“Mahathir appears to be insinuating that one is never too big for his boots, that behaving as if one is more powerful, important or influential than one actually is will ultimately bring about disaster when one is faced with a menace one cannot control”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
محضير سأوله-اوله سيندير تياد سياڤا ترلالو بركواس، ڤنتيڠ اتاو برڤڠاروه
The great powers of the world have spent trillions of dollars to develop sophisticated weapons with improved killing power but have been brought down to their knees by an enemy they cannot see.
This is according to former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who took to his blog yesterday, lamenting the manner in which these powers glorify their capacities to destroy enemies and other collaterals at the expense of others.
“They are sure that in a war they would be able to kill more of their enemies than their own warriors.
“But as they produce newer and better weapons, their enemies come up with better defensive and offensive weapons.
“And more billions had to be spent to overcome the defence while new offensive weapons are invented, produced and deployed.
“Then the enemy struck. The enemy had no weapons of any kind. But so powerful is the enemy that Kings and Presidents, Generals and strategists ran helter-skelter for refuge in their homes. They dare not come out.
“All those powerful weapons afford them no protection. They are totally useless to protect their lives, their health and their wealth. Nowhere in the world can they be safe. They cannot even be near each other. They have to hide their beautiful faces behind masks. The ugly ones rejoiced.
“And the enemy, which defeated these great powers cannot even be seen. They are so small that they can only be seen through a microscope. Yet, they can send the most powerful people shivering with fear.
“That is the Nouvelle Coronavirus. It is capable of wiping out all humans in the world. The only defensive weapons are soap and water, gloves and mask, social distances, and stopping work and stopping making money. Many will starve to death as access to food is cut off,” he said.
Mahathir went so far as to list down some of the ‘accomplishments’ by the great powers before pointing out that their ‘outward progress’ was no match to the ‘enemy within’ that made no distinction between rich and poor, developed and downtrodden.
“The great civilisation we have built, the fantastic technologies we have developed, the great wealth of individuals, the luxurious life-style of private yachts and private planes, the palaces and holiday homes, the speed of travel, the connectivity, all these would change if not disappear.
“A new life will develop, a life constrained by the fear of pandemics, the sudden painful death, the limitation on travel and holiday will replace the norm. In everything there will be new normals.
“The enemy is microscopic but the effect is massive, more than the wars of the world. The great powers will be helpless before these microscopic creatures. Power no longer belongs to the rich and the developed. All those weapons of mass destruction cannot match the destruction by these microscopic creatures.
“There is definitely a lesson to be learnt here. What the lesson will be is left to each and everyone of us. “
Mahathir appears to be insinuating that one is never too big for his boots, that behaving as if one is more powerful, important or influential than one actually is will ultimately bring about disaster when one is faced with a menace one cannot control.
That menace could be a growing dissent by a people or a group of people one may not be able to see or identify. This is assuming, of course, that Mahathir was drawing parallels between the pandemic and the present political crisis afflicting the nation.
It could well be that he was simply saying it as it is without drawing any parallels whatsoever to national politics.