18 December, 2018

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Mahathir’s ‘Second Coming’ In Malaysia: Mixed Lessons For Sri Lanka!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

“Malaysia Boleh” or “Malaysia Can Do It” which evolved as a national slogan in the early 1990s appear to have re-emerged in the run up to the recent Malaysian elections. Mahathir Magic worked as a result ,when he as head of an Opposition Alliance ‘Pakatan Harapan’, made an extraordinary political comeback as Malaysia’s leader at the age of 92,, thus ending the six-decade rule of PM Najib Razak’s party in a landmark shift for this Southeast Asian Muslim nation. Mahathir Mohamad, whose historic win was helped in no small part by his legacy as part of the old guard of Asian politics and grandfather of the nation announced,’ “We are not seeking revenge, we want to restore the rule of law”. Thus, in one of the biggest U-turns of his 70-year career in politics , he therefore signalled that he is ready to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, a popular opposition figure whom he sacked as his deputy in the 1990s.

The elections was dominated by a widely known investigation into allegations that billions were siphoned from a state investment fund, 1MDB, and laundered through foreign bank accounts,which scandal had ramifications even beyond Malaysia’s boundaries. The historic political revolutionary change probably would not have occurred but for the brazen excesses of and alleged widespread corruption alluded to ousted Prime Minister Najib and his high spending wife, which were too much even for the high-living UMNO elite to stomach.

During his earlier reign(1981-2003), Mahathir’s track record was not without blemishes; many criticised his chequered rule. But love him or hate him, no one can deny that Mahathir had nothing but fierce love for Malaysia. Mahathir’s earlier legacy thus made the Malaysians to flock together to re-elect him despite his advanced age. Mahathir’s definition of independence surely struck a chord with the voters, leading them  to give him the mandate yet again: “Independence means we enjoy freedom. We are not colonised by people. And we can govern our own country and develop it independently so that our people can live a better life.” The phenomenal growth of Malaysia under the leadership of Mahathir has brought about a patriotic sense of achievement amongst its people. A large portion of the Malaysian electorate possess lasting affection and respect for him because of various successes. Mahathir engineered rapid economic growth. He shifted the country’s economy from agriculturally based to a more industrialised one. He created a sense of civic and national pride through projects such as national car Proton, the Sepang Formula One circuit and, of course, the Petronas Twin Towers, still the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world. Mahathir unleashed the Reformasi movement that at one point saw citizens tear-gassed on the streets of the capital. He is now the leader that Malaysians yearning for change are banking on. For Malaysians, Mahathir’s return to power is more than a palace coup; it is a new era of hope. He also spearheaded Islamic banking institutions too. 

One of the true visionaries of the age, Mahathir Mohamad is revered and feared, the world over, for his explicit opinions regarding the ideologies of the West .The Look East Policy was his brain child, aimed in emulating some characteristics of other neighbouring nations. But the principle goal was a shift in focus of relation from the West, in particular, Britain, towards the new rising Asia, specifically, Japan. It economic influence to Malaysia was profound both positively, and also negatively. One of the main focuses of Mahathir on the policy was the Malaysian emulation of East Asian ethics. Economically speaking, he wanted Malaysia to adopt some principles from Japan. He believed that Malaysia should follow the example of Japan Inc. and create the Malaysia Inc., where both government and the private sector worked together to achieved a common economic goal. However, although the policy was not effective in changing the values of the Malays, it did bring out a change in direction from looking to the West towards looking to the East. 

Another credit attributable to Mahathir was the “Asian values” model of human rights propagated by him and Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew in the 1990s. They accused the so-called “Western” model of advocating an individualistic approach to rights that prioritises the individual’s rights against society; by contrast, the “Asian values” approach emphasises social stability, privileging community and duties over the rights of the individual. He thus initiated to develop a more nuanced theory of human rights seen through a Southeast Asian lens, although critics say that the “Asian values” ideology is still theoretically unfounded and politically outmoded, and it is time for a fresh perspective and definitive move toward a more sophisticated model that can better encapsulate contemporary political realities and guide a more sensitive balancing of interests in regional human rights protection. As a prominent leader of the non-Arab Muslim world, and considered outspoken by the West, Mahathir also not only set the foundation for the materialization of the true Muslim identity but has also been bold enough to point out the weaknesses as well.

