Is the Tun hallucinating?

by P Ramakrishnan
12 April 2012

In an open letter to Mahathir, P Ramakrishnan takes to task the former premier for his outrageous statements about the Pakatan administrations in Penang and Selangor of late.

My dear Tun Dr Mahathir,

I’m at a loss as to whether you are hallucinating or failing to see the reality.

Your views on Penang and Selangor are misconceived and misplaced. You come across as a dishonest politician determined to score political points and mislead Malaysian voters. You do no credit to yourself nor do you live up to your reputation as an elder statesman (Bernama, 29 January 2012).

Your statement, “They have already been given a lot of chances. A lot of unhappy things have happened in Penang, the same (is happening) in Selangor,” does not make any sense at all. “They have been given a lot of chances”, you unreasonably claim.

Pakatan only came to power on March 8, 2008. They have been in office only for four short years. What chances were given to them and who gave them those chances? What are you talking about? What miracles were you expecting them to perform in this short period of time?

Compare their short term of office to the Barisan Nasional’s nearly 55 years of tenure – truthfully and honestly. We can justifiably throw back at the BN the very words you had uttered: “They (BN) have already been given a lot of chances. A lot of unhappy things have happened in Penang, the same (is happening) in Selangor.” This is indeed a valid observation requiring an honest answer from you, dear Tun.

Indeed, 55 years is a very long time. It is more than half a century. The BN have been given all the chances it wanted and needed. But what have the BN achieved during their long tenure in office except undermining our unity and keeping the people apart? Our unity has been destroyed by senseless and thoughtless policies and statements without a care for the welfare of the majority of Malaysians who are peace-loving and poor.

Yes, Tun, if anybody had been given too much chance it is the BN. Indeed, what more can the BN do which they had failed to do during these 55 years? What miracles can the BN now perform to transform this country into a haven for all citizens and provide them with a dignified livelihood?

What do you actually mean by claiming, “They have been given the chance. What’s there left to try. If we allow the situation to deteriorate badly, it will be difficult to repair.”

Your rambling statement, “If we allow the situation to deteriorate badly, it will be difficult to repair” comes across as ridiculous and garrulous. What has the Pakatan done that has brought about the deterioration? What is that they are doing that would render the problem beyond repair? Please be specific and enumerate the wrongdoings of the Pakatan.

Tun, you should not make sweeping claims that are without merit. Many Malaysians are truly disappointed and disillusioned with you and justifiably feel that you have out-lived your usefulness as a political leader. You had your time and you did things the way you wanted to. That period is over and done with. There is nothing more for you to do.

Both Penang and Selangor have attracted the biggest FDI totalling more than RM15bn, which is unmatched by the BN-controlled states. Doesn’t this indicate positively that the Pakatan-controlled states are performing very much better in spite of their short term of tenure and lack of administrative experience and expertise? Honestly, dear Tun, doesn’t that deserve some praise?

You kept everything under wraps and resorted to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to deny citizens their right to be informed. A lot of scandals and corruption prevailed because they are kept from the purview of public scrutiny and guarded as state secrets.

The Pakatan-controlled states in Selangor and Penang, on the other hand, have promulgated a Freedom of Information Act in order to be transparent and accountable. Tun, isn’t this something that has to be complimented?

Cronies and corruption

Under your tenure for 22 years, many crony politicians became wealthy beyond imagination and without being accountable for their wealth. Elected representatives and cabinet ministers declared their assets only to you and, according to certain well-informed circles, you had used this information to secure their unquestioning loyalty. That was how you had your way – it was your way and no other way!

We are reminded of the episode concerning the removal of Osman Aroff, the then Menteri Besar of Kedah, who had enjoyed the support of the majority of assembly members in Kedah. These assembly members went to see you, dear Tun, to plead for the retention of their MB. You, reportedly saw them individually and after that they all returned to Kedah abandoning Osman Aroff. Rumour had it then that you had a file on each of them and that forced them to fall in line behind you.

Dear Tun, Pakatan-controlled states of Selangor and Penang did something that you wouldn’t dare dream of doing. All their Exco members declared their assets publically. This is something that civil society of Malaysia has been campaigning for, for a very long time, claiming that this would curb corruption and check abuse of governance.

But you would not be persuaded. You wanted to be the sole privy to the corruption and abuse so that you would have absolute control over politicians holding public positions.

