“Late last night, I attended a secret meeting between two influential associations in Penang that announced their collective decision to ditch the DAP in favour of Barisan Nasional. The agreement was sealed in ink and witnessed by me and the leaders of the associations. The reason given was that the Chinese wanted nothing to do with Mahathir and would never change their stand on the man they perceive to be an ‘Islamic fanatic’ who “would ruin Malaysia if given the chance to lead again”
THE THIRD FORCE
Humans are creatures of habit.
Their territorial instincts, hard coded into their genes, trace back to the prehistoric era where survival of the fittest decided who lived. Thanks to the cruel game evolution played on us, we were slow at adapting to positive changes in our surroundings and ended up focusing only on the negative. Today, the average man is more concerned with the hidden motives of the well-wisher than he is with the benevolence displayed by his sympathizer.
The inheritance of this evolutionary flaw goes hand in hand with the development of modern politics. The early caveman was more concerned with fending off the beast to protect his offspring and to stay alive. By the time communities grew and the family unit came together, he saw the need to preserve his territory and subscribed to a set of community rules.
But there was always the question of who made the rules.
As communities graduated into societies, man realized that no one set of rules satisfied everyone, that at some point, he was forced to meet the leader halfway on something or other. Given man’s innate tendency to dictate terms that suited him best, that meeting never came by easily. Rather, he was more focused on the ulterior motives of his leader than he was on the virtues of deliverance.
And that is how it has been over the centuries. The leader and his subject have habitually fueled each other’s negativity owing to their territorial instincts and need to survive. The more the subject doubted the leader, the more aggressive that leader became. And the more aggressive the leader was, the more the subject dismissed his virtues. It was a vicious cycle, really.
And it still is.
Thanks to the cycle, the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia has become so short that man now fills his day with nothing but the darkness of his thoughts. It’s an evolutionary flaw, really. So chronic is this flaw, a study conducted at UCLA revealed that of the 70,000 thoughts the average human has on any given day, 80 percent are negative, while 90 percent are carried to the next day.
That explains in part why the average Malaysian is fixated on negative news and why such coverage sells. Of course, the more the media converges on the negative, the more it fuels paranoia and keeps your Minah, Muthu and Chong feeling as if Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak is a goner. Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants so badly for you to believe this. In his mind, the more you believe it, the greater the likelihood that you’ll go with the flow and agree that Najib is corrupt.
Yes, Mahathir hopes that the Prime Minister will tick his last tock the minute election results are announced. To convince you that Najib is history, the former premier and his newfound bedfellows in Pakatan Harapan are fueling paranoia by feeding you fake news packaged as the ‘truth’. With the polls (GE14) looming just around the corner, they’re hoping that you won’t discover the truth in time to punish them at the voting booth for spreading hatred and misleading the masses.
Take the case of petrol subsidy for example.
Back in the eighties and nineties, Mahathir would impose tax on the commodity but tell Malaysians that he subsidized it for the benefit of all concerned. According to Dato’ Eric See-To, the former premier imposed “a sales tax of 19.64 sen per liter for diesel and 58.62 sen per liter for petrol for much of the 22 years he was in charge,” taxes that came atop the then existing 10 – 20 percent sales tax and six percent service tax. Despite this, we believed in the subsidy bullshxt because the price per barrel back in the eighties was many fold lower than it is today.
The deception allowed Mahathir to rob us in broad daylight without us knowing we were being robbed. Yet today, he wants you to think that the government’s BR1M handout is dedak, that in his day and time, we were far better off with petrol ‘subsidies’ and what have you. Check online, and you’ll actually find reports suggesting that the government did indeed ‘subsidise’ petrol back in the eighties and nineties. The former premier is relying on these false accounts to support the idea that the information he’s presenting you with today is the truth and nothing but the truth.
Yes, it’s time you guys woke up.
Should Mahathir ever become Prime Minister again, he’s going to abolish BR1M and reintroduce Bantuan Crony 1Mahathir (BC1M), an eighties enrichment scheme applicable only to members of the Mahathirist ‘club’. A recent assessment by a global intelligence team valued the club’s net worth at USD72.7 billion, locked in assets of various categories all around the globe. Unless the former premier rids the government of Najib by 2023, George Soros is planning to dispose 55 percent of those assets and make sure that Mahathir and his men never lay their hands on the USD40 billion ever again.
Under the circumstances, if anyone is going to burst into flames anytime soon, that person has got to be Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the godfather of corruption in Malaysia. Late last night, I attended a secret meeting between two influential associations in Penang that announced their collective decision to ditch the DAP in favour of Barisan Nasional. The agreement was sealed in ink and witnessed by me and the leaders of the associations. The reason given was that the Chinese wanted nothing to do with Mahathir and would never change their stand on the man they perceive to be an ‘Islamic fanatic’ who “would ruin Malaysia if given the chance to lead again.”
Now, did I not tell you that humans are creatures of habit?