Saturday, April 9, 2016

Another desperate act of Mahathir

Salleh Said Keruak

I hope Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not purposely trying to set himself up to get arrested with the aim of gaining public sympathy when he told The Weekend Australian that there was little hope that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would step down without outside pressure.

“Normally I don’t like foreign interference in Malaysian affairs but our avenues for redress have been closed completely,” Mahathir said. “So now we have to allow foreign interference in our domestic affairs. If it is legal, legitimate, yes. If they have information, they should give information. And if there is money laundering, just because it is Najib it doesn’t mean they should suspend that law.”

This is an alarming new development and I am very surprised that Mahathir should even suggest this. Back when Mahathir was the Prime Minister, if any foreign country or government were to say anything about Malaysia, Mahathir would retaliate and tell them that they have no business interfering in Malaysia’s domestic affairs.

In fact, during Mahathir’s time, if any local political activist were to work with a foreign government to criticise Malaysia, he or she would be detained on grounds of ‘treason’ and of working with foreign powers to bring down the democratically elected government.

Mahathir is now saying that the end justifies the means and that we must do anything possible just as long as we meet our objectives of bringing down the Prime Minister outside the constitutional process. In that case no leader is safe if all we need to do to topple a leader is to invite foreign powers to interfere in the country’s domestic matters.

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