Mahathir, RCI Sabah and Project IC: Lies, Lies, Nothing but Lies


September 14, 2013

Mahathir, RCI Sabah and Project IC: Lies, Lies, Nothing but Lies

by Mariam Mokhtar (09-13-13) @ http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Mahathir is evil because we encourage him…Are we going to continue to accept his lies and half-truths time and time again? Or are we going to pressure the Judiciary and the few men of integrity left in this institution to punish those who are guilty of treason? It is our responsibility to change our destiny.–Mariam Mokhtar

drmProject IC: Saya Dah Lupa, Tanya Anwar La

Former Prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lack of contrition, is breathtaking but not totally unexpected. We have lost all trust in our politicians, because of him. He stultified our minds, with 40 years of brainwashing.

During his tenure, money greased the wheels of government. Knowledge, or the acquisition of knowledge was restricted, so that in time, he could become master of a compliant rakyat. This is what we have been reduced to, a nation of yes-men who are powerless to act, in the face of mounting recalcitrance.

Mahathir’s 90 minute performance at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Sabah’s illegal immigrant problem, is testimony of his arrogance. He believes that he is invincible. As the 209th witness at the RCI, he behaved like an arrogant buffoon. He showed his contempt for the proceedings, the court and the rakyat.

He denied any knowledge of Project IC and instead blamed low-ranking officers for issuing identity cards to foreigners. A weak leader is one who blames everyone else, including society, for things that went wrong. Should Mahathir be jailed for contempt of court and perjury?

Why has the head of the Civil Service kept quiet? Why is the union which represents the civil servants, not publicly defended the good name of its members?

More often than not, UMNO Baru politicians use and abuse the civil servants to further their political agendas but when Mahathir insults the civil servants, not one UMNO Baru politician has dared to protect them.

What of the junior civil servants themselves? Have they protested their innocence? Is it any wonder politicians like Mahathir have nothing but contempt for people who keep quiet when bullies ravage their reputations.

The day after his testimony, Mahathir insinuated that Anwar Ibrahim, his one-time Deputy, was responsible for Project IC. Mahathir said, “He was in the government, he knew the government’s policy. If that was the government’s policy, why didn’t he stop it?”

As some people get older, they enter their second childhood. Mahathir’s childish response is perhaps, a manifestation of this second childhood. He is like the spoilt child who wants to be the centre of attraction. At times, he acts like the neglected child craving affection, by playing guessing games.

When asked by reporters if he was referring to Anwar, Mahathir sneered, “Maybe”. Is giving a direct answer beyond Mahathir’s comprehension? His supercilious response is like the child who is privy to a secret and feels superior to everyone else.

Mahathir’s legacy

Any member of the rakyat who goes to a government department is aware that no decision is made without the approval of a civil servant with authority. Senior staff await orders from the top.

Mahathir claimed not to know anything about Project IC. What sort of PM was he, who did not know what was happening in his country? Hundreds of thousands, were given MyKads.

This mammoth operation needed clearance from the highest authority in the land. Mahathir must try harder if he thinks he can continue to pull the wool over our eyes.

By the same token, the rakyat must try harder to remove all traces of Mahathir and his legacy, if this country is to move forward without the politics of division and mistrust.

UMNOUMNO Baru

In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah challenged Mahathir in the UMNO party elections, but believing the outcome to be tainted, took his fight to the courts. The old UMNO party was declared illegal as it had not registered some of its branches.

Ku Li started his own party Semangat 46, whilst Mahathir formed UMNO Baru. The vindictive Mahathir dismissed the Lord President of the Supreme Court and castrated the judiciary with a rusty knife. Ku Li is now back in the UMNO Baru fold. Situation normal then?

Anwar launched an attack on Mahathir when he wanted the government to adopt an austerity package and he opposed a number of Mahathir’s fiscal measures in the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.

Mahathir threw Anwar in jail on trumped-up charges of sodomy, insubordination and corruption, but he was freed and later cleared of these charges, when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became PM.

In 2013, the Opposition won the popular vote, but massive cheating returned UMNO Baru to power. Handouts like BR1M and other petty cash bribes are enough to dull the average Malaysian mind.

Now that UMNO Baru has broken all the promises it made before GE13, some who voted for UMNO Baru have finally realised their mistake. What about the rest? Are they still in denial?

A few years ago, Mahathir claimed that he had opposed Operation Lalang, the sweep to imprison his critics in 1987. He said that it was instigated by the Police, a charge confirmed by Hanif Omar, the IGP during Mahathir’s tenure. Close buddies will come to each other’s aid.

Similarly, Mahathir denied that he had a hand in the Memali massacre of 1985 and blamed Musa Hitam, his Deputy. The trend is that Mahathir ‘disappears’, when something nasty happens.