Malaysia’s national catch cry ‘The Malaysia Boleh’ spirit has produced many achievers and achievements, and has shown that it can unite Malaysians irrespective of colour, creed, culture or class. Perhaps it is exactly what Malaysia needed to vote for a decisive change and to forge ahead to achieve its ideals as a nation, although some use the catchphrase  as a sarcasm too. In the same ‘Boleh’ spirit, ‘Sri Lanka Boleh’ can be a reality too if only the Sri Lankans too learn lessons from the developments in Malaysia, apart from many historic lessons from their own failures from within, which unfortunately they have been failing to capture in Post-Independence era.  

One of the main issues which led to the recent revolutionary political changes is the subject of corruption and abuse of power by a government whose party has been holding power for 6 decades. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Another issue has been the widening disconnect between the rulers and the ruled. Both these are the issues which have been widely discussed in public discourses in Sri Lanka too, specially in Post-war Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka did not have Mahathir equivalents in their Post- Independence history. DS Senanayake’s sagacity, foresight, judgment and tolerance were unexcelled, and under his leadership Ceylon has been the most untroubled country in Asia and was able to join hands with the minority leaders to get Independence for Ceylon. However as reported, ‘Sri Lanka has followed a chequered path in the post-independence era. From being the envy of the world, it has moved to the brink of a failed state, only to inch back to a slow path of progress. Eras of different leaders have brought diverse results to the country. Some have taken the country on the path of progress, keeping the people content while others have driven the country to the brink of destruction. It is a sad fact that those who are responsible for such misfortunes seldom suffer themselves but only expose the innocent masses to unbearable suffering simply because they happen to live at that time’. 

From SWRD, JRJ to MR, leaders had achievements on their own right, but failed to project themselves as national leaders, playing to the gallery for petty political ends and raising communalistic cries. They thus failed to unite the nation. Post-War, MR won the war and failed to win the hearts and minds of the people to promote inclusiveness. Sadly, ‘Yahapalana Nadaya’ too failed miserably on this count,  neither able to take effective action against corruption and abuse of power nor promote national reconciliation too. Today, country seems to float aimlessly with many feeling a sense of helplessness with no proper government machinery in place to boost public confidence. Widespread corruption is prevalent in the political hierarchy, law enforcement, the civil  administration and even in the judiciary. There is a feeling among the public that the law is not fair to the poor and disadvantaged  while facilities are afforded to the rich and the politically powerful( including those in the opposition) to escape punishment or if jailed, at least to rest in the prison hospital. The rogue monks are being given preferred treatment  by being immune to punishment. Particularly, those were widely accused of political corruption and those who instigated communal riots like some prominent monks are still roaming free, plundering public wealth and spreading racial hatred. 

Mahathir’s re-emergence as a force to be reckoned with in Malaysia is interpreted differently by diverse political groups in Sri Lanka. The MR camp may see it as a good sign for a MR, despite his advancing age (After all, Mahathir is 92 ,isn’t it? ), to comeback to gain power to put some ‘power’ into the government and take some strong decisions without being swayed. They may take up the position that age is no barrier if there is a national need. Political comebacks are nothing new, the latest being the ‘second coming of Mahathir’. Incidentally, MR was widely known to be a strongman in politics despite many other criticisms. On the other hand, the mandate Yahapalana government received in 2015 was exactly similar to what Mahathir got now; to fight wide corruption in politics and government and to re-connect the government with the people. Mahathir was earlier part of the earlier government party, and he left it to join the opposition alliance ‘Pakatan Harapan’. This is exactly Maithree did in 2014 and contested as a joint opposition candidate and won in January 2015 to fight corruption, to ensure social justice and to promote national reconciliation. Sadly, both MS and RW have lost the plot in the end, with none of these goals being not achieved.( at least public do not perceive).