Many Malaysians, in the past, have worked loyally and faithfully and had contributed to the progress of this country. These old timers who retired many years ago are forced to struggle to live a hard life with their meagre pensions in these times of hardships. Their counterparts of modern times, on the other hand, draw reasonable pensions to lead a decent life. The hardships suffered by these senior citizens have not been addressed. Their contributions were not even acknowledged.

But the Pakatan government in Penang has been giving out RM100 once a year for the last three years to express their appreciation to these senior citizens. Admittedly, this isn’t very much but the very thought of appreciation really warms the hearts of these people. With the vast resources available to the BN, they are placed in a far better situation to do more to help these unfortunate people. But why, dear Tun, did the BN government not bother doing this? They could have shown a generous face and given more to these people with all the wealth at their disposal. But they did nothing!

Corruption has become so rampant that so much of our wealth is either lost or stolen to the detriment of the nation. Contracts given to crony companies with inflated costs have drained our wealth. Highway toll agreements, the Tajuddin-Malaysia Airlines out-of-court settlement, the rescue of Bank Rakyat and Bank Bumiputra, the reckless forex fiasco in the UK, the bungling Maminco tin-buying spree, to name a few – they have all resulted in the loss of billions of ringgit that could have alleviated the plight of the poor. These are, unfortunately, dear Tun, your legacies that brought terrible hardships for the homeless and the helpless.

Uplifting the people

You wouldn’t have open tenders for projects that would have saved billions of ringgit and secured the services of contractors with ability and proven expertise. That would have prevented some contractors from running away without completing their projects and ensured that buildings wouldn’t collapse because of poor workmanship and inferior materials. But repeated episodes of cheating contractors and uncompleted projects did not seem to disturb the conscience of those in charge. It was business as usual and billions of ringgit were regularly squandered without a care in the world.

On the other hand, now we have open tenders in the Pakatan states and Class F contractors are very happy and contented with this arrangement. According to these contractors, under the previous BN government, one had to have connections to get a contract and one had to give inducements to be considered favourably. Otherwise, getting contracts would have been impossible. But now, with open tenders, the deserving have been rewarded with contracts and they have delivered the completed projects on time. Isn’t this something that has to be appreciated, dear Tun?

Malaysian workers have been struggling for years for a minimum wage policy. The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has been championing this issue for decades. But it was opposed vehemently by the Malaysian Employers Federation, which wanted to reap hefty profits from the sweat of the workers. And the Malaysian government did not have the political will to implement the minimum wage policy. Thus we lost our local skilled workers and builders who left the country to work elsewhere. But the exploitation continues to this day with the employment of foreign workers.

Isn’t it praiseworthy that the Pakatan government in Selangor has implemented a minimum wage policy for all its employees in GLCs as from January this year? They are paid a minimum salary of RM1,500. Shouldn’t the employees enjoy the fruit of their labour, dear Tun?

Farmers in the new villages of Perak who have been tilling the land and growing vegetables and fruit for the country for generations were exploited and kept in a state of uncertainty as to their livelihood as they did not own the land. Every election this became a moot point for the farmers. Whether their TOL would be extended or cancelled was a worrying experience for these farmers. And when the BN wins the election in Perak, the TOL of these farmers would be renewed. The message was very clear. Vote for the BN or your TOL would not be renewed. They were beholden to the BN for the extension of their TOL.

The Pakatan government gave them the land titles and their dignity and freed them from their unnecessary anxiety. The rational was these farmers have been on the land for generations and have been serving the nation with their produce and they deserved the land titles. Isn’t this something wonderful that deserves to be congratulated, dear Tun?

Every voter who dies in Penang and Selangor is given RM1,000 and RM2,500 respectively for funeral expenses. This assistance is greatly appreciated, especially by the poor. For the first time a voter receives something very specific and substantial when he or she dies. This had never happened under BN rule. They bribe the living for their vote and forget them when they are dead. Under the Pakatan rule they take care of the living and the dead! Don’t they deserve a pat on their back, dear Tun?

All this caring and giving must make a great impact on the people. If given more time there will be other good policies that will benefit the people and perhaps make it difficult for the BN to make any headway in the future. Is that what is worrying you, dear Tun? Is this what you meant when you sounded the warning to the BN, “If we allow the situation to deteriorate, it will be difficult to repair”?

You have correctly foreseen the inevitable doom for the BN. You have realised that it will be difficult to undo the good deeds of the Pakatan. In comparison, the BN will be cast in poor light and cursed for neglecting the majority of the deserving Malaysians who are poor. You are seeing what is impending and you have the right to fear the inevitable, dear Tun!

