Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Is Tun Dr. Mahathir still influential or not?

When ex-PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad fired his first shot on the bridge controversy, some Malaysians and Singaporeans who tend to see things in black-and-white, bipolar or Manichean terms dismissed his importance because ' the old mad man' or 'hypocrite' holds no more executive power. But the fact that even the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has to issue a statement through Ambassador-at-Large Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak today to dispute his open letter published outside the mainstream media shows that, whether we agree with Tun or not at this stage, he is still considered by those in power to be socially, politically and intellectually influential enough not to keep quiet over his allegations.

As I said earlier ( before Matthias Chang publicly grilled FM Syed Hamid and also before Tun released his Open Letter) in my entry Release Cabinet details on bridge plan (18 April, 2006): " It seems that the core belief or value-system of his politics, namely national honour, dignity, sovereignty and independence, have been challenged" and "Tun has always been a fighter for causes he truly believes in and, like him or otherwise, he still has many faithful followers and supporters both inside and outside the government and high society as well as friends all over the world". So, stay tune for more fireworks for Revolusi Minda.

Quotable Quote

" Progress in human affairs, whether in science or in history or in society, has come mainly through the bold readiness of human beings not to confine themselves to seeking piecemeal improvements in the way things are done, but to present fundamental challenges in the name of reason to the current way of doing things and to the avowed or hidden assumptions on which it rests." (British historian E.H. Carr., What is History? London, Penguin, 1961, 1990)

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