Mahathir is the Godfather of corruption, not unity (MUST READ)

Pictured here is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Godfather of Corruption in Malaysia. Source (pic): TTF

Thanks to Mahathir, we have two new Malay-majority parties as add-ons to the original two (UMNO and PAS), all claiming to represent the rights and privileges of the Malays.

So you can imagine how frustrating it is to listen to the old man say that Malay parties should all join PPBM for the sake of uniting the Malays.

How can we ever trust a man who speaks of Malay unity but sleeps in the same bed with the DAP, a party that’s hell bent on splitting the Malay-Muslims into as many warring factions as possible?


SUBANG JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a hypocrite for asking Malay parties to join PPBM for the sake of unity when it is he who helped weaken that unity by promoting factionalism within the Malay-Muslim political landscape.

Even before becoming Prime Minister, in 1979, he began nurturing a culture of corporate elitism within UMNO, turned the young Turks in the party against the aristocrats and got division and branch leaders to latch on to the coattails of his cronies.




After having cheated the late Tun Hussein Onn of his premiership, Mahathir began infusing UMNO with crony-capitalist and corporate elitist doctrines and promoted only those who were corrupt and money-hungry into positions of influence.

By feeding these money-hungry politicians with contracts negotiated through kitchen doors, he made sure that the party had multiple cabals of yes-men who would never hesitate to step on one another just to achieve positions of control.

But he kept the dirty book on each and every one of them. That allowed him to keep a tab on all their activities, save for one, who also had the dirty book on him.

Enter Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

In 1987, Razaleigh put together a team of disgruntled UMNO members and leaders before challenging Mahathir for the post of party president.

Razaleigh’s camp came to be known as Team B, while Mahathir’s camp took on the role of chief antagonist, or Team A.

Mahathir was hell bent on winning the UMNO election and spent an obscene amount of money just to keep his supporters by his side.

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The election came and went. Despite rumours that Razaleigh had won, Mahthir was declared the winner by a 43-vote margin.

Furious, Razaleigh’s men accused Mahathir of rigging the election and demanded that he call for a new one.

But not only did Mahathir ignore their demand, he purged all members of Team B from the Malaysian Cabinet at one go.

That angered Razaleigh’s men even more and prompted 12 of them to file a lawsuit seeking a court order to void the election.

In justifying the call, the 12 argued that 78 of the 1,500 delegates who voted during the election belonged to branches that weren’t even registered with the Registrar of Societies.

They further alleged that some documents related to the election had been “tampered with” by members of Team A.

Seeing that the 12 had a strong case, Mahathir began attacking the judiciary and accused several High Court judges of submitting to public opinion.

Shortly after, he reassigned the judges to different divisions, including Justice Harun Hashim, who was then hearing the UMNO case.

However, Harun’s transfer could not take effect until proceedings related to the case were completed.

When it became apparent that Team B would win, Mahathir decided that if he couldn’t get the UMNO he wanted, he wouldn’t let Razaleigh get it either.

So he entered a deal with the then head of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) who quietly allowed him to register “UMNO Baru” despite the original UMNO still being in existence.

Hours then turned into days before Harun dismissed Team B’s lawsuit by citing Article 41 of the Societies Act 1966.

According to him, the Article clearly stated that any society would automatically become “unlawful” if any of its branches were not registered with the Registrar of Societies.

Harun then reasoned that he had ‘no choice’ but to declare UMNO “an unlawful society.” In one sense, that gave Razaleigh what he wanted, as the UMNO election was effectively voided.

However, Razaleigh no longer had an UMNO to rejoice the decision with as Harun had declared the party illegal.

Still, none of that upset Razaleigh as much as the announcement of “UMNO Baru” within a fortnight of Harun’s decision.

It immediately became clear to him that Mahathir had struck a deal with the RoS to kill both UMNO Lama and Team B with one stone.

There is much more to the story than what is written here, including the fact that Razaleigh himself wanted to name a new party he had in mind UMNO.

However, what is more important to note is that Mahathir destroyed the original UMNO and established a brand new one just to make sure that the party’s assets would remain under his control.

The new UMNO leadership comprised almost entirely of Team A members who went on to transfer the old UMNO’s assets into the new party over a span of one and a half years.

In the interim, Razaleigh formed a party of his own based on the “spirit of 1946” — the year the old UMNO was founded – and named it Semangat 46.

The party disbanded some years later.

Although the bulk of its members returned to UMNO, the Malays, who were already split owing to a decision taken by some Muslim clerics (who later formed PAS), were further divided into two permanently warring factions – those who believed in corporate elitism and those who didn’t.

Ten years later, Mahathir split UMNO yet again, this time, by sacking his then deputy, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

It bothered Mahathir that Anwar had gained significant ground among the moderates and conservatives who rejected the culture of crony capitalism and nepotism that formed the basis to his (Mahathir’s) survival.

Upon getting word of a coup plot, he decided that Anwar needed to go and buried his deputy under a heap of sodomy and corruption charges.

That led to the birth of reformasi and the subsequent rise of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, a pseudo-liberalist platform that was initially meant to springboard Anwar’s re-entry into UMNO by killing off Mahathirism.

However, PKR gradually became the anti-thesis to UMNO, or “what UMNO would have been” should Onn Jaafar have succeeded in turning the party into a multiracial outfit.

As if that didn’t cause enough destruction to the unity of the Malays, in 2016, Mahathir left UMNO Baru and got his men to establish PPBM.

He then used the new party to wage vicious attacks against UMNO Baru on the pretext that the party was harbouring a world-renowned ‘criminal-kleptocrat’, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.

That further split the Malays into two new groups – those who believed that Mahathir was “a better bet than Najib” to lead the country and those who believed that the former was the “Godfather of Corruption” and could never be forgiven.

Thanks to him, we now have two new Malay-majority parties as add-ons to the original two (UMNO and PAS), all claiming to represent the rights and privileges of the Malays.

So you can imagine how frustrating it is to listen to the old man say that Malay parties should all join PPBM for the sake of uniting the Malays.

How can we ever trust a man who speaks of Malay unity but sleeps in the same bed with the DAP, a party that’s hell bent on splitting the Malay-Muslims into as many warring factions as possible?

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