P Ramakrishnan is the past president of Aliran

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 5:55 pm

    He took us all for a ride for 22 years. We were conned. We were mesmerised. What spell did he use? Watch his lips. He frequently mumbles something. Must be something he picked up from his pals from Araby.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 6:37 pm

    ///Is the Tun hallucinating?///

    Tun is not hallucinating but has gone senile.

  3. #3 by Godfather on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 7:14 pm

    Mamakthir will go down in Malaysian history as the greatest criminal of all time. Aside from the billions squandered through his cronies and relatives, aside from his oft-used principle of the end justifying the means, his greatest crime would be the dismantling of judicial independence in the late 80s. The hundreds of billions lost in scandals such as BBMB, Perwaja, Bank Negara forex, MMC, PKFZ, the billions spent in bailing out his children’s businesses like Kumpulan Logistik and Tongkah, the billions milked from the rakyat through overpriced tollroads and IPPs – all these can be recovered through future hard work, but it will take an immeasurably long time for the judiciary to recover its independence and professionalism.

  4. #4 by Godfather on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 7:31 pm

    His performance at the RCI on Lingam-gate was an absolute disgrace and no one in government dared touch him or his co-conspirators.

  5. #5 by tak tahan on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 8:49 pm

    Mahathir also stripped the mosques of their independence. Under Mahathir, sermons rarely covered community issues but were vehicles for Umno’s political messages. The captive Muslim audiences still dare not protest about these political sermons.

    Tun is the incarnation of all evil.

  6. #6 by Winston on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 8:58 pm

    #4 by Godfather
    The following quote said it all!
    “Tell me, which UMNO leader does not have problem?”
    – end of quote
    They are all in the same boat and has each others’ balls and nuts in their hands!
    So, nobody dare to rock the boat!!!!
    And this will go on ad infinitum; Joe Public will be the suckers!!!
    Until, of course, they are booted out by PR!!!
    That’s why it’s imperative that PR must go all out to grab Putrajaya!!!!!!!!!!

  7. #7 by Winston on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:04 pm

    He could also be suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

  8. #8 by yhsiew on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:25 pm

    He is not recognized as a statesman internationally but Lee Kuan Yew is.

  9. #9 by Taxidriver on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:43 pm

    From his 22 years in office, this mamak has made himself well-known as someone good at lying, twisting his and others words to his own benefit, stealing the rakyat money, uttering nonsenses, making contradictory statements. Between Singapore’s Lee and him, one is a DRAGON while he is just a lizard. Let the whole world judge who is which.

  10. #10 by tak tahan on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:43 pm

    A true leader through out the world will not disunite his people,whereas here we have one wily old Tun who is damn good ‘A++’ at the art of disuniting his people.Only in Malaysia would he be accorded Tun.To laugh or cry,up to you.I would rather look and move forward instead of stay put to laugh or cry.Anyway,to me,it’s indeed feeling shame and disgusted to have this type of Prime Minister in the past.And yet he still want his unjustifiable legacy to be carry on by none other than his same bunch of crooks from his untenable party,Umno.Tun and Umno/BN good old days(day-night robbery & racial-mongering) is certainly coming to an end.Let’s do it together come GE13 and put an end to Tun’s racist and corrupt legacy once and for all.

  11. #11 by monsterball on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Mahathir is a born dirty sickening low down corrupted politician that have succeeded to steal more than RM100 billion for party…cronies and his sons.
    He must keep doing his best to protect his sons with the stolen money.
    Check it out that after so call retiring for more than 8 years….has he ever really retired?
    With the natural Alzheimer disease attacking him…he will keep on saying anything and everything..he can think off… to insult PR leaders and the States PR are governing….so much so….his idiocy is exposed with all the stupid reasons he uttered out…because his thick skin face…never feel any shame.
    Only with that kind of behaviors and mentalities…can he keep being the dirtiest politician …with the dirtiest reputation..which he cares less…as long as he can say something an anything to save his sons.
    The writer…P.Ramarishnan is the type of Malaysians we need more and more to expose Mahathir what he is.

  12. #12 by GodIsWatching on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 10:06 pm

    This is the man who has robbed opportunities from the child who was well deserving of a scholarship but simply could not due to the colour of skin. The man whose iron hand ruthlessly stole liberty from righteous people who spoke out on principles by slamming them into prison walls by ISA and sheer wicked maligning deceit. The man who stole all he could with the absolute belief that he could get away scot free in the after life.The man who by his craft cut out all cords of racial unity by implementing the most vile of segregation. yes this is the man.So why should we even bother to listen to him speak now?

