Kong bermula hari ini.
Dr Mahathir melancarkan token itu di Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana di sini hari ini.
Kepingan emas 999.9 itu menampilkan potret bertandatangan Dr Mahathir, Jalur Gemilang serta beberapa infrastruktur ikon negara dan bunga kebangsaan bunga raya.
Sementara itu, Pengerusi Eksekutif Poh Kong dan Pengarah Urusan kumpulan Choon Yee Seiong berkata sebanyak RM30 daripada setiap pembelian token tersebut akan disumbangkan kepada Tabung Harapan.
“Poh Kong komited untuk menyumbang sekurang-kurangnya RM1 juta menjelang penghujung tahun ini,” katanya.
Sementara itu dalam ucapannya, Dr Mahathir yang memuji inisiatif Poh Kong untuk menyumbang sebahagian perolehan kepada Tabung Harapan, berharap inisiatif berkenaan akan dicontohi syarikat lain untuk turut tampil dan menyumbang kepada negara. –Bernama
4 May 2018
PLEASE share, or print-and-share with saudara-mara whom you know are sympathetic to UMNO for whatever reasons. Surat Terbuka un Dr. Mahathir kepada Ahli UMNO Seluruh Malaysia
3 May 2018
30 April 2018
They created Fake News of what Dr Mahathir said but were exposed…
So KJ shared a ‘fake news’ that Dr M planned to abolish Grab if PH were to come to power.
@SinarOnline @NST_Online @staronline have all since then deleted the news. So do all now see the absurdity of the Anti-Fake News Act coz technically KJ can be changed.
Amirul Ruslan Retweeted Eric Paulsen
Disgraceful. Media outlets have forgotten the basic integrity. Admit your errors and accept responsibility! Especially now in a Malaysia where this is a legal offense.
Statement on CAAM When this happened to me and my plane tampered with, to me it is a very serious matter. I belief that the plane was deliberately tampered with to stop me from going to Langkawi.
29 April 2018
Dr M insists jet sabotaged, claims friend was ‘warned’
GE14 | Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohmad has defended his claim that a private jet which he had rented to fly to Langkawi on Friday was sabotaged.
Speaking at a ceramah on the island last night, the former premier said even the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) admitted there was “serious damage” to the jet’s front wheel.
“The CAAM said they viewed my allegation seriously. I am not accusing CAAM but I just want to state that CAAM has acknowledged the incident.
“CAAM knew that the jet was unable to fly. Whether it was due to sabotage or not, that cannot be determined by CAAM before an investigation.
“But I view that it (damage) was done deliberately with an intention to prevent me from contesting as a candidate in Langkawi,” he told the audience.
In a statement yesterday, CAAM denied Mahathir’s allegation of “sabotage” and attributed its failure to fly to “technical issues“.
“The aircraft was unable to fly only due to a minor and routine technical fault, namely air leakage from the left-hand nose wheel,” said CAAM chairperson Azharuddin A Rahman.
Azharuddin also said Mahathir’s allegation could harm the reputation of Malaysia’s aviation industry.
Speaking to an audience of about 600 people, Mahathir said he did not discount the possibility that other parties could have been prior informed about the incident.
The former premier claimed he had contacted three friends to borrow their private jets but one of them told him that he was warned against it.
“It appears there was a party who knew about the damage to my plane and ensured I cannot borrow other planes so I cannot fly to Langkawi and file my nomination papers,” he added.
13 April 2018
Most Admired Men in Malaysia: Mahathir is 1st and Najib is 14th.
Most Admired Women in Malaysia: Siti Hasmah is 2nd and Rosmah Mansor is 20th.
Survey: Mahathir tops most admired men in M’sia list
Pakatan Harapan prime minister candidate Dr Mahathir Mohamad has topped the list of most admired men in Malaysia in a 2018 online survey.
The survey, which was conducted by UK-based market research and data analytics firm YouGov, saw Mahathir garnering a 15 percent admiration score in Malaysia.
Second on the list was tech giant Bill Gates who trailed far behind with an 8.30 percent admiration score.
Meanwhile, caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak came in at 14th place, with a 2.50 percent admiration score.
On the list of most admired women in Malaysia, singer Siti Nurhaliza was first with a 14.10 percent admiration score while Mahathir’s wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, took the second spot with 10.10 percent.
Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, was 20th on the list of most admired women in Malaysia, tying with Indian actress Deepika Padukone at 1.00 percent.
The list, which is divided into men and women, is a mix of local and international personalities.
23 March 2018
He who laughs last, laughs best!
They held a discussion on whether Mahathir was too old to be Prime Minister again and in walked the subject of their discussion. He sat right down in front of them in a front seat.
1mil views for ‘face looks like he downed mothballs when Dr M arrives’ clip
A clip featuring political analyst Kamarul Zaman Yussof’s reaction before and after Dr Mahathir Mohamad gatecrashed the Sinar Harian forum in Shah Alam yesterday has garnered more than one million views.
The video showed how the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) professor, who initially appeared to be confident and vociferous in his criticism of the former premier, purportedly squirming in his seat when Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived and sat in the front row.
Kamarul Zaman was one of three panellists discussing if Mahathir, 93, is too old to be prime minister again.
In a Facebook posting this morning, the analyst denied that he felt intimidated by Mahathir’s presence.
The clip was posted on the Kelab Che Det Facebook page with the caption, “Tengok muka prof ni bila Dr M datang macam kena telan ubat gegat. Kah kah kah. Sebelum tu bukan main lagi kutuk Dr M kan…. (The professor’s face looks like he had swallowed moth balls when Dr M arrived. Prior to that, he did not hold back on his criticism of Dr M).”
