Remember Dr M and vote for CHANGE in GE-13

Hornbill Unleashed

Mathias Gomes

It’s election time and every good Malaysian must use his right to vote in a government that cares for all. We have lived peacefully for at least 2 generations, some 3 and a few more than 5 generations. And these do not include the natives (or Orang Asli) who have been here always.

Although all of us were pendatangs (emigrants) at different stages, we were happy we were born on this land which gave us a sense of belonging and peace. To the outside world we were seen as a truly multiracial country, our propaganda was to be a multiracial, role model in harmony.

Once upon a time, it was a dream land

Tourists flocked to this country in droves, they were amazed with the different cultures, the varieties of food, and most of all friendly people. Large multinational companies especially from US, Europe and Japan settled their business interests here mainly due to the presence of a large literate workforce, stable policies, secular government with religious freedom.

It was a dream land for the MNC’s, they got what they wanted good and cheap labour force with competent engineers, managers, supervisors , leaders and administrators. The whole workforce was a mix of Indians, Chinese, Malays, and other races , they were all work oriented, communication was easy and to top it they were achievers.

Many MNCs profited in that era, most of the worlds electronic goods were from Malaysia, we were the Silicon Valley of Asia for semiconductors, and the world’s largest producer of air conditioning units. We were basking in glory, and it seemed that only a few years before, the people in the west thought that Malaysians lived on trees, and yet today we were on top of the world .

From the good times, thousands of Malaysians reaped the good fortune. It was a blessing in disguise for Malaysians from all races who benefited from these MNCs and the employment they offered. It filled the government coffers and Malaysia was progressing.

Then came Dr M

Sadly good things don’t last long. In came Mahathir Mohammed in 1981. He was like a fresh school boy, and his vision was far sighted. He had great dreams for Malaysia.

“As Prime Minister, Mahathir was credited with engineering Malaysia’s rapid modernisation and economic growth, and initiated a series of bold infrastructure projects. He was a dominant political figure, winning five consecutive general elections and seeing off all of his rivals for the leadership of UMNO.

However, his accumulation of power came at the expense of the independence of the judiciary and the traditional powers and privileges of Malaysia’s royalty. He also deployed the controversial Internal Security Act to detain activists, non-mainstream religious figures, and political opponents including his sacked deputy, Anwar Ibrahim. Mahathir’s record of curbing civil liberties and his antagonism to western diplomatic interests and economic policy made his relationships with the likes of the US, Britain and Australia difficult.”  –  Wikipedia

Things were well for the first three terms of his office, he was well loved by all races , he was the people’s Prime Minister. It looked liked nothing could stop him, everything was good until he wanted to be the Hitler Malaysia never had.

That was when his obsession for the Malaysia Boleh fallacy began, along with the mega projects, the continuation of the NEP (1991), cronyism, corruption and Ketuanan Melayu or Malay Supremacy which was the nail in the coffin for racial harmony. This added further fuel to the great divide and rule hegemony that he and Umno perpetuated. Malaysia was doomed.