Changing our destiny

Mahathir denied that there was any corruption in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project when billions of ringgits were lost.Mahathir claimed not to remember his role in the VK Lingam scandal, where judges who were aligned to him were selected for higher office.

People who testified in the Sabah RCI, claimed that Mahathir gave the nod to open the flood gates and allow Filipinos and Indonesians who were Muslims, to be given ICs.

Mahathir betrayed the rakyat and altered the face, culture and genetic pool of our country. He poisoned our trust in politicians.

Mahathir has consistently lied in other RCIs, despite the evidence that was presented in court. Mahathir equates himself with UMNO Baru, which in turn, identifies itself with the Malays, who have this notion that Malaysia belongs to them.

It does not! Malaysia belongs to rightful Malaysians.The problem is not Mahathir. The problem is us.  Mahathir is evil because we encourage him.

Are we going to continue to accept his lies and half-truths time and time again? Or are we going to pressure the Judiciary and the few men of integrity left in this institution to punish those who are guilty of treason? It is our responsibility to change our destiny.

Mariam Mokhtar is a FMT columnist.

21 thoughts on “Mahathir, RCI Sabah and Project IC: Lies, Lies, Nothing but Lies

  1. He must have a bad upbringing. If a child lies we can understand but here’s a grandfather, great grand father lying through his teeth? What kind of example is he setting for his children, grand children and great grand children?

  2. Only Malays can change the destiny of the country . The non Malays are muzzled and assigned to watch from the side-line.

  3. We deserve to be lied to… we deserve to be insulted…. we deserve to be robbed of our hard-earned taxes… we deserve the humiliation…. WHY? Because 47% amongst us are stupid enough to ask for another 50 years of being abused and insulted…. THAT’S WHY!!!!

    C’mon fellow Malaysians, stand up and be counted !!!

  4. Mahathir is accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties. A skillful liar.
    “Repeat a lie often enough and it will (be) believed.”
    - Quote attributed to Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany.

  5. “Mahathir is evil because we encourage him…Are we going to continue to accept his lies and half-truths time and time again? Or are we going to pressure the Judiciary and the few men of integrity left in this institution to punish those who are guilty of treason? It is our responsibility to change our destiny” –- Mariam Mokhtar

    Pressure the judiciary?? You’re barking up the wrong tree.

    You gotta charge the guy first. What for? Who is going to do it? That’s the job of Gay Patel and you know what the AG is all about. Private prosecution? There is no private prosecution in BolehLand. Treason? You can’t even get the guy for stealing a pencil.

  6. “He must have a bad upbringing. If a child lies we can understand but here’s a grandfather, great grand father lying through his teeth? What kind of example is he setting for his children, grand children and great grand children?” — Orang Malaya

    He lies so many times that he no longer knows the difference between truth and untruth. When pressed to tell the truth, he says he cannot remember. What he meant to say was he no longer knows what truth is.

  7. Dear Mariam,

    Much as I like very much of what you wrote and our common dislikes of this old goat we call madhater, I would like to recall some events which might be fair to all.

    I am sure we are acceptable to people been granted citizenship by virtue of registration when they cannot have it by virtue of birth, provided they met the criteria. Of course it would boost Umno membership as most of these new Sabahans are muslim from Mindanao and Indonesia.

    If we dig enough, Mahathir did advocate a quota of something like 200,000 if I can recall those days when I came across some reading that Pairin had agreed.

    The whole trouble began when the issuance went out of hand and it became a vending machine and not too long it went out of hand to increase by what some say 10x. The authorities knew some hanky panky going on and went after some senior officers, lock them through ISA but still unsolved.

    So now the Sabah authorities are suggesting a detail vetting of all Sabahans and re-issue Sabah’s version of MyKad to those who are bonafide. I thought this was the best option going forward. While doing so, we might be able to trace back those officials who have avoided by caught vending MyKad.

    So because of some unscrupulous senior officials out to get rich by breaching their duties in good faith, we go after the government of that time which include the old goat, his deputy, the homes affairs minister etc etc………what about the Chief secretary to the government and his top men in national registration.

    Give me a break la, the best option by Sabahan seems to be going into motion. Would we in this option also want to nap the senior officials who breached their duties and those who approved the non-eligible MyKad to serve as a severe warning to civil service?

  8. “Damn sick of this Indian Muslim!” — somu

    Tell that to Ali-fafa. Mahathir may not be an ethnic Malay but he is by constitutional definition a “Constitutional Malay” along with all the Banglas who tipped the scales for Najib in the GE. According to Ali-fafa the increasing numbers of ‘Constitutional Malays’ will restore racial homogeneity and racial harmony in BolehLand. The rest of you guys can just pack up and leave. It is a free country.