What is apparent in both Malaysia and SL is that public activism can topple the prevailing order of things and change the course of events; but that alone is not adequate. Continuous public activism is  paramount to keep the government in power accountable and hold them to account. Revolutionary changes can come to nought if the people, the bystanders go back to their usual sense of apathy and silence leaving everything to the politicians. Even political figures like Mahathir can get swayed if there is no public pressure. It happened to MS who, at the time of his election was seen as an ‘Atlee’ after Churchill. A comedian in Malaysia(I think Habis is the name) underlined this need quite strongly in one of his appearances. He said; ‘My biggest fear is  this.you will go back to what you are doing and you give all your trust to the politicians  blindly again, Never do that. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We have a chance to re-draw everything..We have the chance to re-educate and rebuild everything that we know about this country… we don’t have to be a politician to decide where we are going. There are ways where you can make sure that our politicians, our public officials, our civil servants hold the highest level of accountability to the real boss of this country- which is every single one of you. And for that you need to continue to be vigilant, criticise and to remind politicians that we put them there. Not the other way’. This is true to Sri Lanka as well. Politics is too serious matter to be left in the hands of politicians. Sri Lanka needs leaders who will love Sri Lanka and create real changes than feathering their nests. Already people are feeling that mere change of pillows would not cure a headache. Thus, public activism is a must.

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    MR without bad guys around, without corruption, without using racism to his political advantages, not trying to be a leader of just Sinhalese but for all, would have been a good leader, SL ever had – He missed it.

    Other present ones, have a long way to get there.

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      Very true, the donkey won the war but lost the peace.

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        Paul do stop braying like a donkey and read up on Mahathir and Malaysia. If a donkey won the war I wonder what kind of imbeciles were the ones who could not even win a battle let alone the war, I mean all those UNP governments and CBK.

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          wannihami

          Can you give us some facts and figures about the war?

          Total number of police & armed forces died from 5th April 1971 to 9 January 2015
          Total number of civilians killed
          Total Number of members of armed forces missing in action.
          Total number of civilians missing from 5th April 1971 to 9 January 2015
          Total number of members of armed forces maimed
          Total number of civilians maimed from 5th April 1971 to 9 January 2015
          Total cost of war on both sides
          Total cost of forgone development
          Total aid received from foreign countries
          Total loans owed to foreign countries
          Total material support received from foreign countries,

          What did you personally gain from the war (5th April 1971 and 9 January 2015)?

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        Paul
        Who says so? Tamils can go anywhere without their balls being touched at security check points ,.Sinhalese can go anywhere without any fear of their balls being blown up. What more peace do you want?
        Soma

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          Soma

          …what more peace do you want?……

          We could give you an answer but it would be a waste of time given that it seems like your brains are in your balls.

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            Spring Koha

            “We could give you an answer but it would be a waste of time given that it seems like your brains are in your balls”

            I thought he has been sitting on his brain. Thanks for your clarification.

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      Fathima ~ “MR without bad guys around, without corruption, without using racism to his political advantages, not trying to be a leader of just Sinhalese but for all………..”.
      Ha ha ha………….that will not be MR or anyone resembling MR!
      Fathima you may have better chance in finding a vegan lion.

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      Mahathir was a not a leader for Malaysian Chinese, he was not a leader Malaysian Indians, he was a leader for Malaysian muslim Malays, Fathima you should read about Bhumiputhra and Article 153 policies which Mahathir supported whole heartedly.

      Why those Malay Chauvanistic policies brought success to Malaysia was because indigenous Malays were united along ethnic lines, MR lost because Sinhalese are divided along political lines. Cherry picking history is quite common for authors of Colombo Telegraph articles, so if you are young and not aware of how we came to be, you need to develop a skepticism and read up on the background.

