…and the fiddlers are just a bunch of nervous editors.
I find their latest editorial piece rather perplexing to say the least. In a nutshell, they are urging Tun Dr Mahathir to sue everyone that had tarnished his image and reputation.
This is clearly a red herring. An act to cover up the idiotic gamble Barry Wain, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang et al had played for the past 2 weeks.
And with the opposition-aligned Malaysian Insider fully on the bandwagon through this editorial piece below, we can safely be assured that Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan and Brendan Pereira are contributing their handiwork to lend some feeble ammunition for the opposition.
Now get this, the opposition, through their unofficial mouthpiece – The Malaysian Insider, DO NOT WANT the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to be set up!
Now who was the one who accused and sullied Mahathir’s name with this RM100 billion wastage?
A week ago who called for the RCI to be established?
Lim Kit Siang.
Who had agreed for the RCI to be established?
Who had agreed to be judged?
Who should prepare all the documentary proof of the alleged corruption?
Who will be sued all the way back to the middle ages if Barry Wain could not prepare all the documentary evidence of this accusation so that the RCI can start its investigation?
Barry Wain, Lim Kit Siang and MalaysiaKini (does Malaysian Insider want to be part of this group as well?)
Who has more guts to go along with this RCI that was suggested by Lim Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim?
Now who are the cowards that suddenly made a u-turn on their own suggestion?
Lim Kit Siang (based on his twitter) and Malaysian Insider (based on the editorial below):
DEC 25 — All said and done, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s acerbic and impassioned defence of his administration boils down to one thing. That he should sue those who defame him for saying otherwise of his 22-years in power.
He should sue Barry Wain, the former editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal who wrote Malaysian Maverick which alleged the feisty medical doctor “burned” up to RM100 billion as prime minister.
He should sue DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, which he had reserved the right to, for claiming the same.
He should sue them for defamation if he believes he has been defamed. Dr Mahathir’s excuse that he isn’t like the litigatious Singaporean leaders does not hold water. What is he afraid of?
He should just put to rest, once and for all, all the speculation about his years in power. Not call for another Royal Commission to probe him and his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Malaysia has had enough of wasting money on Royal Commissions, whose recommendations are ignored. The police management and VK Lingam video clip inquiries comes to mind.
The government of the day is already grappling with the fallout of the theft of two jet engines belonging to the RMAF’s F-5E squadron. It has to deal with an economy that is way behind its neighbours.
It shouldn’t waste time and money to assuage a vexed Dr Mahathir that his administration did not waste RM100 billion. After all, some of the current Cabinet ministers come from his and Abdullah’s time.
Would they feel different now apart from ignoring his wish for Science and Mathematics to be taught in English? Not when they still think building three iconic 100-storey buildings in Kuala Lumpur would provide a fillip for the economy. Or getting a RM628 million trade centre is worth government land that is potentially worth RM15 billion.
There is no dilemma here. Dr Mahathir has to do this alone. He has to sue to clear his name. The smirks, caustic and snide remarks in a blog isn’t enough to clean up his reputation except among his ardent admirers.
Come on, Malaysian maverick. Go sue those who sully your name. Just do it.
In the recent article, I wrote in the last paragraph:
The last thing we need to see is Kit Siang lambasting a Royal Commission of Inquiry by questioning that it ultimately won’t be impartial or lacking integrity even before it is being set up – just to save his face.
Malaysian Insider has proved that they tried to save the opposition from being labeled as cowards by lambasting the RCI even before it existed.
In the first place, the setting up of RCI is not “to assuage a vexed Dr Mahathir that his administration did not waste RM100 billion.”
It is to test Barry Wain’s and all the opposition’s claims that Mahathir was the person solely guilty of losing that RM100 billion, if there such amount anyway. The RCI was not initially suggested by Mahathir anyway. The onus is not on the ‘vexed’ Mahathir. It is falls squarely on to the people who suggested the RCI. And who suggested it first? That’s right. The very person who is now feeling a bit jittery.
And the lamest spin of all is them saying that the previous recommendations of the VK Lingam RCI are ignored, purportedly to the benefit of Mahathir himself. But what are these recommendations the bumbling Malaysian Insider are talking about that could cancel Lim Kit Siang’s suggestion?
Below are the recommendations:
What in high heavens would the recommendations above got to do with Mahathir in the first place? That particular RCI did not find Mahathir guilty of any sorts anyway. Therefore, whether the recommendations are executed or ignored, it will not affect Mahathir.
The reason why all these buffoons do not want the RCI and licking back their own spit is because Mahathir had agreed for all the documentary proof to be brought in for the RCI to investigate.
This will surely make all those that had been screaming for democracy, transparency and good governance to be undressed in public as their hands are also soiled when they were in the government back then.
The best way is for Barry Wain to present his substantiated claims in the RCI. And for God’s sakes Malaysian Insider, the RCI should also investigate the period from 2004 onwards as well. Unless of course the opposition now is no longer interested in trying to unveil any corruption that they themselves had claimed very rampant from 2004 onwards.
Is this true? Those that screamed in Malaysia Today, in Malaysia Kini around 3 to 4 years ago regarding the corrupt government no longer think it is necessary to do so?
If this is not true, then transparency and good governance must prevail at all times.
Mahathir is not afraid of the RCI.
Neither should his successor or the opposition. Malaysian Insider should be asked the same question that they asked Mahathir – what are you afraid of? Feeling a tad bit vexed yourselves are you?
The opposition is caught with their pants down. Anwar Ibrahim and his horde of underlings will surely be implicated if the RCI that they suggested is eventually set up. Now, by crook or by crook, these crooks must ensure they tarnish this RCI even before it is being established.
Cowards and spineless people usually do these sort of things. And some people think cowards and spineless people can become better leaders!