  13. #13 by monsterball on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Dictatorship government are out-dated and falling everywhere.
    Dictators takes everything without fear.
    Dictators can kill anyone without fear.
    Dictators put out a smile and concern look….but their hearts are black and evil.
    Dictators have programs to control minds to submit to their wishes.
    It is when Dictators fail to control all minds and find out more than half cannot be controlled…that Dictators will plan laws to force everyone to toe the line.
    Millions have died in Dictatorship country.
    Malaysia is on towards freedom from Dictators without a drop of blood being shed….because Malaysians are a bunch of smart people in the world..led by brave honest Freedom Fighters.

  14. #14 by negarawan on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Mahathir…..Father of Corruption and Inhumanity of Malaysia. May he receive God’s full retribution for all the crime and corruption that he has caused in Malaysia.

  15. #15 by cskok8 on Friday, 13 April 2012 - 11:32 pm

    Can he even name one govt project during his time that was completed in time, within budget and without defect? If there had been one his media would have gone to town with it. As it is we see projects delayed, abandoned, costing 2-3 X the original estimate, roof collapsing or leaking. That is your legacy, you senile old man.

  16. #16 by sheriff singh on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 12:14 am

    ” Is the Tun hallucinating? ”

    No. He was, still is always has been like this.

    It is we who have changed.

    We got out of our hallucinations back in 2008. Then, we overcame our addictions and could clearly see the realities.

    But the Tun remains stuck in his crooked, muddled up mind.

  17. #17 by cintanegara on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 12:51 am

    Long live Tun….
    We love Tun…
    You are our idol, our hero and our beloved statesman….

    No problem if Godfather and the gang dislike you..there are millions and millions of good hearted people out there support and regard you as the greatest leader of this nation….

  18. #18 by k1980 on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 1:59 am

    To #11 by GodIsWatching —

    Replace the word ‘man’ with the words ‘Kerala pendatang’

  19. #19 by monsterball on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 5:55 am

    12.51 am….Cintanegara must ampu Mahathir before he goes to sleep.
    He thinks only guys in this blog dislike Mahathir only.
    He has cow brain. Just that Mahathir’s hometown…thousands Muslims hate him.
    Has he forgotten Mahathir lost even a small by-election?
    If Mahathir is so much loved and powerful…why can’t he stand for another by-election?
    Wish him long life…no problem. It’s good.
    We also wish him a very very long life to witness PATRIOTS throw TRAITORS out.
    Long live Freedom Fighters!!

  20. #20 by boh-liao on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 8:33 am

    Yeah, it was a NIGHTMARE 4 rakyat under MMK n now we must EXORCISE dat evil devil fr d entire system, not easi as he had laid d pervasive foundation 4 a CORRUPT system

    Any1 with commonsense would know NOT 2 trust MMK – how can trust him 1 when he could even DISOWN his own ANCESTORS n ANCESTRY? Truly a manipulative LIAR

    Now rakyat suffering bcos of what he did – eg, still paying high tolls n enriching companies linked 2 him, his family n cronies

  21. #21 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 11:34 am

    Try this. Hv a pic of dr mamak ready. Any pic will do. And any size too. Hv a good look at it. Yeah stare at it without blinking your eyes for 1 minute. Then look away, preferably towards somwhere dark. What do you see?

    Ans. I dont know. But try it anyway. Have fun!

  22. #22 by tak tahan on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Yeah..i’s as dark as sai punya hole.Tui!

  23. #23 by tak tahan on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Cintatakhabishabisbontotsaiful must have made some gains from this scheme.

  24. #24 by sotong on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Yes, long live Tun to see his failure unfolding and the country bankrupt by 2019!

  25. #25 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 14 April 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Tun M is neither hallucinating nor myopic.

    Tun M is simply diabolicaccal, thoroughly scheming, downrigt, disgustingly immoral.


  26. #26 by shukurhasran on Sunday, 15 April 2012 - 10:18 pm

    Say all we want about this mahathir (purposely small capital..he is reaping the fruits of his 22years premiership now…people in government say, government pay RM6k a month rental for each car used by government officials..nice

  27. #27 by rockdaboat on Monday, 16 April 2012 - 3:06 pm

    BN’s Classic Shiok Sendiri Syndrom, ha ha ha ha ha.

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