Thursday, February 12, 2015
The rot of Hamlet - Kit Siang.
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang finds it rich that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad should blog, quoting Hamlet, and declare that something was rotten in Malaysia. The blog was right after the Federal Court’s shocking dismissal of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal and its decision to send him back to prison for the third time on Tuesday.
“I would not accuse Mahathir of senility although he is quite capable of pretending to be senile and even pretend to suffer from amnesia,” said Lim in referring to the “show that he staged during his appearance at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Videotapes, when he suffered from so many lapses of amnesia” but which has not been repeated since then.
Mahathir, stressed Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP, should be reminded that he was responsible for the dragnet of mass arrests under the ISA and detention without trial, the infamous Operation Lalang in October 1987. “He also single-handedly destroyed the independence, impartiality and professionalism not only of the Judiciary, but also of other important national institutions like the police, the Elections Commission, the anti-corruption agency, and the civil service.”
Does Mahathir need to be reminded that it was under his premiership that Malaysia began to suffer from rampant corruption in high political places and massive abuses of power by those in authority?
Yes, something is rotten in Malaysia, conceded Lim, “as evidenced by a patriot like Anwar being sent to jail for the third time despite devoting 47 years of his life fighting for justice, freedom, human dignity and national unity”.
If Malaysians were asked as to who the top political leaders, past and present, who should be languishing in jail for five years were, different names would be mentioned but Anwar would not be among them, added Lim.
“This shows the rot in Malaysia, a rot which was started during Mahathir’s 22-year premiership, and by Mahathir himself!”
Lim noted that Mahathir was obsessed with the toppling of Najib Abdul Razak as Prime Minister, but this was not because he wanted to stop the rot in Malaysia and restore the independence and integrity of the judiciary and rule of law, end the subversion of the independence and professionalism of national institutions whether the civil service, the police, the elections commission or anti-corruption agency, eradicate rampant corruption, restore ethics and honesty in public life, re-establish a good education system and restore Malaysia’s economic competitiveness.
Mahathir wants Najib out as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, not to stop the rot which was started by him during his premiership, stressed Lim, but for an agenda personal to himself.
“This is the rot of Hamlet in Malaysia!”