There was so much on Ku Li’s plate so he could not also do the job of Deputy Prime Minister at the same time. Ku Li told Hussein he will forgo his turn and become the Deputy Prime Minister when the next Prime Minister takes over. So the choice was now between Ghafar and Mahathir but since Ghafar lacked the proper educational background it was agreed that Mahathir, although he was number three, would be the new Deputy Prime Minister. When Mahathir becomes the Prime Minister then Ku Li will be his number two.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has committed more acts of betrayal than Anwar Ibrahim has committed acts of sodomy. And Anwar’s sexual crimes is a long list indeed. Mahathir has betrayed every Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister save Tun Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, but only because those two died early before Mahathir could betray them.
Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tun Musa Hitam, Tun Ghafar Baba and Anwar Ibrahim have all been victims of Mahathir’s betrayal. And now, of course, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are his latest victims.
Mahathir betrayed the Chinese. He used the Chinese as the whipping boy to get Malay support and after coming to power he did a U-turn and made many Chinese rich as hell. Suddenly the Chinese are no longer the Jews of Asia who should be kicked out of the country. The Chinese are Mahathir’s new friends who will help him rob the country.
The Chinese were actually pleasantly surprised by Mahathir’s U-turn. When Mahathir first became Prime Minister in 1981 they were bracing themselves for the worst. They were preparing themselves for an ethnic cleansing of sorts. What they discovered instead was a very Chinese-friendly Mahathir, at least as far as business and money was concerned.
When it appeared like the Malays were abandoning Umno in 1999, Mahathir turned on the Chinese and threatened them with another May 13 if Barisan Nasional does not retain its two-thirds majority in Parliament. So, while the Malays abandoned Umno, the Chinese stayed solid behind Barisan Nasional for fear of their lives. Mahathir at first agreed to all the Chinese educationists demands (to get their votes), and then, after the elections, he did a U-turn and called the Chinese educationists Communists and reneged on his promises.
Yet another betrayal the Chinese suffered at the hands of Mahathir and still they suck up to the old man.
Mahathir also betrayed the Rulers and the Judiciary and until today they have never forgotten this betrayal. Only the DAP Chinese and the Pakatuns have forgotten — or maybe they have not forgotten but they have no morals and principles so they do not care about maruah (dignity) and honour.
However, not all of Mahathir’s betrayals are as visible as that. Tengku Razaleigh a.k.a. Ku Li has a story to tell and he has told this story many times to whomsoever wishes to listen to it. And the betrayal Ku Li suffered is a work of art that political science students should be taught in school. That not only shows how dangerous and vicious Mahathir can be but that he can pat you on the back with one hand as he sticks the knife in your back with the other.
It all started when Tun Razak died in January 1976 and Tun Hussein took over as Malaysia’s third Prime Minister. Hussein needed a Deputy Prime Minister and he was going to choose Tun Ghazali Shafie as his new number two. But Ghazali was an ‘outsider’ — meaning he was not one of the three Umno Vice Presidents. The three Umno Vice Presidents were Ku Li, Ghafar, and Mahathir — in that order of priority based on the number of votes they won.