The clip started with Kamarul stressing on mental health as an important factor for a prime minister candidate, arguing that cognitive abilities, including conceptual reasoning, memory as well as processing speed, decline with age.
He then proceeded to cite several examples with regard to Mahathir’s statements, which he claimed showed how the nonagenarian’s cognitive abilities had eroded.
When Mahathir arrived, the clip featured a caption at the bottom which pointed out that Kamarul remained seated while the rest stood up and asked if he was “terkejut (shocked)”.
The moderator then told Kamarul Zaman that he could interact directly with Mahathir and the latter could respond.
At this juncture, the professor, who appeared to be fidgeting in his seat, laughed and replied, “I am okay.” He then appeared to be at a loss for words, and a subsequent caption read, “Why the stuttering. Hahaha.”
I did not wet myself when Dr M turned up, analyst chides critics
GE14 | Political analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusoff has hit back at those who claimed he was intimidated by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who made an unexpected appearance at a forum in Shah Alam, where he was one of the panellists discussing if the former premier is too old to be the head of government again.
Kamarul Zaman claimed that it was Mahathir who should have been braver.
“There are widespread allegations on social media accompanied by photos which portrayed me as being meek by his side, as though I had peed myself in fear as soon as Mahathir arrived at the forum. This is untrue.
“Mahathir’s attempt to show his courage by challenging me to criticise him to his face on social media is amusing, because if he was really brave he should have answered Sinar Harian‘s invitation to be part of the forum from its onset as a panellist, not appear halfway…
“I had hoped for a question from the audience that would have allowed me to criticise Mahathir to his face; unfortunately, the opportunity for the audience to speak was closed in a manner that I was told was unfair,” he added in a Facebook posting this morning.
Ada forum bertajuk, “Adakah Tun M terlalu Tua untuk jadi PM?” Saya hadir. I’m here guys. Say it to my face.
‘Say it to my face’ – Dr M gatecrashes ‘too old to be PM’ forum
GE14 | Dr Mahathir Mohamad gatecrashed a forum assessing whether he is too old to be prime minister at the age of 93.
The former prime minister received a standing ovation when he arrived midway into the Sinar Harian forum at the Karangkraf Complex in Shah Alam.
He was given a front row seat and an opportunity to address concerns about his physical and psychological health.
On Twitter, Mahathir wrote “There is a forum on whether Tun M is too old to be PM. I am present. I am here guys. Say it to my face.”
Before Mahathir arrived, panel member and political analyst Kamarul Zaman Yusoff had listed many reasons why the Pakatan Harapan chairperson was unfit to be PM again.
However, he seemed to soften his stance after Mahathir’s arrival.
“I just want to ask a simple question, Tun (Mahathir). You said in a 2016 speech that you did not want to be PM of the Opposition won in GE14. What made Tun suddenly change your mind?” he asked the former prime minister.
To which Mahathir replied that he had made the decision after Harapan component parties pushed him to it.
‘Not senile yet’
Addressing the crowd, Mahathir explained that he had always maintained an active and disciplined life, staying away from overeating or being sedentary.
“My age has had an effect, but if your lifestyle is good and you are lucky not to have any serious illnesses (then you are okay).
“It is wrong to assume because you are 93 years old, then you can’t run to be PM. I still can.
“In fact, many people can still think (well) even when they are 100 years old.
“As far as my health is concerned, saya belum nyanyuk lagi (I am not senile yet),” he said.
In response questions on his willingness to helm the country again, the Pakatan Harapan chairperson reiterated how he had been “forced” to run for PM because he was seen as best poised to lead the charge against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“We all agreed (that we need to topple Najib) and since I have more experience in the administration as a former PM… they felt that I should lead,” he explained.
Mahathir was accompanied to the forum today by his wife of six decades, Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, who dismissed concerns about her husband’s health and offered her full support for her husband’s efforts.
I wish i was there….RT Please.
Dr Mahathir, a politician with scrotal gumption
LOVE him or loathe him, you have to hand it to Dr Mahathir Mohamad – he is not afraid of facing his critics.
Just today, as pundits and his critics discussed and debated his age and fitness to be prime minister again at 93, the former prime minister calmly walked in and sat in the front row.
The organisers were surprised. Sure, they did invite him but no confirmation came through that he would turn up to listen to the panellists made up of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) academic Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, psychologist Dr Mat Saat Mohd Baki and fitness coach Kevin Zahri Abdul Ghaffar.
Even his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, came for the forum and sat next to him while listening to the surprised panellists.
“It is wrong to assume that just because you are 93 years old, you can’t do the job,” Dr Mahathir told the panellists today.
“Many people who live up to 100 can still think and use their brains,” he added. – March 22, 2018.
Look at their faces!! HAHAHAHAHA! Siapa yang malu? Mereka dan keluarga mereka.
Aduh apalah nasib aku baru kutuk org tua 93 tahun ni datang jelma sebelah aku pulak. Lepas ni aku kena rendam air bunga cempaka buang malu aku ni.
Tengok muka Dr. Kamaruzzaman tu, kena jeling dgn TunM. He looks as if he is holding all his shit in with unease. Kahhh!
23 February 2018
‘Teh tarik’ with Dr M too bitter for Umno man
Citing safety issues, an Umno man has lodged a police report against a Malacca event on Sunday featuring Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Tampoi Umno branch secretary Zamani Dirin lodged the report at the Tanjung Minyak police station yesterday against the event dubbed ‘A Teh Tarik Session with Dr Mahathir’.
The event, scheduled for 4.30 pm this Sunday, is to be held at the compound of a private house at Kampung Tampoi which is part of the Tangga Batu constituency in Malacca.
“I was at home when I received flyers from Pakatan Harapan entitled ‘Teh Tarik session with Mahathir on Feb 25 Sunday, at 4.30pm at 921-1 Batu 7 1/2 Kampung Tampoi, Malacca’.
