Mahathir’s Obsession with Malayness (Ketuanan Melayu) destroyed Vision 2020

February 21, 2016

Mahathir’s Obsession with Malayness (Ketuanan Melayu) destroyed Vision 2020–Mamakism and Mediocrity have taken over

by Boo Su-Lyn


Tun Musa Hitam says Malaysia’s goal to be a developed nation in four years’ time by 2020, is now ‘falling apart bit by bit but with alarming speed’. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Tun Musa Hitam says Malaysia’s goal to be a developed nation in four years’ time by 2020, is now ‘falling apart bit by bit but with alarming speed’. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam predicted the failure of Vision 2020 and blamed this on the man who envisioned the goal, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Musa, who was once deputy to Dr Mahathir, accused the country’s longest-serving prime minister of undermining the ideal by removing potential leaders and of retaining and training followers instead.

“It is ironical that Dr Mahathir’s vision is now certain to fail because of Dr Mahathir himself,” Musa said in a speech at the commemoration of the 113th birthday of Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, organised by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) here last night.

“Brilliant as he was, he forgot that in order to succeed, he needed to train leaders at all levels, but most important, political leaders. But his personal leadership record shows that he did away with all potential leaders, one by one and in groups, and retained and trained followers.And it is mostly these trained followers that had taken over the leadership of the country now. These trained followers are dedicated and loyal to whoever sits at the very top,” he added.

Musa lamented the state of affairs in Malaysia, saying that Vision 2020, Malaysia’s goal to be a developed nation in four years’ time by 2020, was now “falling apart bit by bit but with alarming speed”.

He said the current administration did not seem concerned about the state of affairs in the country.

“The only strong signals emanating from the leadership that show any sign of worry are the threats coming from them of ‘tightening’ selected security legislation, as well as legislation that seem to be aimed at free speech and the press, with some allegedly even constitutionally questionable,” said Musa.

The former Deputy Prime Minister did not give specific examples. However, human rights activists have recently expressed concern over the National Security Council Bill, the Sedition Act 1948 and proposed amendments to the Official Secrets Act 1972.

“In an open democratic, liberal, moderate country, the government could only be sustainable provided it is led by genuine democrats,” said Musa, who resigned as Deputy Prime Minister in 1986 due to “irreconcilable differences” with Dr. Mahathir.

“Once the leadership tries to restrict and control thoughts, behaviours and expressions, the autocrat thrives. And, when a leader imposes himself and demands unquestioning loyalty accompanied by loss of respect of good governance, human rights and the rule of law, as well as not being considerate of the people’s welfare, the ugly head of dictatorship appears,” Musa added.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad forgot that his Ultra-Malay Nationalism made the Malays Lazy so that they will remain dependent on UMNO and its corrupt leaders. According to Economists Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Dr. Terence Gomez, Mahathir invented Malay crony capitalism. His policies were a huge success in  creating a rent seeking Malay polity. Both Prime Ministers, Badawi and Najib, were the product of his policies. Now he has the audacity to complain. Too late and that is our national tragedy. We have not heard any Malaysian complain about Tunku Abdul Rahman’s leadership and character. This is because the Tunku was a Prime Minister with compassion and integrity who had no problem with his identity. –Din Merican

Vision 2020 was announced by Dr Mahathir when tabling the Sixth Malaysia Plan in 1991 and its objective of transforming Malaysia into a developed nation remains part of the current administration’s goals.

Dr Mahathir said last June that he did not expect Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak’s administration to achieve Vision 2020, claiming that the government was focusing too much on using per capita income to measure development.

11 thoughts on “Mahathir’s Obsession with Malayness (Ketuanan Melayu) destroyed Vision 2020

  1. What Mahathir did should surprise no one. Go to India, politicians like him dime and dozen. After Mahathir, the Malays dream of their Narendra Modi unable to accept a Lee Kuan Yew or Deng Xiao Peng.

    There is no Modi for Malays, a religo version from PAS would destroy us all and that is very possible

  2. Here we go again. Another article to subtly justify Najib’s crimes but saying that it was Mahathir who screwed things up years ago.

    I believe many will agree that Mahathir screwed up but that does not mean Najib has a blank cheque to rape the country and should be allowed to continue to do it unabatedly.

    We have robber who is currently ransacking our house and we are blaming the old robber who did the same decades ago, instead of catching the thief who is now in our house. How silly!!!!

  3. I always said old fox is the curse of this country. Putting him to Kajang rest house is too kind to him. He deserves N Korea type of treatment. There, uncle also no give face, executed by multiple machine gunning

  4. Best scenario — but unlikely to happen.

    1. The 1PM resigns
    2. A caretaker PM takes over — a person acceptable to both
    UMNO Baru-BN and the Opposition
    3. Free and fair General Election is held — under observation by
    international observers
    4. After the GE14, the new government gets cracking IMMEDIATELY on
    attending to the growing economic crisis, worsening unemployment
    and underemployment, accelerating inflation, dwindling forex
    reserves, weakening ringgit etc.

  5. Jeff,
    I thought you are talking about nicolae ceausescu and his wife. Such event would be more suited for Najib and his spouse.

    Facts : nicolae ceausescu and his wife were summarily executed after a show trial.

  6. Phua, I like your “best scenario” but, as you has rightly said, it’s not likely to happen. Not with a thieving band of Umnoputras waiting impatiently in the shadow ready to grab whatever is left of the country’s riches.

    On the political front, one bumbling idiot after another comes on the scene to, not only confuse the rakyat, but to say things which my 3-year-old grand son would even cringe.

    Vision 2020? I feel it’s more like Vision Kaput…

  7. Mr. Musa, less talk more action. What you are saying is common knowledge to many. So stop the talk and do something. You have all the credentials, biggest of which you are not a Pendatang.

  8. /// Muthu February 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm
    Here we go again. Another article to subtly justify Najib’s crimes… ///

    Are we reading the same article?

  9. We will be naive to entertain the idea that we can address the issues of the day by bashing YAA Tun. The longer we prolong the present the light of hope will retire and we will muddle along the middle until the middle of this century.

  10. looes74 – The comparison to Ceausescu and wife seems apt. A Romanian ex-colleague of mine said that the “trial “was held in secret and was over in about half an hour. Odd thing is, after they were executed, the very next day the death penalty was scrapped for good. My ex-colleague then adds that even though the dictator was dead, the hangers-on around him largely escaped punishment and continued to control the country from behind the scenes. Not sure what to make of that …

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