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        wannihami

        “Why those Malay Chauvanistic policies brought success to Malaysia was because indigenous Malays were united along ethnic lines, “

        Your hypocrisy knows no bound.
        In this island when minorities unite on racial lines to restore their democratic rights that were stripped off them by the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist minorities you found fault on Tamils and Muslims.

        We are generous. We can tolerate a honest racist but not a closet hypocritic coward who cannot own up his bigotry and racism. .

        Go bury your face in Taraki’s bosom and weep. You might feel better.

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      Fathima

      There’s bravery in you

      Could you please give examples of MR’s racist political approaches so he can be taken to the task of answering to them.

      People, especially Tamil & Muslim; can see whether he can be
      reconditioned/rehabilitated to install again as others have a long way for perfect leadership.

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    Sri Lanka doesn’t have a “Mahathir”

    What Sri Lanka have is corrupt politicians.

    There is no one of Mahathir stature and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for Sri Lanka

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      No…no…..
      We have …but all are MAHAVIRS…
      that too robbed from King Velu..

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    We have had a succession of crooks unlike Malaysia. There were crooked ministers like Sammy Velu but at the very top, there was little corruption though people say that Sammy Velu gave a cut to Mahathir. But, in Sri Lanka, why single out MR? He was the greatest crook of them all and allowed his whole family to steal. But, corruption was there from the time of JR to Premadasa. Then there was the Queen of Thieves, Chandrika, Kumaranatunge. MR perhaps had a longer time to steal at leisure and a war to cover his thievery. Now there is Ranil who did not need the money except for the elections but that is no excuse and Sillysena, pilfering away while promising to be clean. It is an occupational fault of politicians and government servants. There must come a man who can clean this up for corruption feeds on public wealth that has to be used for the benefit of the public. Malaysia is not a good comparison except that they have quickly and prevented Najib from leaving the country. They will no doubt try him. The public will support. MR believes he can bring people onto the street if he is arrested..

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    Sure, there are lessons to be learnt. Whether they will be learnt, is a different matter altogether.

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    Malayasia has a strong “Bhoomiputra Policy”. The Tamils and Chinese are considered as to be second hand citizens. Should we introduce that to Sri Lanka as well?

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      Shenali

      “second hand citizens”

      Even a hand a handful of Sinhalese who do live in Malaysia are considered “SECOND CLASS CITIZEN”.

      Some years ago Sajith the LSE educated Premadasa suggested the same “BIG NEW IDEA” at an inner committee meeting. The same “BIG NEW IDEA” was floated immediately after the 1983 pogrom by Ronald Joseph Godfrey de Mel, then Minister of Finance. He didn’t need to officially achieve the aim however the riots and ensuing conditions got the best out of “Bhoomiputra Policy Agenda”.

      Either you support Sajith the LSE educated Premadasa or plant the “BIG NEW IDEA” the “Bhoomiputra Policy Agenda” into former National Hangman Gota’s head or even into the lonely Field Marshall.

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        Shenali, in Malaysia Ibans, Kadazans, Muruts, Penans and other tribes are also considered as Bhumiputras, though they are not treated equally with Malays when it comes to university admissions or government jobs. Immigrants like Chinese, Tamils and others are excluded. Malays class them as Bhumiputras though the original inhabitants of peninsular Malaysia are Orang Asli (ancient man) who are dark skinned with afro hair having genetic similarity with aborigines of Andaman Islands. In Sri Lanka real Bhumiputras are the Veddhas and not others. To give Bhumiputra status only to Sinhalese and leave out Tamils is discrimination based on racism. Genetic evidence shows that both Sinhalese and Tamils are migrants from South India, and archaeological evidence show that it was the same people who lived in Sri Lanka and South India, and the ancient civilisation was Dravidian. Geological evidence prove the Tamil folklore of Kumarikandam encompassing South India and Sri Lanka prior to the lands being submerged by sea. With these emerging truths, Tamils have a higher claim to Bhumiputra status than Sinhalese.