“As a Umno branch secretary, I went to the location and found that there was no need for the programme,” Zamani said in his police report which was sighted by Malaysiakini today.
He cited three reasons for lodging the police report. First, he questioned whether the organiser of the programme had obtained permission from the police.
Secondly, he claimed that the location of the event was unsuitable as it was near the main road of Kampung Tampoi as well as a traffic light.
“It is a busy area and it should not disturb others using the road,” he told Malaysiakini after confirming that he had lodged the police report.
hirdly, he said that it was not yet election season yet so there was no need to be campaigning.
In response, Malacca Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy chief Rafiq Naizamohideen…..said they had already informed the police about Sunday’s event.
“We want to express our confusion as to why a police report was lodged yesterday (against our event),” he said in a press conference at the Bersatu Tangga Batu and Paya Rumput operations room today.
The press conference was broadcast live on Facebook.
The teh tarik session is a precursor to a Pakatan Harapan roadshow to be held on that same night at Alor Gajah which will be attended by Mahathir, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
3 February 2018
Pity for ‘old’ Dr M, wife over pasar malam visit, says Ku Nan
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor felt pity for ‘old’ Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali over their recent visit to a pasar malam in Putrajaya.
“I pity him when he visited the pasar malam, he’s an old man. We saw (that) especially Siti Hasmah who can’t even walk, she needs people to hold her.
“Why was he doing that? Why was he visiting the pasar malam? We don’t know.”
“I don’t understand why they are doing (these) sorts of things. Was he trying to get some pity?” he said after attending the 1Federal Territories Luncheon in Titiwangsa.
On Jan 30, Pakatan Harapan chairperson Mahathir shared on social media his experience during the pasar malam visit.
Both he and Siti Hasmah appeared to be welcomed and greeted warmly by both the business community and the customers there.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/410968#0pdjfDZSOCW2k6pE.99
Huda Salleh Retweeted malaysiakini.com
TunM and TunHasmah have always loved going to the pasar malam & we applaud this humble attitude of theirs. We all are pasar malam lovers. Its a Malaysian thingy. What is wrong w that KuNan? A woman her age is allowed to kena pimpin. I pimpin my mom. I pray ada nak pimpin u later.
Sekitar walkabout di Pasar Malam Presint 2, Putrajaya petang tadi #TawanPutrajaya
30 December 2017
Saya seperti manusia lain, tidak mungkin sunyi daripada berkata dan melaku kesalahan. Bukan sahaja hari ini tetapi juga selama saya berkecimpung dalam politik negara. Saya pohon maaf terhadap apa juga kesalahan saya selama ini. Saya manusia yang tidak bebas dari buat kesilapan
I’m sorry for past wrongs, says Dr Mahathir
IN a rare and significant event today, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has apologised for his past misdeeds.
“I, like other human beings, am not alone from saying and doing wrong. Not just today but for all the time that I have been involved in politics,” said the 93-year-old.
“I apologise for all the wrongs that I have done,” said Dr Mahathir in the final part of his policy speech as Bersatu chairman at the party’s inaugural annual general meeting in Shah Alam.
Kubang Pasu comeback on the cards for Dr M
Bersatu’s strategists are considering its party president Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s former constituency of Kubang Pasu as a possible place where the former premier could make a comeback as a parliamentarian.
Mahathir said he had been told that Kubang Pasu is where he stands a good chance of winning the upcoming general election, along with Langkawi and Putrajaya.
He said this when asked at press conference in Shah Alam today whether he would contest in the election, since his party is lobbying to place him as interim prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the election.
He replied, “Yes. It’s a very major question. I may contest in three different constituencies.
“They are telling me that I have a good chance of winning in Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, and Putrajaya. So be ready for that,” he said.
Mahathir was Kubang Pasu MP since the constituency was created in 1974, and served until 2004. He was also Kota Star Selatan MP from 1964 to 1969, but the constituency had been dissolved in the 1974 redelineation exercise.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/407069#AEc7s3aYjRq8uFQf.99
The New 3M’s: Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin
Many believe that Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin will split the Malay voters who have traditionally been UMNO’s vote bank.
Of these three, Mahathir is considered the most dangerous.
Hence, the vitriolic personal attacks.
28 December 2017
PKR sets 3 conditions to make Dr Mahathir interim prime minister
PKR has set three conditions that must be met for it to consent to making Dr Mahathir Mohamad the opposition pact’s interim prime minister ahead of the 14th general election.
According to a party insider who attended the party’s political bureau meeting on December 19, the first condition is that de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim is immediately released from jail and installed as the prime minister within a year of the opposition coming into power.
“The second condition is that PKR be allocated the most federal seats to contest in GE14. PKR wants around 60 seats in Peninsular Malaysia.
“The third condition is for Dr Mahathir to agree to reform key institutions in the country,” said the source.
Another party source familiar with last week’s PKR meeting said the three conditions would be put to Dr Mahathir, who would have to sign a contract if he agreed.
“We want Dr Mahathir to promise that he will only be a temporary prime minister and that he will hand the office over to Anwar when the time is right.
“PKR wants the most seats because it fears that many Umno leaders will flock to join Bersatu after GE14, making it the strongest party in PH,” said the source.
17 November 2017
Mahathir didn’t need hospital visit for Chinese support
Lawyer-activist Art Harun says during Mahathir’s tenure, MCA was strong and there was no need to visit Chinese hospitals or schools to get Chinese support.
PETALING JAYA: Lawyer-activist Azhar Harun today slammed Prime Minister Najib Razak over his remark that he was the first leader to visit Tung Shin Hospital as a previous leader never did during his 22 years governing the country.
