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‘Grand Old Man’ Gives Warning That Malays Will Be Powerless

‘Grand Old Man’ Gives Warning That Malays Will Be Powerless

Dr Mahathir is worried Malaysia will end up like Singapore.

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned that the Malays will lose power completely in this country after two general elections (GE).

The harsh reminder was voiced by him due to the current political climate.

According to him, the dominant power of the indigenous people is getting worse and worse after the 15th general election.

Economic control has been gone for a long time and now political power, I think the state of the country will be worse in GE16 and GE17.

Tun Dr Mahathir speaking at a press conference after attending the ‘Dialog Sepetas Perjuangan Yang Hilang?’ programme.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir was speaking as a panel member of the dialogue titled ‘Sepentas Orang Yang Hilang Dalam Perjuangan’ at Putrajaya.

The nonagenarian voiced concern about the trend of Malay political influence disappearing.

He fears that Malaysia will become like Singapore after two more General Elections, with a non-Malay prime minister.

Dr Mahathir, 97, is also disappointed because Malay politics at this point is heavily shrouded in corruption, including vote-buying by certain party agents to win by dirty means.

Also present as panellists were former Member of Parliament for Tanjong Karang, Tan Sri Noh Omar and former Cabinet minister, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

World’s Oldest-Serving Prime Minister

Dr Mahathir is often referred to as the “Grand Old Man” of Malaysian politics, and the term is typically used to recognize his long and influential career in public service.

Mahathir’s political career spanned several decades, and he played a pivotal role in shaping Malaysia’s modern political landscape.

The former Chairman of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1964, and he served as the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003.

In 2018, at the age of 92, he was once again elected as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, making him the oldest serving head of government in the world.

Mahathir is widely recognized for his contributions to the economic development of Malaysia, particularly his role in transforming the country from an agricultural economy into a modern industrialized nation.

He is also known for his strong leadership and outspoken personality, which have earned him both admirers and critics.

In summary, Mahathir is called the “Grand Old Man” of Malaysian politics due to his long and influential career in public service, his contributions to the economic development of Malaysia, and his strong leadership and outspoken personality.

Defender Of The Malays

“The Malay Dilemma” is a book written by Dr Mahathir in 1970, before he became Prime Minister.

In the book, Dr Mahathir discusses the challenges faced by the Malay community in Malaysia.

He argues that the affirmative action policies that had been implemented to help the Malay community were insufficient to address the deep-seated socio-economic issues they faced.

Dr Mahathir argues that the Malay community, which was the largest ethnic group in Malaysia, had been left behind economically due to their lack of education and their traditional way of life.

He asserted that the only way to address this issue was through affirmative action policies that would provide the Malay community with greater access to education and employment opportunities.

The book was controversial when it was first published, and it has continued to be a subject of debate in Malaysia.

Some critics have accused Dr Mahathir of promoting Malay nationalism and promoting policies that are discriminatory against non-Malay communities.

Others have argued that the book was an important contribution to the debate on affirmative action policies in Malaysia.

It’s worth noting that Dr Mahathir’s views on these issues have evolved over time, and he has taken a more inclusive approach in his later years as a politician.

Nevertheless, “The Malay Dilemma” remains an important part of his legacy, and it is widely read and discussed in Malaysia today.

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