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      Shenal, absolutely, the most imbeciles on this forum are either ignorant or too stupid to understand how Malaysia and Singapore economies developed..they have no idea about Bhumiputhra and Article 153, or un democratic policies of Singapore They just bray like donkeys blaming Sinhalese, Buddhists, and Rajapakshas. They forget how good the minorities have in Sri Lanka because Sinhalese are divided on political ideologies.

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        wannihami

        No doubt what Malaysia overtly did to its minorities Sri Lanka overtly and covertly did to its minorities. Is it that secret you think none of the effected people did not know.
        wannihami are we trying to hide a humongous pumpkin in a small bowl of rice? Please visit last 70 years of history.

        You are rest assured none of us bray at or blame Buddhist for what had happened in this island definitely the Sinhala/Buddhist religious pervert has lot to answer for starting from 1950s.

        Your mind, hands and personal life are stained in blood. CT is not the right forum to hide/absolve your terrible past present and the future.

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      You and the vast majority of the Sinhalese are not the sons of the soil. More than 50% of the so called present day Sinhalese are purely descended from recently migrated Tamil South Indian immigrants. Most of them low castes and untouchables , from what is now modern day Kerala and Tamil Nadu, largely imported by the Portuguese and then the Dutch to do menial work. They were settled along the western and southern littorals and their modern day descendants are the Sinhalese Karawa, ( you) Salagama( Dayan) Durawa, Hunu, Hali, Berewe etc. Many of the so called Sinhalese aristocracy and the upper castes , especially the Kandyan variety are descended from South Indian minor aristocracy. Largely Tamil and some Telugu. Many of the so called Govgamma family names are a dead giveaway of their Tamil origin. Mudali( Mudaliar) Pilli( Pillai) Hetti(Chetty) Kone.Koon( Konar) Sekera( Sekeran) Tunga(Tungan) Naicke( Naickan or Naicker) Banda/Bandara( Pandaran). Arachchi( Arachchi) Peruma( Perumal). The list goes on.. The Sinhalese DNA is 70% Indian Tamil Dravidian and 25% Bengali Dravidian. How can you be the sons of soil? Sinhalese language is a mixture of the native Tamil dialect Elu, Proper Tamil Pali and Sanskrit. Out of these three languages only Tamil/Elu belongs to the region and island . The other two are not. Buddhism is from North India. Native Sinhalese gods are the Tamil god Lord Murugan, Pattini, Ayanayake called Ayanar in Tamil. Everything about the Sinhalese reeks of Tamils , Dress food music dance and even their new year. Go and take a hike

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      Shenal
      The quaification for Bhoomiputra status is that you should be an Orang Asli; here in Lanka you must be an Orang Utan. Are you one?

      In any case, in our bastardized ‘democracy’, the Bauddha-Sinhala voter ensures a near bhumiputra majority in parliament. You can say that you are bhumiputra if you support the right party. The thing is look at where all this has got us; global basket case status. Happy?

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    Harees has written what THE DOCTOR Dayan Jayatilleke otherwise would written…however what we all have to understand is the pathetic state of Malaysia that Dr Mahathir Mohammed created during his 22 years of rule….he was a Authoritarian …did not tolerate political dissent …he was also corrupted. As a result Malaysia today is unable to produce a political leader among the 32.0 mn people…the people have had no choice but forced to vote for this 93 year old stinking fart….the reality is Malaysia will never come out of this situation for another 20 years …such was the brutality of Dr Mahathir… Now his intention is to install his corrupted protege as the leader in 2 years…..this is an eye opener for Sri Lanka…22 years the bloody UPFA was in power CBK 12 years ..MR 10 years because he sacrificed 2 years for he and his band wagon could not rule the country any longer……it is during this 22 years that country experienced the biggest damage by 2 leaders of the one party…they failed to eradicate poverty……ruined the Economy by developing corrupted cronies because both were equally corrupted …. We are now struggling to install a slaughterer ably supported by the corrupt

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      Very well said Lion.