Azhar, better known as Art, explained in a Facebook posting why former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not have to do so, when the general election was around the corner, to gain support from the Chinese.
Art noted that during Mahathir’s tenure, the MCA was strong and the Chinese were a happy lot.
“When Umno was weak or weakened, MCA delivered a very strong performance and it effectively propped up Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
“Umno, at that time treated MCA like a real partner. It treated MCA with respect.
“Umno never romanced with PAS or made provocative statements like ‘we will win without the Chinese’ or ‘MCA is weak and we don’t need it’,” he said today.
Art was commenting on Najib’s remark that Mahathir had never visited the Tung Shin Hospital, as well as the maternity hospital, in his 22 years as prime minister.
Najib had reportedly said he had been made to understand that he was the first prime minister to visit the two hospitals.
Art further stated that Mahathir had never been offended with the Chinese and did not say that the election results were not good because of a “Chinese tsunami”, and, on top of that, had not asked “apa lagi Cina mau?” (What else do the Chinese want?).
“He had also never subcontracted bigotry and racial hatred to some groups of people with nice t-shirts or websites that keep on harping that Chinese want to take over Malaysia and ‘habis la orang Melayu dan Islam kalau Cina perintah Malaysia’ (Malays and Muslims are doomed if the Chinese rule Malaysia),” he said, adding that Umno then had never danced to PAS’ tune or talk about imposing hudud.
6 November 2017
Najib feels the heat, Mahathir applies the pressure
COMMENT | Dr Mahathir Mohamad dismantled our institutions, took away the independence of our judiciary and the police, emasculated the civil service, downplayed the importance of English, mooted the suggestion that Malaysia was an Islamic state, used the ISA against his critics and much more.
Therefore, would you allow Mahathir to spearhead the opposition charge against Najib Abdul Razak?
One political analyst said, “This is just a variation of “It takes a thief to catch a thief”. So, it will take a dictator to know another tyrant.
“The real reason Najib is afraid is because Mahathir is a better political tactician and strategist than he.
“Mahathir was the leader for 22 years. He knows the tricks of the trade, what levers to pull, how to communicate with the rural people, how to wield the stick, how to reward civil servants and cronies.
“Najib simply perfected some of Mahathir’s techniques.
“Now that they are on opposite sides, Najib wants to punish Mahathir by applying pressure, on Mahathir’s inner circle and his children, and dismantling Mahathir’s legacy, like Proton.
“The problems in Proton did not develop overnight. When Mahathir was PM, Najib and his cabinet were waxing lyrical about Proton. Now, Najib is behaving like a jilted girlfriend, because of their political differences.”
Another political cynic said, “Mahathir may have been our first dictator, but Najib is just a poor copy.
“Mahathir’s ideas were original, whereas Najib is like the kid sitting next to you, who copies your answers in an exam, and makes a hash of it.
When the PM spends much of his time defending his actions, slagging-off the opposition, launching a tirade against his former boss and trying to justify his actions, there is only one conclusion. Najib is afraid.
To be crude, and to use language that most Malays, would consider being from the gutter, is not becoming of a leader.
Second. At a dinner last week, Najib spent a third of his speech, criticising Mahathir. The event was organised by the United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM) and the keynote address was called “Governance in a Developing Democracy”.
Najib denied that his government had sold off the sovereignty of Malaysia to foreigners. Well, hasn’t he?
You may despise Mahathir, and be unable to forgive him, but please do not ignore the fact that Malaysia is haemorrhaging assets.
I am a fierce critic of Mahathir, and disagree with much of what he did; but right now, I would be interested in your Plan B if you are not prepared to use Mahathir’s tactical skills to overthrow Najib in GE 14.
So, will you allow Najib and Umno-Baru to win hands down, again?
MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). Blog, Twitter.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/400888#vS4LQfpw07OoDjbH.99
3 November 2017
Let’s have ‘Nothing to Hide 3’, Mahathir dares Najib
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again challenged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to face him in a public debate.
In a blog post this evening, the former premier reproduced excerpts of a Malaysiakini article which quoted Najib launching a veiled broadside against Mahathir. The latter provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the prime minister’s remarks.
In the article, Najib, without naming Mahathir, had said that a particular leader was making himself available to any media organisation that was willing to listen so that he could spread fake news and tell lies about his country for selfish political gains.
To this, Mahathir demanded for Najib to prove that his statements were falsehoods and noted how the local media organisations were controlled by the government.
“The print and electronic media in Malaysia are controlled by the government. Even Parliament cannot discuss 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s accounts. The Umno general assembly was instructed to be silent on these.
“Am I supposed to censor myself when asked by foreigners. I have been talking to foreigners throughout my life. Prove that what I say is fake. Let’s have ‘Nothing to Hide 3’,” he said.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/400674#pko5cPJMJZabSRcq.99
31 October 2017
Najib launches into lengthy broadside against Dr M at dinner event
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, in what is possibly one of his lengthiest broadsides against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, dedicated almost one-third of his speech, chastising the former leader at a dinner event.
A total of 13 paragraphs of his 47-paragraph speech was dedicated to criticising Mahathir, whom he refused to call by name but merely addressed as “former leader”.
Najib delivered the keynote address, titled “Governance in a Developing Democracy”, at a dinner organised by the United Nations Association Malaysia (Unam) in Kuala Lumpur tonight.
The prime minister in his speech lamented what he termed to be the “epidemic of fake news”.
“From time to time, some Western media outlets have been featuring interviews with one of our former leaders and presenting his allegations about the country as facts.
“They are not. This former leader has been on a nearly three-year mission to illegitimately topple the democratically elected government of Malaysia in between election cycles.”
This former leader, Najib added, has tried “every method at his disposal and failed each time”.
