Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Does Dr Mahathir wants Malaysians to decide or not?
Salleh Said Keruak
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he does not want to change the system. He just wants to change the Prime Minister. He will then let Malaysians decide on what system they want after Malaysia gets a new Prime Minister. The question now would be: why did Dr Mahathir not change the system when he was Prime Minister for 22 years?
Since Dr Mahathir wants to allow Malaysians to decide their own future, what if Malaysians decide they still want Najib Tun Razak as the Prime Minister? Is Dr Mahathir prepared to agree to this? While he is prepared to allow Malaysians to decide what system they want, Dr Mahathir wants to dictate who should be Prime Minister and will not allow Malaysians to make that decision.
As far back as 2008 Dr Mahathir had already announced that he wants a Presidential Council to be set up and for the country to be run by a Council of Elders. More than seven years later and he is still pushing for that to be implemented although there is no such system in the Constitution or in a Westminster system of government.
Dr Mahathir also said that a lavish lifestyle is evidence enough that someone is corrupt and that the court can take action against that person. You do not need any other evidence other than that. If that is how our legal system is supposed to work then no one is safe any longer. You can be arrested and put in jail just because someone says you are corrupt based on the car you drive or the house you live in.
In the end the person is assumed guilty until and unless he or she can prove innocence. If this is how the new legal system is supposed to work then even Dr Mahathir himself would not be safe based on the lavish lifestyle of his own family who would need to prove they are not corrupt or else would have to go to jail.