      During the 22 year despotic rule of UPFA/SLFP. Rule of law and democracy has eroded, mass killings rape murder bribe taking in every sphere.

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    All the flag waving and cheering in Malaysia will be short lived when they realize the huge mistake they have made in electing the wrong person based on emotions and not intelligence. Sri Lanka does not need any second comings. It needs to produce a New Leader who can unify all races and religions, provide safety and security for all its people, end corruption, and develop the country to provide a better life for future generations. A New Leader who can also ensure that Religion has no place in Politics.

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    najib lost because of collssal corruption
    mahinda lost for the same reason
    therefore mahinda cannot stage a mahathir return
    only a uncorrupted person can

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    we need a mahathir here too.

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      Mahathir jailed Anwar Ibrahim, a young dynamic leader , on false charges, to ensure there was no one to criticize his corrupt leadership. No doubt Mahathir made a huge difference in making Malaysia what it is today, but he was a Dictator in a so called democracy. Talk to any Chinese or Indian in Malaysia and you will get to know the real Mahathir. The corruption in Malaysia today is a legacy from the times of Mahathir.

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    What Mahathir did in 48 hours, Ranil and Sirisena couldn’t do in three years. He put travel ban on Najib and established a police post near his private home, all going in and out checked, in other words house arrest. Sent home AG and the Secratery general of the finance ministry and many other yes men of Najib , and following the heat the DG of Anti Corruption Commission resigned. Election was on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were declared as holidays, meantime he put special police teams to watch all the vital government institutions to stop people removing files and invidences regarding big corruption cases. Ranil and Sitisena should take tution from him how to run a government. He is going to have only 10 ministers with deputies the carbinet is going to be only 30 members including the PM and deputy PM. He set an Eminent Advisory Council to advise him and his government with regard to their 100 days programme. It a has 94 year old billionaire, former govner of Bank Nagara who was at it for 16 years, former long serving Chairman of Petronas, former two term finance minister and a reputed investment banker. Do Ranil and Sirisena have any eminent advisory councils but they do have all catchers and humbugs to advise them.

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    Thanks Lukman Harees for the Modern Malaysian Politics 101.
    Mahathir like all leaders had short comings but corruption was not one of them. He just had no tolerance for dissent within his circle. He sacked them!
    Anwar Ibrahim was his protégé but Anwar was not docile. Anwar was banished but it took lot of effort on the part of Mahathir to convince the courts to impose a prison sentence. When Anwar got out his determination was stronger BUT he realised that the support of minorities mattered. By now Mahathir retired, corruption was in the air and Najib Razak held the reins.
    Malaysians (particularly the young progressives) clamoured for change. Mahathir at 92 volunteered which took the Malaysian elites by surprise! He won but had one more surprise! He will hand over the reins to Anwar!!
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    Sorry Lukman. Your hope for Lankans may not be met. The main difference is “Law and Order” in Malaysia through all the travails , got eroded a bit but NOT completely buggered.
    Will Anwar perform? Watch his space.

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    While not geographically connected to Sri Lanka, the results of Iraq’s elections are also interesting. Moqtada AlSadr, a firebrand folk hero Shia Cleric’s handpicked party won the most number of seats. He is outspoken in his opposition to USA and also opposed to Iran the Persian Shia nation that now essentially controls a lot of things in Iraq after ISIS (wahabi Sunni terrorists) were eliminated. Will he get a role in selecting the PM, or will they go with the current PM Al-Abadi who used Iran’s help and US help and juggled and balanced the relationships to beat ISIS? Nouri Al Maliki came a distant 4th. People are SICK and tired of Arab corruption and Iraqi is one of the most corrupt nations. The masses have NOT seen any benefit from rising Oil revenues. Shia poor back Al-Sadr unequivocally and so do youth. Even though voter participation was a dismal 45% odd, the verdict against CORRUPTION was very clear like with former CORRUPT Mahatir Mohammed winning because these guys from Najib Razak had their own Central Bank like scandal which even the US FBI Said was one of t he biggest plunders of national wealth. Mahatir was a Hora like MR’s regime but these were bigger Horas like Ranil Haamu’s cronies.