As a result, Najib said, the leader was making himself available to any media organisation that was willing to listen so that he could “spread fake news and tell lies about his country for selfish political gains”.
“He seems to think that if he tells a lie often enough, people will begin to believe it is true. And unfortunately, that may be the case as no one would expect a former leader to tell outright untruths.”
October 4, 2017
GE14: Maybe I’ll stand in Putrajaya, says Mahathir
PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has not ruled out the possibility of contesting in Putrajaya, the nation’s administrative capital which was built during his tenure as prime minister, in the coming general election (GE14).
“Yes, maybe I will stand in Putrajaya,” the PPBM chairman said when met at the party’s headquarters here this evening.
Last year, Amanah suggested that the former prime minister stand in Putrajaya.
Putrajaya Amanah member Mohd Radzi Abu Bakar said then that Mahathir was a more suitable candidate than Husam Musa, who had contested for the seat as the PAS candidate in GE13.
“Tun Mahathir is generally known as the ‘master planner and architect’ who succeeded in developing Putrajaya into a landmark of success in terms of Malaysia’s development,” Mohd Radzi said.
28 September 2017
Mahathir is in Kuching, Sarawak and someone is in such a panic that he flies Sarawakian chieftains to KL. Any which way he can.
Sarawak PKR has criticised how local chieftains were supposedly flown on military aircraft to the federal capital to meet Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Commenting on several images of the flight that have been circulating online, Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said he was “shocked” at the mode of transport used.
“I really kesian (pity) the penghulus (village chiefs) that they had to be transported like this, army planes take a few hours to arrive in Kuala Lumpur and the seats are uncomfortable.
“If it is true that military planes were used, this is an abuse of power.
“You can’t use military machinery for your political interest…it is a political act used to influence these village chiefs to vote for BN, and they themselves are being used to ensure the (Sarawakian) people vote for BN,” he claimed when contacted today.
Efforts are being made to contact the prime minister and his aide.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/396622#s24iGHulPvutrV2U.99
24 September 2017
Turnout of about 8,000 people on Sunday night despite a heavy downpour in Kuching. It’s Dr Mahathir’s first appearance as opposition leader.
Photos shared on Whatsapp
RT imnormgoh: Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir chedetofficial arrives in Kuching for tonight’s launch of Saraw…
16 September 2017
A Doctor in your WhatsApp
DON’T be surprised if you see Dr Mahathir Mohamad popping up in your WhatsApp or other social media apps, as campaigning is set to hit new heights in the 14th general election.
Several two-second .gif clips of the former prime minister began emerging on social media yesterday.
A source from Dr Mahathir’s party, Bersatu, said the clips, featuring the former prime minister with 10 different facial expressions, are meant to endear the Pakatan Harapan chairman with voters.
If Mahathir runs in Langkawi, it may be against Nawawi Ahmad, the incumbent.
Nawawi Ahmad has just declared Najib innocent of DOJ charges against 1MDB.
Najib’s US trip proves he is innocent of DoJ charges, says Umno MP
PRIME Minister Najib Razak’s successful visit to the White House is proof he is not guilty of any of the charges levelled by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) investigating the 1Malaysia Development Bhd financial scandal, an Umno lawmaker said yesterday night.
Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad said if Najib had been guilty of alleged corruption, he would have been arrested during his just concluded working visit to Washington, DC.
“He wasn’t arrested. So it appears that the prime minister is not involved in the DoJ’s investigations and in the 1MDB scandal,” said Nawawi, who was part of a welcoming party for the prime minister landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Nawawi Ahmad is, of course, one of the people who rejoiced at the death of Karpal Singh.
This is also the man who said, “My salary comes from the government, not the people.”
Dr M eyes Putrajaya, Langkawi seats if forced into GE14
EXCLUSIVE | Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been the driving force behind fledgling opposition group Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in its efforts to topple its predecessor, the ruling-Malay party Umno.
As the general election nears, party sources have revealed that Bersatu is keen on fielding Mahathir as a candidate to secure them more seats in Parliament.
Citing his old age, Mahathir claims to be reluctant to contest in the polls unless he is forced to by Pakatan Harapan.
But when quizzed on where he would be interested in contesting, the 92-year-old betrayed that he has been putting thought into the prospect of making a parliamentary comeback.
“Well, at the moment, of course, I am head of Langkawi branch of Bersatu, I think I can go there or I can go to Putrajaya. These two can,” Mahathir told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Both Langkawi and Putrajaya hold special significance for Mahathir.
He has been credited for turning Langkawi into a major tourist destination and is the mastermind behind the building of Putrajaya as the nation’s administrative capitals.
Both seats are currently held by BN.
In 2013 BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor won Putrajaya with a 5,541 vote majority, while Langkawi was won by Nawawi Ahmad with an 11,861 vote majority.
6 September 2017
Dr M: Must I apologise before I can take on Najib?
Dr Mahathir Mohamad helmed the nation for more than two decades, during which he accumulated a long list of critics, who accused him of corruption, abuse of power and ruling with an iron fist.
Some of his fiercest critics have embraced him after the former premier crossed over the political divide on the grounds of “saving the nation” from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
But others find it difficult to do so. There are also those who have asked if Mahathir was willing to apologise for his past deeds.
But others find it difficult to do so. There are also those who have asked if Mahathir was willing to apologise for his past deeds.
The Pakatan Harapan chairperson told the Malaysian Insight that there were more pertinent issues to deal with at present instead of dwelling on the past.
“We are now faced with a country which is on the verge of destruction because of an ‘individual’. So which is more important? Must I say sorry first, and only then I can fight Najib?
“Actually, this is a small matter. The main thing is to fight kleptocracy in Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
26 August 2017
Mahathir at Besut, Terengganu
“Umno will offer you RM500, a motorcycle or a car. We hope that you can resist this. If you cannot, just take the gifts, but you don’t necessarily have to vote for them.”
