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DR M REGRETS WANTING 'MALAYS ONLY' M'SIA: 'At that time, I didn't see the greatness of Tunku's power-sharing'

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DR M REGRETS WANTING 'MALAYS ONLY' M'SIA: 'At that time, I didn't see the greatness of Tunku's power-sharing'
As someone who advocates internet censorship, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad now appeciates the alternative media he had cracked down on during his tenure.
While unrepentant on the need for internet censorshop, he told students at a dialogue yesterday that he appreciates the alternative media for giving him space to speak.
He claims that this is because mainstream media refuse to air his views, now that he is no longer in office.
"The alternative media gives people a chance to air their views which are not very much liked by the authorities.
"I must say this because I am now not with the authorities, I am not on the other (authorities') side.
"I still want my blog to be there so I am saying things that maybe I may not have said when I was prime minister," he told the dialogued organised by What Youth Should Know (WYSK) in Cyberjaya.
Dr M
On Thursday, Mahathir through his blog launched a broadside against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, demanding an explanation for several scandals including the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) massive debts and government purchase of a luxury jet.
The posting was not carried in government-owned or BN-linked media which only published rebuttals to Mahathir and mentioned in passing that the former premier was "criticising" Najib.
Still Mahathir regrets promising not to censor the internet, mostly because he is uncomfortable that children can easily access adult content.
"it's very simple, just type in 's-e-x' and you get the whole thing," he said.
No one race can dominate
On a separate matter, Mahathir admitted that there was a time when he did not agree with the concept of power sharing as envisioned by the likes of Tunku Abdul Rahman.
"At that time, I didn't see the greatness of this. I thought why can't we have the country all for ourselves (for one race).
PM Najib
"Why must there be other people who don't want to be assimilated," he said.
However, today, Mahathir emphasised the importance of power sharing and said this was also practiced during his administration.
"No one race can dominate this country," he said, urging those present to learn from the founding fathers.
Mahathir had in 1969 wrote an open letter attacking Tunku Abdul Rahman (right) for compromising with ethnic minorities in the country.
He was subsequently sacked from Umno but rejoined the party after Abdul Rahman resigned as prime minister in 1970. - M'kini

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flyer168 said...



Just to share this...

"...The racial tensions had already begun with the jealousy and agitation made by then Singapore UMNO Youth leader Syed Jaafar Albar... father of UMNO's current Syed Hamid Alba. As in accordance to the accounts seen by former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and International Observers...
according to Australian Deputy High Commissioner W.B. Pritchett quoted:-

"...there can be no doubt that UMNO was solely responsible for the riots. Its members ran the communal campaign or allowed it to happen."

These early incidents which contributed to the separation of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia could be found recorded in the book:

" A Moment of Anguish: Singapore in Malaysia and the Politics of Disengagement" Published by Times Academic Press written by Albert Lau.

The differences in political thought, ideas and agenda came when Lee Kuan Yew called for the formation of a 'Bangsa Malaysia', whereas UMNO led by 'Syed Jaafar Alba' believed in the concept of 'Ketuanan Melayu' or Malay Supremacy.

Lee Kuan Yew's call was the FIRST call against racism and a concept of 'ONE Malaysia' decades before currently Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak started to do so only 'after' losing 5 States during the 2008 Elections.

But it was these incidents following the 1964 Sino-Malay riots in Singapore that contributed to the separation of Singapore from Malaysia only a year later in 9 August 1965, as racial tensions and misunderstandings brought forth from UMNO division in Singapore as to avoid anymore bloodshed...

Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman announced it's separation from Malaysia as many of the UMNO party members believed that Lee Kuan Yew's call for "Malaysian Malaysia!" would shift the economic power from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

Upon the announcement, Lee Kuan Yew commented on national TV on 'Road to Independence' on Singapore's 'AsiaOne':

"For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and unity of the two territories"

It was in-fact during the announcement of this separation in Malaysian Parliament by Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, that Singapore UMNO Youth: Syed Jaafar Alba stood up before Tunku could finish speaking and left the parliament, as he automatically lost his seat with the separation of Singapore.

Other UMNO Ministers told Tunku to take disciplinary action, but Tunku stood calm and patient saying it was okay...

a mistake which 5 years later on would cause Tunku to be ousted during the May 13 riots of 1969 and replaced by Tun Abdul Razak..."

You be the judge.

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