  9. “We deserve to be lied to… we deserve to be insulted…. we deserve to be robbed of our hard-earned taxes… we deserve the humiliation…. WHY? Because 47% amongst us are stupid enough to ask for another 50 years of being abused and insulted…. THAT’S WHY!!!!” — SiangMalam

    You’d do well to stop the intellectual masturbation. You may go blind. You don’t want that.

  10. “It is more like the DEVIL is in him. Can he be the SYAITAN himself ?” — Alias Zee

    Are you jokin’? The Old Goat is not about to give up the 72 virgins (dark eyed beauties) promised him when he appears at the Gates of Paradise.

  11. As long as the kampung folks believe all the dumno lies, malaysia will surely sink deeper n get sucked up by these jaws and sharks. It my be too late when the kampung folks wake from their slumber. Bangaladesh in the making.

  12. 72 dark eyed virgins.Mamak may forget after doing all and he will say “sudah lupa” and ask for 72 more. He may meet the same fate as the elderly guy in Muar yesterday who died after a session with a hooker. But can this keralite do it or not? 72 a lot oh!

  13. It’ s like the proverbial cat – who’s gonna bell the damn feline? Jibby and his Umnoputras? Forget these half-past-six-good-for-nothing politicians, they don’t even dare to whisper, as to quote Bean’s famous one-liner – “depa tak ada teloq”.

    It’ll take another mamak to undo the wrongs. That’s why Al Kutty is so damn scared of Anwar. The Melayus in Umno are as good as gone. They make good servants like the old days they were drivers and peons.

    Sedeh betul. Negeri sendiri digadai oleh Mamak Kerala depa maseh tak sedaq. Dok sebok pasai dunia akhirat. Apa nak jadi ni?

    Bean dan semper fi aka orang malaya aka apa lagi tolong jawab.

  14. Do not begrudge the Mamak of his ketuanan quota of 72 VIRGINS and maybe a few more extras !!! He is 80 ++ , two bypasses, a host of other medical problems,and thus must have been in orgasmic denial for the past two decades or so. So let him rip it off in the hereafter !!!

  15. “Are we going to continue to accept his lies and half-truths time and time again?”

    Errrr …. yes, of course!

    Malaysians generally comprised of armchair experts and wimps who do not dare to confront problems and speak out. We are all “humble people”, that’s what we are trying to cheat ourselves into believing. If our next door neighbour got rob, we will lock our house door and switch off all the lights until the robbers go away. That who we are!

  16. Tok Cik,

    Melayu kalau tak ada M ianya Layu sahaja. M stands for Mamak or Mahather (original spelling of his name) Orang Melayu are easy going and always “saya yang mengikut perintah” banyak sangat pantang larang, ini tak boleh, itu tak boleh, jangan lawan tokay, dah termakan budi etc etc sehingga terang terang nampak kesalahan but still in denial. Akhirnya Mengamuk, itu saja yang Melayu tau.

    Mahather has figured out a way to lead the Melayu by their noses, put a ring in their noses and like the proverbial lembu atau kerbau they can be easily be lead and misled. Those that show resistance are then bought out by lucrative contracts or appointment to certain positions. Imagine the ketua Mat Rempit now Chairman of Tabung Haji.

    Melayu are like the proverbial Hang Tuah, mati mati sokong, tapi sokong buta, tanya sokong apa? saya sokong, tak tau apa. Add with that the Islam factor, haram this, haram that and this fatwa and that fatwa and they easily believe all these fatwas issues by UMNO Ostats. They use Quran and Hadiths to scare the Malays into believing everything they say. Thats why it’s important not to just be able to recite the Quran like a tape recorder but also to understand what you are reciting.

    Then play this Ketuanan Melayu. If Malays are not the people in power Melayu akan hilang didunia. poorah. Melayu kalau betul betul berkebolehan tak kan hilang didunia Allah ni. There are many successful Melayus in all parts of the world in spite of them being a minority in the country of their residence. Ask Talent Corp and they will tell you where these Melayus are.

  17. Semper fi,

    Betul apa you kata tu. Melayu ni bukan aje mudah lupa mudah segala-gala nya. I woke up this morning and I saw my good wife watching TV 3 and then a Malay drama on TV 1. She, like her Melayu brethren, is easily swayed by these government-sponsored TV programmes. Kata apa pun dia tak dengar, bagitu juga dengan geng-geng dia.

    Mahathir’s maxim is very simple, “Keep the Malays poor and ignorant so we can continue to exploit them. Throw them some crumbs (Brim, Broom, Bram, NEP etc) and they will forever be beholden to you (re: Umno).” That’s how simple it is. Nak kata apa lagi?

  18. Why (he) blamed the civil sevice and the head of civil service not protects them? By convention in Malaysia (as in UK), the sitting Prime Minister is the Minister of Civil Service.

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