Silent protest in Umno strongholds could give opposition edge in Terengganu
A SILENT rebellion could be brewing in the Umno fortress of Besut in Terengganu that could give Pakatan Harapan (PH) the edge over Barisan Nasional and PAS in the next polls.
Despite the venue being on Umno territory, a crowd of more than 1,000 people turned up to hear Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other PH leaders speak in Kampung Raja, Besut.
They stayed till the end, huddled under tents as rain fell steadily through the night and the field on which they were gathered grew water-logged.
Besut resident Zulkifli Awang Su claimed both Umno and PAS held two separate events in different parts of Besut on the same night.
“It is likely because they do not want their people attending our event,” said Zulkifli, a former Umno branch member who left for Bersatu, the party headed by Dr Mahathir and a PH component.
Zulkifli said anti-BN sentiment was evident in private conversations among Besut folk, who were reluctant to air their feelings in public.
In Terengganu and especially in a rural constituency like Besut, the distribution of government aid, such as handouts and money to repair the home, is dependent upon the approval of the MP or assemblyman, he said.
Businessmen on the other hand, depend on contracts from government-linked companies or agencies as there is very little work in the private sector.
“So, many people are scared that if they voice their opinions, they will jeopardise their source of income or aid. So, many keep their mouths shut but they are aware of what is going on. After all, everyone has a smartphone and internet connection these days.”
Zulkifli said it was likely that disenchanted constituents would either vote for PH or not vote at all.
The hope is that when it comes till to mark their ballots, these silent protesters will choose PH over Umno or PAS.
Do they fear him so much that they might be trying to erase him from the history of the country?
Mahathir mana woi? Kah kah kah.
Rahman Abdul razak
sejarah kerap dimanipulasi.
24 August 2017
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 24 — The Education Ministry today dismissed an allegation that it has changed the facts of Malaysian history by not stating Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the fourth prime minister in a Form 3 book on civics education.
It said the book that had gone viral on social media was not a ministry publication.
Expressing regret over the allegation, it said in a statement that it had lodged a police report seeking action against the publisher and those responsible for circulating the false information on social media.
Wow they’re trying to delete Mahathir from the history
18 August 2017
Umno Youth’s ‘enemies of Malays’ – Dr M beats DAP, takes top spot
In another twist, Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears to have dislodged DAP from its pole position in Umno Youth’s list of enemies of the Malay race in Malaysia.
According to Berita Harian, Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun had declared the 92-year-old politician as the “main enemy (musuh utama)” of the race.
He said this is because the former premier and Umno president of more than two decades is working hard to ruin Umno.
Speaking at the Kota Bharu Umno division’s Youth meeting in Kelantan this morning, Khairul said Umno cannot make mistakes with regard to targeting its enemies in a political war.
“Today, in the context of war, we have to see who is our enemy. The enemy of the Malays, and working towards destroying this party (Umno) is none other than Tun Dr Mahathir.
“I am deliberately mentioning his name because I don’t want our (election) machinery to target wrongly because everything he (Mahathir) says is to destroy Umno,” he was quoted as saying.
Khairul claimed that Mahathir’s greed and ego had caused him to forget Umno’s struggle.
“Mahathir ruled for 22 years, Umno was forced to legitimise his actions in the past due to his capacity as Umno president and (on the basis) of loyalty.
“At one time, he was our president. We even allowed him to expel his deputy (Anwar Ibrahim).
“But look at what he is doing now. He wants to ruin Umno’s struggle, hurls all sorts of slander at (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib (Abdul Razak) to the point some believe these lies,” he said.
14 August 2017
Dr Mahathir undaunted, the roadshows must go on
HE smiled when shoes were thrown at him and flares were lit while he was on stage.
He was the picture of calm while chaos erupted around him, testifies a member of the audience at the Nothing to Hide Forum 2.0 in Shah Alam, yesterday.
Clearly, the 92-year-old Dr Mahathir Mohamad is unfazed. Nothing will make him retreat, not even yesterday’s ugly incident.
Instead he will hit the road again on Friday for the Save Malaysia, Save the People roadshow, or Jelajah Semarak, in Penang, a senior aide to the Pakatan Harapan chairman told The Malaysian Insight.
And he will tell the crowd what he has been saying for months: the Najib administration has to be brought down in the next polls.
5 August 2017
Umno rep warns against playing ‘strip poker’ with Dr M
Digging up dirt on Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a wise strategy, warned a Johor Umno leader.
Likening it to a game of strip poker, Kempas assemblyperson Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat said for each time someone uncovered something about Mahathir, the former premier would hit back with something worse.
“In a poker game, it is not wise to play with a person who has unlimited capital of the same currency…In 22 years at the helm of the country, one will definitely have gathered enough chips to play a lifetime of poker.
“For every hit the former (premier) receives from those who served under his administration, we will see a counterattack of equal proportions, if not bigger,” Tengku Putra Haron wrote on his blog today.
His comments come a week after Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s move to question Mahathir’s ethnicity last weekend.
5 August 2017
Zahid tells Dr Mahathir his time is past
THE attacks against Dr Mahathir Mohamad continued far into the night, with acting Umno deputy president Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi telling the former prime minister his era was over.
“Don’t bother with the problems posed by others out there,” Zahid told Umno Merbok at the division’s AGM in Sungai Petani, Kedah, yesterday night.
“The opposition will always be the opposition. More so, if the opposition party is one that originated from Umno.
“His era is over. Sit down, keep quiet and meditate more,” the deputy prime minister said in a veiled reference to Dr Mahathir, to muted applause.
Zahid said patience had its limits.
