By Raja Petra Kamarudin
Dr Mahathir: 'Malaysians must have fighting spirit'
(Bernama) - Malaysians must have fighting spirit and strong character to ensure that they are able to stand up and defend the country against its enemies, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former prime minister said Malaysians must also be prepared to fight for a cause, for oneself and for their families, and should not be defeated easily.
It was his principle in life that whatever happens, "we must fight, win and able to stand up again", he told reporters after launching his memoir "A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad", here Tuesday.
The trouble with most Malaysia Today readers is that they will disagree with everything Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says even when he’s right. And in that same spirit they will agree with whatever the opposition leaders say even when they are wrong.
We must be able to agree when agreement is due and agree to disagree when disagreement is due -- or else we will be just like cattle with a herd mentality.
Take what Dr Mahathir said above: Malaysians must have fighting spirit and strong character to ensure that they are able to stand up and defend the country against its enemies.
Okay, before you get your knickers all twisted into knots, stop, take a deep breath, and reflect on what Dr Mahathir just said. And pray tell what is wrong with what he said? What he said is absolutely right. Malaysians must have fighting spirit and strong character to ensure that they are able to stand up and defend the country against its enemies.
Now, who does Dr Mahathir mean by ‘enemies of the country’? Let me list them down, although not necessarily in order of priority.
Top of the list are politicians who abuse their power, are corrupted, and steal the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The majority of these people would be in Barisan Nasional although there are also a few in Pakatan Rakyat.
These people can be classified as ‘Enemy Number One’ whom we need to defend Malaysia against. Therefore we need to kick them out come the next election. And to do that we would need to register as voters and make sure that we come out to vote.
Next on my list would be corrupt civil/public servants, Ministers included. They are costing the country a lot of money, money that could have instead be used to improve health care, educational facilities, roads, and whatnot.
Schools, hospitals and housing for the poor could have been built with the billions that the country has wasted over the last 35 years since the mid-1970s. Malaysia has earned and spent an estimated RM2,000 billion since the mid-1970s. That is two trillion ringgit of OUR money.
Third on my list are bigots, racists, religious freaks intolerant of those not of their religious beliefs, Malaysians who judge other people according to their warped standards, hypocrites who condemn others but are devils disguised as angels, the holier than thou who think they know best the road to heaven and hell, and all those people you would never invite to your party.
Fourth would be the cakap banyak (talk too much) people who have so much bad things to say about the government but do not do their duty in changing the government.
You find many of these people getting drunk at the Long Bar in Selangor Club. They will foam at the mouth and preach to you about what is wrong with the country but have never voted in their life. Some are not even registered as voters.
Fifth are those who agree that the country is going to the dogs but will still vote for the government they condemn because of cari makan reasons (looking after their stomach).
Some of these people will argue that it is better that we support the devil we know than an angel we don’t know. They will say that at least with a corrupt government we can get things done by paying ‘under the table’. In short, corruption facilitates what would not be possible with a clean government.
Sixth on my list are judges who rule based on what is good for their careers and to ensure their promotion is not blocked and that they would not instead be sent into ‘cold storage’. These judges will do what the political masters want and not what the law stipulates.
Seventh are the corrupt police officers who serve the political masters, protect the underworld, assassinate ‘criminals’ who they can’t get enough evidence to put on trial, and put in jail on trumped up charges all those who oppose the government.
Eighth is the Election Commission that ensures Barisan Nasional will never be defeated by running a fraudulent election.
Ninth is the Anti-Corruption Commission that makes sure all corrupt Barisan Nasional politicians escape punishment while they fabricate charges against opposition politicians and send them to jail.
Tenth are the editors of the mainstream electronic and print media who turn TV/radio stations and newspapers into a propaganda arm of the ruling party.
There are or course many more enemies of the country such as BTN, VCs of universities, Chinese ‘running dogs’ of Umno, Indian ‘mandores’ of Barisan Nasional, etc., who are doing a great disservice to the country. Nevertheless, the top ten I listed above are the enemies of Malaysia whom Dr Mahathir said we must defend the country against.
So, how can we disagree with Dr Mahathir? What the Tun said is absolutely true and when he says something true we must agree with him. We must defend Malaysia against these enemies of the country. And there are many such enemies who we need to defeat.
As Dr Mahathir said: Malaysians must also be prepared to fight for a cause, for oneself and for their families, and should not be defeated easily.