I refer to the Malaysiakini report "Mahathir: Race-based politics still relevant".
The above report is about the acknowledgment of the former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that anybody can become the prime minister without looking what race he is and the most essential thing was whether that person could truly accept the concept of Bangsa Malaysia with all his heart.
Apparently, it does not matter if the prime minister is Malay or a non-Malay, as long as he enjoys the trust of all Malaysians. The former Umno president also said there was no specification that the prime minister should only come from among the Malays.
Actually, I have seen many times on TV news how politicians try to influence people by using ridiculous and hypocritical statements. They seem to be ‘swindlers’ by cheating the people just only to regain support for the next general election.
Initially, Mahathir was strongly against any effort to condemn Malay privileges but now he changes his stand and says that a non-Malay can be a prime minister.
Before this, he accused his ex-deputy Anwar Ibrahim of being a traitor to the Malays and that he would leave this country to if Anwar became PM.He said he would do this as Anwar’s agenda was purportedly to review the New Economic Policy (NEP) after it implementation for more than 30 years.
Honestly I say, why should he, Mahathir, pretend with his charade if we know that it won’t bring any benefit to the people? Does he think that he can cheat the people again and again as he did for more than 20 years during his leadership?
That is the point that I would like to make. I’m in total agreement with what he said, but that doesn’t mean that I should trust him with all my heart. Politicians are politicians. They cannot be any other thing.
They use politics as a game or strategy to empower their positions and control our mind. However, that is part of only some of them.
There are still honest and trustworthy politicians among us. These politicians can be respected and appointed as leaders due to their sincerity and truthfulness in serving the people their whole lives.
As a conclusion, there is really quite enough to stupefy us. We have gained our national independence for more than 50 years now. From now, we have to change our paradigm and not trust anybody without doing our own investigation.