“If he (Dr Mahathir) continues to criticise us, the PM and the party, we have to fight back. We have patience. But if he pushes us against the wall, we have to turn around and fight back.
4 August 2017
Dr Mahathir panned on social media for promise of judicial reforms
SOCIAL media users on Facebook criticised former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for promising to restore democracy and rule of law should Pakatan Harapan (PH) win the 14th general election.
In an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insight published this morning, Dr Mahathir, who is now chairman of the opposition coalition, said they will restore the independence of the judiciary and institute reforms to provide more check and balance on the three branches of government.
This, however, did not go down well with several Facebook users including Zulhilmi Zoul, who called it the “joke of the year”.
“Orang yang menghancurkan badan kehakiman masa krisis 1988 nak janji kukuhkan badan kehakiman,” he wrote in the comments section. (The person who destroyed the judiciary during the 1988 crisis now promises to strengthen the judiciary.)”
“Joke of the year, bila nak undi, semua benda manis dan janji langit dan bumi. (Joke of the year, when it comes to votes, all sweet nothings and promises of heaven and earth.)”
Another Facebook user, Mark Goh, holds Dr Mahathir responsible for the country’s current situation and finds it hard to trust him. He said Dr Mahathir provided the tools for his protégé to use and abuse, in a reference to embattled prime minister, Najib Razak.
“You can say what you want now. But the fact is you were the one who is responsible for all we have now. Your protégé is just using the set of tools and foundation you gave him to further consolidated his hold and power,” Goh wrote.
“How do you want us to trust you? I suppose we can’t..but what choice do we have anyway other than hope.”
2 August 2017
Isu Iskandar Kutty: Jamal pertahan Zahid, gelar Dr Mahathir celaka
Jamal berkata tindakan Dr Mahathir sebenarnya mahu menjatuhkan Najib dan kerajaan pimpinan Umno.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos mempertahankan tindakan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang mengungkit keturunan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed yang berasal dari India.
“Kita tidak peduli soal keturunan sebab negara kita pelbagai bangsa, macam saya orang Melayu Banjar. Kita semua ada sejarah keturunan, ada India, Cina, tapi apa yang Zahid kata ini adalah orang yang celaka macam Dr Mahathir.
“Kenapa saya cakap Dr Mahathir celaka setelah 22 tahun menjadi perdana menteri, setelah sekian lama dalam Umno, minta orang Umno supaya patuh pada parti. Tapi dia sebenarnya menjadikan Umno sebagai batu loncatan untuk memijak kepala orang Melayu demi kerjaya politik dan kesenangan keluarganya.
“Betul seperti Zahid katakan (Dr Mahathir) habis madu sepah dibuang, kami sokong kenyataan Zahid, Dr Mahathir ini bapa perpecahan.
“Daripada mana PKR wujud? ia disebabkan kezaliman Dr Mahathir terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, daripada mana PPBM wujud? kerana ketamakan Dr Mahathiir menjatuhkan Najib,” katanya.
Beliau juga berkata pemimpin pembangkang seperti Anwar dan Rafizi Ramli sudah lama mendedahkan keturunan Dr Mahathir berasal dari India dan ia bukannya isu baharu yang sengaja ditimbulkan Zahid.
1 August 2017
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has branded Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi a “kaki pembohong (liar)” with regard to the latter’s claim of having seen a copy of the former premier’s identity card.
He also dared Zahid to produce the said identity card, which purportedly stated his name as “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”.
Laman Facebook dengan nama Mukhriz Mahathir FC hari ini menjelaskan asal usul bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Penjelasan itu dibuat susulan kenyataan Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang mengungkitkan sejarah Mahathir yang berketurunan India dan mempergunakan Melayu selama 22 tahun semasa pentadbirannya.
Ahmad Zahid, yang juga menteri dalam negeri, menunjukkan salinan kad pengenalan (IC) Mahathir, yang memaparkan namanya sebagai “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”.
Namun, menurut laman Facebook berkenaan, individu yang datang dari Kerala, India bukan bapa Mahathir sebaliknya adalah datuknya yang bernama Iskandar.
Malah, dalam tulisan di Facebook turut menjelaskan, Kerala bukan bangsa asal India tetapi berketurunan Yaman.
Katanya, Iskandar kemudian berkahwin dengan seorang wanita dari Johor dan mereka mendapat seorang anak lelaki bernama Mohamad – yang adalah bapa Mahathir.
“Yang datang dari Kerala bukan ayahanda Tun M (Mahathir) tetapi nenda (atuk) Tun M bernama Iskandar.
“Kerala adalah bukan bangsa asal India, tetapi berketurunan Yaman.
“Iskandar berkahwin dengan Siti Hawa dari Johor maka lahirlah Mohamad pada 1881 di Pulau Pinang.
“Mohamad pula berkahwin dengan Wan Tempawan Bt Wan Hanafi maka lahirlah Tun M @Che Det. Che adalah kerana Wan berkahwin dengan rakyat kebanyakkan,” kata kenyataan itu.
Menjelaskan lanjut salasilah Mahathir, Iskandar dikatakan datang ke Tanah Melayu melalui Syarikat Hindia Timur untuk mengajar bahasa Inggeris di istana.
Mohamad pula adalah pengetua pertama di Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Kedah, menurut Facebook berkenaan.
“Nenda (Iskandar) di datangkan oleh Syarikat Hindia Timor (British) untuk mengajar bahasa Inggeris di Istana.
“Manakala Mohamad adalah pengetua pertama Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid di Kedah.
“Perlu teliti salasilah dan wasilah asli sebelum memuatnaik status keturunan seseorang tanpa kepastian sendiri,” kata kenyataan itu lagi.
