1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.
2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.
3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.
4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.
5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.
6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.
7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.
8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.
9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.
10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.
11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.
12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.
13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.
14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.
15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.
16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.
17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.
18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.
19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.
20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.
21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.
22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.
23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.
24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.
25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.
26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.
27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
11 January 2018
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, with his trademark sarcasm, said a meeting between Anwar Ibrahim and him would be counterproductive for Pakatan Harapan and therefore his political rivals have nothing to fear.
His remark was in reference to Institute of Strategic and International Studies senior fellow Sholto Byrnes description of Harapan’s decision to name Mahathir as its prime minister candidate as a step backwards.
“Everyone knows my appointment (as the PM candidate) would ensure Harapan’s defeat (in the election). So what is there to fear about Anwar and I meeting.
“Surely, it would be another step backward for Harapan,” he added in a blog posting this afternoon.
1. Saya tidak dapat menziarahi Dato’ Sri Anwar di Hospital Cheras. Saya diberitahu Menteri Dalam Negeri telah mengarah pejabat penjara supaya tidak membenar saya ziarah Dato’ Sri Anwar.
2. Saya kecewa dan sedih. Apakah yang sudah jadi pada negara kita ini. Tidak pernah mana-mana Perdana Menteri Malaysia sebelum ini melarang sebarang lawatan untuk berjumpa pesakit atau banduan, samada ia ahli politik atau orang biasa. Saya, semasa menjadi Perdana Menteri, tidak pernah menghalang mana-mana banduan, termasuk Dato’ Sri Anwar, diziarahi oleh sesiapa.
3. Tetapi sekarang sudah ada arahan ini khusus bagi saya.
4. Tujuan saya menziarah hanya untuk ucap terima kasih kerana Anwar telah bersetuju dengan cadangan Pakatan Harapan untuk saya dinamakan calon Perdana Menteri jika kami menang.
5. Dalam gabungan empat buah parti ini, kita bersetuju semua keputusan dibuat secara konsensus iaitu dengan dipersetujui oleh semua empat parti. Jika ada mana-mana satu parti tidak bersetuju, keputusan tidak akan diterima sebagai keputusan Pakatan Harapan.
6. Apabila saya dicalon sebagai bakal Perdana Menteri untuk Pakatan Harapan, tiga buah parti bersetuju, tetapi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) tidak membuat keputusan.
7. Namun pada saat terakhir PKR bersetuju. Saya percaya masa yang panjang yang diambil oleh PKR ialah kerana tidak senang dengan saya, yang menjadi PM diwaktu Anwar dipenjara.
8. Memendek cerita akhirnya PKR bersetuju. Saya percaya persetujuan ini adalah oleh kerana pengasas PKR, Dato’ Sri Anwar dapat mengatasi perasaannya dan mengutamakan kepentingan negara lebih dari perasaan diri sendiri. Jelas Anwar, seperti semua kami dalam PH mengutamakan penyingkiran Najib lebih mustahak dari permusuhan antara kami dahulu.
9. Bukan mudah bagi Anwar terutamanya. Tetapi jelas Anwar utamakan negara lebih dari dirinya.
10. Parti-parti lawan tidak pernah mengalahkan gabungan 13 buah parti dalam BN. Sebabnya ialah kerana parti lawan tidak dapat betul-betul bekerjasama antara mereka.
11. Hanya jika ada pakatan yang kuat hasil keikhlasan dalam bekerjasama antara parti lawan, barulah mereka berkemungkinan kalahkan BN.
12. Dengan Keadilan memenuhi syarat konsensus empat buah parti lawan, kemenangan PH menjadi lebih cerah.
13. Sebab itulah saya ingin ucap terima kasih sendiri kepada Anwar. Saya perlu hanya satu minit sahaja untuk berjumpa, tidak lebih. Tidak ada niat bercakap berkenaan politik.
14. Lagipun semua orang tahu perlantikan saya akan menentukan kekalahan Pakatan Harapan. Bukankah Institute of Strategic and International Studies Senior Fellow Sholto Byrnes telah berkata pencalonan saya bermakna Pakatan telah ambil satu langkah kebelakang. Apalah nak takut sangat perjumpaan saya dengan Anwar. Tentulah ia akan jadi satu lagi langkah kebelakang oleh Pakatan Harapan.
14 Dec 2017
1. Najib fears financial support for the opposition. To stop this Najib resorts to threats and harassments against potential donors to the opposition.
2. This takes the form of squeezing individuals and companies for extra income and corporate taxes. The Income Tax people visit the potential donors and demand to be paid more taxes.
3. The records show that these people have paid all their taxes. But Income Tax people would reclassify allowances and make them taxable. Tax would be demanded on these newly taxable items and back dated by 10 or 20 years. Suddenly the tax payers find that they have to pay millions in back taxes.
4. They may protest and refuse to pay. The tax people will blacklist them and seize company books and other records. With this business had to stop. The losses would be huge.
5. Court procedures can take years. The losses would mount. Sometimes passports would be confiscated, again obstructing business.
6. Desperate, the tax-payers would bargain with the tax-collector. He would agree to pay a lesser amount and plead for payment in instalments. Sometimes the tax department would agree. But the tax payers are warned not to donate to opposition parties; not even being seen near them.
7. With that not only will the opposition be deprived of funds but the Government would collect more taxes. At a time when businesses are not doing well, the Government records more taxes being collected.
8. Another form of harassment is to accuse the businessmen of money laundering. No evidence need to be shown that this crime has been committed. The accusation alone is enough for the Government to freeze the accounts of the individual or company in the banks. With the funds frozen, business cannot be done. And of course no donation to the opposition can be made.
9. The victim would appeal. He would agree to a fine of a good portion of his money. But he must agree not to donate to the opposition parties, not even to continue friendship with certain individuals.
10. This type of tax-collecting is unprecedented. But the staff are said to be willing to do illegal things because they may receive a bonus for increasing tax collection.
11. All the signs show that the Government is short of funds. Ministries have been told to cut down on the budget allocated to them.
15. But the Government is spending more money to counter voter sentiment against Najib and his Government. Najib believes if the amount given is big enough, the voters would vote for him.
19. But now comes the ultimate blow. Prevent the opposition from offering an alternative to BN in the coming election. To do this all the Government has to do is to refuse or delay the registration of the Pakatan Harapan Coalition and to deregister Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, the party of choice of UMNO dissidents and UMNO supporters among the voters.
20. But Najib will still lose. The opposition can fall back on Plan B and Plan C.