Mahathir has proven himself to be a very inconsistent man. He told a largely Chinese audience in Beijing that Malaysia must return to having a strong government to manage the global financial crisis and place the country back on the growth path. Mahathir's recipe for an economic success is the return of BN's two-thirds parliamentary majority.
In 2004, Abdullah won an unprecedented 91% parliamentary majority. Then, Mahathir had called for a stronger opposition, claiming that a government with an absolute majority will become corrupt. He was a proponent of a stronger opposition presence in parliament to play an effective check-and-balance role.
Now that his protege, Najib (with whom Mahathir got touchy-feely and kissy), has taken over the mantle of leadership the ex-strongman is calling for a chilly return of two-thirds majority.
Malaysia does not need a strong government which "could implement radical and unorthodox measures to recover because the government had two-thirds majority in Parliament to support its policies." Mahathir had enjoyed two-thirds majority throughout his rule but it did not inspire good and responsible policies.
Mahathir's privatisation, industrialisation and socio-economic programmes had created more bottlenecks, abuses, wastage and complacency than positive results. From highways, IPPs, and others, Malaysians are made to pay for the lopsided contracts signed by the government.
What Malaysia need is a responsible, transparent and efficient government. A government, which is entrusted by the people to govern, must respect the rights and needs of the people. We want a government which is capable of respecting and embracing the true democratic process, not to abuse it for its own preservation. The strong government during the Mahathir's era had destroyed our democratic fabric. ISA was used against mostly civilians and political opponents.
We need a government without the interference of Mahathir. Those who are trying to resurrect his influence and era are working against the strengthening of our democracy.