Zahid Hamidi Pernah Jumpa Mahathir Nak Tumbangkan Najib dalam masa 3 bulan. Bila tak dapat sokongan Mahathir, Zahid Hamidi jadi pengampu besar Najib pula. Pendedahan oleh Zahid Mat Arip, Ahli MPT PPBM.
31 July 2017
Iskandar is Mahathir’s grandfather, not father, says Marina
Former PM’s daughter also calls Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi a sexist for neglecting to take into account Mahathir’s maternal lineage.
PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s allegation about former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lineage is not only false, but is also racist and sexist, says the latter’s daughter Marina Mahathir.
“It should be Mahathir bin Mohamad because my grandfather’s name was Mohamad bin Iskandar,” she said when contacted by FMT today.
The clarification came in response to Zahid’s claim yesterday, that he had received a photo of Mahathir’s original identity card (IC) which allegedly stated his name as “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”, with the “a/l” meaning “anak lelaki”, which translates to “son of” in English.
According to Zahid, who is also the home minister, the document that was provided to him by national registration department (NRD) director-general Mohd Yazid Ramli showed that “the man who struggled for the Malay agenda” was actually “using the Malays”.
Marina condemned this statement and pointed out that her grandfather Mohamad Iskandar, was the first Malay headmaster of Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar.
“Besides being racist, Zahid is also being sexist because apparently women don’t count in lineage, even though they’re the ones who give birth.
“My father’s mother, Wan Tempahwan came from a long line of Kedah royal household courtiers.
“My father’s paternal grandmother was also Malay, but since people didn’t keep records (then), I don’t know her name and I don’t think my Dad knew her too,” she said.
Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty: Report lodged against Zahid, NRD chief
PETALING JAYA: A former Umno man has lodged a police report against Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the national registration department (NRD) head, for allegedly leaking Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s personal information.
The report lodged by former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan last night, came after Zahid announced the details of Mahathir’s alleged identity card (IC), which bore the name “Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty”, saying he had received an image of the former prime minister’s IC from NRD director-general Yazid Ramli.
“I made the police report at 10.46pm, at the Dang Wangi police station. Zahid and the NRD director-general had abused their powers (and breached) the Personal Data Protection Act,” Khairuddin said in a statement released shortly after he left the police station, attaching an image of the report he filed.
“The personal information of a Malaysian citizen shouldn’t be mocked or exposed to the public, especially in a political event.”
Khairuddin also labeled civil servants who “conspired with politicians” to misuse the information they are privy to, as “unethical”.
“This is a criminal act that was done intentionally, and shouldn’t be repeated as it will affect the public’s confidence in government institutions,” he said.
Khairuddin had earlier urged Mahathir to take legal action against Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, and the NRD director-general for leaking his personal information.
“There should be no compromise on the excessive behaviour of misusing the private information of someone else for a political agenda,” he had said.
Young blood move behind Dr M’s quest to topple Najib
If you haven’t noticed it already, Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not your average 92-year-old grandfather.
While he may be under the weather now, the nonagenarian has mostly maintained a sharp wit and rigorous schedule as he steers his new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), on a quest to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak
But while the man charting the ship’s course may be elderly, the force manning the oars and propelling the party forward is largely made up of young blood.
According to Bersatu leaders, as of June this year, 55 percent of the party’s 200,000 members were below the age of 35.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi may be heading for defeat at GE 14. See how the percentage of votes for him in Bagan Datoh has been reduced?
|1995||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,646||80%||Asha’ri Marsom (S46)||2,816||13%|
|1999||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||12,938||58%||Mohamad Dahalan Arhsad (PKR)||8,321||38%|
|2004||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,049||75%||Ayyathurai Achutharaman (PKR)||4,510||20%|
|2008||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||13,115||54%||Madzi Hasan (PKR)||10,423||43%|
|2013||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,176||53%||Madhi Hasan (PKR)||15,068||47%|
30 July 2017
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What has Zahid’s father contributed towards nation building?
Zahid takes aim at Dr M’s alleged Indian ancestry
Umno de facto deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took a dig at former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s alleged Indian parentage today, and accused the latter of politically exploiting the Malays throughout his 22-year premiership.
Zahid, who is also the home minister, said he had been shown a copy of Mahathir’s identity card (IC), which supposedly stated his name as “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”.
Holding up his phone to the audience, he said, “This was his blue IC. His name was Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty. His blue IC number is […]. This was sent by the director-general of the National Registration Department (NRD).
“So he (Mahathir) was right when he said Malays are forgetful, because he is the son of Iskandar Kutty. This is the person who fought for the Malay agenda in order to use Malays.
“When the honey has run out, the honeycomb is thrown aside. Umno is like the honey, and we are the honeycomb that had been thrown away,” he said when officiating the closing ceremony of the Kelana Jaya Umno’s divisional meeting today.
The patronym “a/l” (short for “anak lelaki”, meaning “son of”) is commonly used by Indian Malaysians, although it is also used by some indigenous groups. “Kutty” is a common Tamil name.
Malay male names normally carry the “bin” title instead, which is the Arabic term meaning “son of”.
Zahid claimed that he was not making a personal attack, however, and stressed that he was only “coincidentally” the home minister when he received the NRD’s information about Mahathir’s IC. The NRD comes under his ministry’s purview.
In his 2011 autobiography “A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”, Mahathir acknowledged that he had “some” South Asian heritage.
“Some claim that my father was Malayalee and was fluent in both Tamil and Malayalam. Some have even written that he was a Hindu who converted to Islam to marry my mother. Others say they have seen documents clearly stating my ethnicity.
“I admit that some Indian, or more accurately South Asian blood flows in my veins, but from which part of the Indian subcontinent my ancestors came I do not know,” he wrote at the beginning of the third chapter of the 62-chapter memoir.