Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Dr Mahathir reminds current leaders

The Malaysian Insider
April 23, 2014

In his latest blog posting today, the country’s longest serving prime minister said that monarchs and dictators in the Middle East had been toppled through violence.

He said in its history, Malaysia had eschewed violence as a means to replace the government, preferring instead to use the ballot box to effect a regime change.

“However, leaders should not be too confident that people would continue with the soft approach,” he warned in his popular blog Chedet.cc.

Dr Mahathir reminded current leaders to be open to criticism and to deal with it.

He admitted that during his time as prime minister, he hardly listened to opposing views, especially from the opposition and noted that it was the opposition’s nature to go against the government.

“However, I find the views aired by third parties were more genuine and worth serious consideration,” he said.

He said there are not many people wanting to advise the authorities for fear of being scolded or being viewed negatively.

Dr Mahathir said it was important for people to be bold and give advice to the country’s leaders if they did not perform.

Dr Mahathir warned that power can lead to corruption and absolute power will result in unfettered corruption.

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he said quoting a well-known English proverb. – April 23, 2014.

  1. #1 by winstony on Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:10 am

    Malaysians have been brainwashed to such an extent that at one time he even praised them for being easy to govern.
    Remember, Marcos of the Philippines?
    He was a general.
    Yet he was deposed by a revolution.
    Remember, Suharto?
    Another general.
    He was also deposed by a revolution.
    Where else in the world do you ever get such a compliant population?
    No wonder he is so happy.
    Isn’t it time to wipe that smirk off his face?

  2. #2 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:39 am

    He will change his mind when he got hold of power again. This sly fox got udang disebalik batu.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 9:43 am

    Maha-MMK talked COCK
    He is d 1 who believes in n practised “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

    He was actually telling najis n gang Y so soft 1, use lah ur ABSOLUTE power, just like me, JUST DO it

  4. #4 by Noble House on Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 10:22 am

    Simply great, of all persons we have Mahathir talking about people who are vegetarians on a moral basis but wear leather jackets!

    There is no end to this man hypocrisy.

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 11:37 am

    VERY REVEALING. He would not listen to opposition no matter how good but any one that is in-between, he liked it. NO WONDER CRONIES HAD A FIELD DAY IF THEY GOT A DECENT IDEA..The man is SIMPLY A HACK – in reality a SIMPLETON INTELLECTUALLY or crudely BUMPKIN..

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