Refer to Malaysiakini.com:
In the prologue to ‘Dr Mahathir's Selected Letters to World Leaders’, he writes: "It did not cross my mind that after I left (office in October 2003), there would be such a change as to make pleasing the prime minister more important than anything else."
Referring to the state of media freedom under the Abdullah administration, Mahathir writes that news in the mainstream media is “so censored and spun by spin doctors that the prime minister cannot possibly know the feelings and frustrations of the majority of the people ... fortunately for the government, Malaysians abhor violence when expressing their anger”.
He then notes: “So things must become much worse before they would show their (people's) true feelings in any way. In the meantime, the sycophants will continue to enjoy their day. Poor Malaysia!"
I am looking forward to read his newly launched book. It is interesting to read the prognosis of a former premier who is credited with much of our democratic destruction in the last two decades.
Remnants of the destruction are now catching up with the ex-premier - the VK Lingam's scandalous tape. I am sure more scandals will be unveiled if the current premier decided that he had enough of Dr Mahathir.
One should remember that Abdullah is warming a seat, entrapped with all its power and influence, created by Dr Mahathir. By his own doing, all check-and-balance systems are not working eventhough they may be in place on paper. Both UMNO and the executive are popping their noses into every aspect of Malaysian life. Never in the history of Malaysia, politicians are so influential in this country.
Perhaps someone should write a book reminding Dr Mahathir about all his past (mis)deeds and abuse of power.
The people are not meek by nature but they were cowed into this behaviour by the administration and Dr Mahathir was the administration's chief architect. No thanks to you.
Yes, Malaysia is poorer as a result of your actions. The current premier is merely trying to emulate Dr Mahathir.