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    Mahathir was a Muslim Malay HORA who was 100% behind Bhumiputhra rules that totally discriminated against Chinese and Indian Malaysians. Sri LAnkan Thambiyas ignore that. FACT is Malaysia is ONLY 62% Muslim but has an OFFICIAL RELIGION: ISLAM. Sri Lanka is 72% Buddhist and does NOT Have and official religion. But Malays are like the SWRD Sinhala Only people. Malays are not as smart as the Chinese so they are jealous just like the Singalams are jealous of Muslims but here the majority MUSLIMS discriminate against the minority Chinese Buddhists and Indian Hindoos. Mahatir admitted to being leader of a corrupt regime; but Razak was a AMU HORA as CBK used to say and bigger HORA like Arjuna M, Sirisena, RW, Malick etc. LESSER HORA won. SLPP will win on the same principle. MR actually has warm relations with Mahatir and welcomed him in 2009-2010 before the election. Question for your Muslims and Islamists : Do you think it is ok to discriminate by forcing language and official religions in Malaysia by Bhumiputhras? If so why is bad to have an official religion in Ceylon?

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      Although Mahathir now conveniently identifies himself as a Malay Muslim for power and politics, he has Indian ancestry on his father’s side. His paternal grandfather is a Malayalee or Tamil Muslim from Kerala. Malay Muslims treat the Indian Muslims ( Largely Tamil) as second class too. If the so called Sri Lankan Moors who are in reality Tamil by ethnicity get excited about this let them have second thoughts , as they will be treated as second class by the Malays in Malaysia. From the time of independence many of he so called Malay prime ministers have had partial Indian or European ancestry. The present Malay language has around 60% Tamil/Sanskrit derived vocabulary. The word Bhumi Putra meaning sons of the soil is pure Sanskrit. So are many other Malay words Manushya( man) Isthiri( woman) Bhasha( Language) Putra (son ) Putri( daughter), Negara ( city) from Tamil/Sanskrit Nagaram. Kappal( ship ) from Tamil Kappal. The list goes on. . Even the word Melayu or Malay is a corruption of the Tamil word Malai Ur. The mountainous country. The word Kedah , as state in North East Malaysia , now an Islamic stronghold , is Tamil , from the Tamil word Kedaram , meaning utensil or vessel. Ancient Tamil and Chinese traders used to meet and exchange goods and utensils, hence the word Kedaram now changed to Kedah. Everything about their culture reeks of India and Hinduism and Buddhism that came with the Tamil Chola conquest Yet they are now taught to look down on Indians ( just like the Sinhalese ) when everything about them reeks of India. The original Malays are not the real sons of the soil , they are an Austronesian people who migrated to the Malay peninsula a few thousand years ago. The Filipino languages Tagalog and Visayan are also Malay languages. Islam only came to the Malay peninsular a few centuries ago. Brought in by Indian and Arab Muslim traders.

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        Look at this Australoid RSSS, it wont be a surprise if he write world originated from Dravidian civilization. Mahathir grandfather was a Keralite Muslim but not Australoid Tamil. Mahathir grandfather was Iskander (teacher) who was employed by British to teach to Royal families. Origin of Iskander was Greek and in Arabic Al-Iskander. you can come across this name all over Middle-east, even in Turkey. Moplas (Arab and Persian origin) have this names, you can see even in Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka. In Malay language son (ana lelaki), daughter (anak perempuan), Man (lelaki), woman (wanita), city (bandar), ship (kapal). The word he had given were from Indonesian language except woman (wanita) and city (kota). Utensils called perkakas and Kedah was Muslim Sultanate. Indonesia being closer to India naturally Hinduism and later Buddhism spread and naturally there were some Sanskrit scriptural words assimilated with indigenous language. He says original Malays were Austronesian, it is true but who are the present Malays. Tamils or Tamil mixed? You Dravidian maniac study the history well before writing. There were all types of migration in the world, trading, religious etc so you can see in any country burrowed words from others. English have words originated from Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Tamil etc. For this idiot if there are Tamil sounding words everything originated from Dravidian culture. The Tamils in Malaysia were not migrated people but slaves taken by British. However much you caw you cannot change true history, be satisfied being an Australoid crow.

