“Yes, desperate times call for desperate measures, and Mahathir is desperate. Seeing that the lawsuit Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang brought against Clare Rewcastle Brown in London caused Sarawak Report’s readership to plummet, the former premier didn’t want to take any more chances and decided to latch Kay Tat on to the South China Morning Post. Now, who do you think the Malays will blame for the fluff the Hong Kong based daily is dishing out against Najib and UMNO if not Robert Kuok, the country’s number one billionaire?”
THE THIRD FORCE
The Oxford dictionary defines nostalgia – in part – as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.” Wistful, on the other hand, denotes “a feeling of vague or regretful longing,” meaning, nostalgia is at best an emotional response that isn’t guided by objectivity or an innate desire to seek the truth. Under the circumstances, if your choice of a Prime Minister is driven by nostalgia, all you’re going to end up with is a country run by opportunists who know that you’re gullible and inclined to believe anything and everything under the sun.
Only then will you refrain from letting personal feelings cloud your judgments, particularly those having to do with the future of the country. As long as you stay objective, you will not be swayed by the fake news people like Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his loyalists are paying people to convey. The more you seek the truth, the faster you will see that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak is quite the reformist and not the demon they’re saying he is.
And that’s what the Mahathirists don’t want our youth to see.
Quite the opposite, they prefer that the youth be fed with such rubbish that devils can be made to look like angels, and angels, devils. They believe that the social media can be used to accomplish this and are paying a cyber team to idolise Mahathir to messianic proportions. Their plan is to spark in our youth a selfish longing for a time in the past that they’re saying existed, but in fact, never did.
Thanks to them, the 14th general election (GE14) isn’t going to be a referendum to decide if or not Malaysians appreciate the reforms Najib put in place. Instead, the poll will serve as the vox populi on whether or not our youth believes that the country is better off today than it was in the eighties and nineties. That having been said, if the writings on the wall are anything to go by, the Mahathirists can already start packing their bags and look for another country to live in.
Yes, every indicator points to the idea that Najib is winning the media war. Thanks to his truth campaigns, our young have heard all about the eighties and the nineties and how it was an era of oppression and suppression. They’ve been told about the manipulation of media and how the arms of chief editors were twisted to distort truths. But more than that, they’re freaked out by YouTube footages that suggest the former premier has plans to censor the internet (see video below).
The youth no longer believes that the internet will be free from censorship assuming Pakatan Harapan wins the election
And that has Mahathir worried.
So worried, he turned to one of his closest aides for help after discovering that the Faridah Begum run Insight (The Malaysian Insight) was closing shop for good. One thing led to another before the former premier entered an agreement with Ho Kay Tat, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd. Following the agreement, the Edge CEO agreed to serve the South China Morning Post (SCMP) as principal strategist to plan assaults against Najib and UMNO.
Yes, desperate times call for desperate measures, and Mahathir is desperate. Seeing that the lawsuit Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang brought against Clare Rewcastle Brown in London caused Sarawak Report‘s readership to plummet, the former premier didn’t want to take any more chances and decided to latch Kay Tat on to SCMP. Now, who do you think the Malays will blame for the fluff the Hong Kong based daily is dishing out against Najib and UMNO if not Robert Kuok, the country’s number one billionaire?
And the more the Malays lash out at Kuok, the more the DAP will blame UMNO for “tarnishing the reputation of a man the Chinese refer to as their icon.” It’s a brilliant strategy, really. On the one hand, Mahathir gets yet another foreign media to train its guns on Najib and UMNO. On the other, he gets to trigger animosity between the Chinese and the Malays by turning UMNO against Kuok. And should the MCA refrain from taking sides, the DAP will accuse its leaders of betraying the Chinese and importune the community to boycott the party.