Years of living under Dr Mahathir's absurdity had created all sorts of ridiculous slogans, unrealistic grand visions, skewed social agenda and biased race supremacy.
Mahathir had tried to build a modern Malaysia based on petroleum dollar, race affirmative action, communitarian politics and authoritarian leadership. The outcome is obvious; Malaysia is a laggard.
Brains and funds have continued to flow out of the country. The current uproar on the use of 'Allah' by Christian bibles and publications is a prime example of the country's priority.
Race tensions remain high and extreme race organisations such as Perkasa and many others continue to jump on any opportunity to create a ruckus and to pressure the government to keep the wedge between Malay Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera wider.
Malaysia is not only losing its attractiveness as a FDI destination, losing its brains but also its prestige and allure as a successful and progressive multiracial nation. Partially, this is a result of a nascent and under developed civil society or a silent and non-responsive Middle Malaysia.
Yet Malaysia's losses, brains and funds, are treated casually by the present government whose policy direction and political model were largely moulded from the Mahathir era.
Mahathir's rule had the most significant impact on the attitude, mentality and approach of current Barisan/UMNO leadership and its followers.
It seems the grand old man of politics has created yet another absurdity by claiming that the 9/11 attacks in the United States, that killed nearly 3,000, was staged as an excuse to “mount attacks on the Muslim world”, saying killing as an excuse for war is not new to the US.
“In September 2001, the World Trade Centre was attacked allegedly by terrorists. I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is strong evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar, they can make anything,” said Dr Mahathir.
By equating the movie Avatar to the staging of 911 terrorist attacks on US has finally confirmed that Dr M's opinions are best left to keep him company in his old age than for mass consumption.
If Dr M has the evidence, he should have not have taken almost a decade to announce the conspiracy. As an ex-PM and a UMNO strongman, his latest allegations may create yet another round of illogical and unrealistic reactions from the community which may turn to sour the relationship between US-Malaysia.
We have had enough bad news with the use of 'Allah' row and do not need another controversy from Dr M.
In his twilight years, Dr M should focus on how to address the souring race and religious relations in the country. He should have advocated for a truly united, fair and just Malaysia.
Foremost, he should have taken more cognisance of his own legacy and try to salvage whatever positive contributions left so that the society can remember him more favourably.