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    Mahatir framed his chief opponent of having anal sex and falsely accused him. Joined hands to beat Najib Razak.

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    Malaysia was faced with the same challenges like any other post colonial country since independence in 1957. The only reason she has survived all the ups and downs unlike others and succeeded because
    – Visionary leadership and joint party (reflecting all ethnocity) governance and is the same in the opposition too, Internal/National security act preventing complete lawlesness by the few in the name of race/religion/language looting and defecting human dignity, Given no violence (except once) her subjects were able to show Tolerance/empathy/mindfulness for any injustices they had to deal/endure as part of their journey to progress and deliver social justice for all………hence with the latest elections the dividends paid off, They had a successful neighbouring country complemented their dreams as to what can be done (no one stealing their fish stock either), they have a focus group for “One Malaysia” concept focused on social media campaign to bring their children together and explain why unity matters, they have country where citizens from around the world in millions make a living from while they contribute to her development and enhance the economy at the same time, they have moved on with the rest of the world deciding what is best for them and now in a position to dictate/take control of their life in a huge way in the international stage.
    The only comparison to Sri Lanka “was then and is now” is that she was even in a better position to have achieved all these a very long ago before Malaysia and Singapore has done but since we are still working out who came first to the island called Lanka few thousands of years ago then all have to wait for few more thousand years to come perhaps….hope humans will be left in “Mother Lanka” then to see all our exchange of thoughts to this mindful timely article too. Thank you Mr Harees.

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    Mahathir Jailed his opponent Anwar Ibrahim on cooked up.charges and severely ill treated by malaysian state.

    Medamulama despot Rajafucksa and gota jailed best army commander in the world sarath fonseka on cooked up charges and severly ill treated by the.srilankan military.

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    The reelection of a 92 year old reformed homophobe is the most depressing news to come out of the peninsula in recent times.

    Clearly, there is a shortage of smart young leaders who are able to impress and persuade the Malaysian voter to look to the future.

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    Mahathir was an oppressive ruler, like most of his regional counterparts, including Lee Kwan Yew.
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    On the plus side, he did the right thing for the economy by clamping down on foreign currency flow when it mattered, and spared Malaysia the sufferings of other SE Asian countries during the currency crisis.
    He stood up against US domination when it mattered for Malaysia.

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      SJ

      “Mahathir was an oppressive ruler, like most of his regional counterparts, including Mahathir was an oppressive ruler, like most of his regional counterparts, including Lee Kwan Yew..”

      Of course Mahathir and Lee Kwan Yew were oppressive leaders killing hundred of thousands of innocent people compared to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Sadammed Hussein, Mahinda & Gota, VP, ………………………………………Grandpa Kim, Pappa Kim, Baby Kim, ……………………

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    Just want to add one more item to earlier listing on the success of Malaysia……..she kept herself debt free even during several financial crisis in her journey since independence……..that is one of the reason she stood tall and absorbed all other issues that came her way head on with due diligence.

    When it comes to National dept we are in a different planet of our own…………we are slaves for a long time to come. That is why we never even get to discuss this….slaves are not allowed to discuss anything that matters to their well being correct?. Sorry it is the “slave rule” goes with our choice of being slaves…beggars can not be choosers they say.

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    Mahthir &Son has not much to brag , the problem is we are so one sided ,we know only one side of every story most of us Sri Lankans are still mature in pulling ourselves out of bias mindset .

    I recommend you do more research about him and his son’s businesses.

    And even worse his hypocrisy with Anwer’s case .

    So he is not so much Mr .Clean .

    LKY is the legend will live on

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