Mahathir living under an illusion
There are two items on Mahathir, that featured prominently in the National newspapers yesterday.
Firstly his statements that strong support of majority moderates amongst muslims helped Malaysia developed and that he enjoys a very strong support from the majority of muslims moderates in Malaysia.
Second is a caption of students leaders or representatives meeting him at his palace in PutraJaya. The caption showed one young student leader paying homage to Mahathir.
It is true that strong moderate muslims support to the Alliance government first headed by the Tunku and then by Tun Razak helped to stabilize political situation which in turn helped Malaysia to develop. This support was later continued when Hussein took over from Razak and during the first few years of the Mahathir's administration.
When Mahathir took over the premiership, Malaysia was a model state. It had a multiracial population who could live peacefully and in harmony. There was a rule of law in which there was strong judicial independence. Corruption was at its lowest. The country was blessed with abundance of wealth in the form of natural resources such as petroleum and timber.
After the sixth year of Mahathir's rule things began to change. He began to attack and slowly dismantle key institution of government notably the judiciary. He began to use the ISA in 1988 to fight his politial opponents. He tolerated corruption; being corrupt himself and encouraged his fellow politician to be corrupt themselves. He attacked the rulers and kept them at his whim and fancies such that these rulers and notably the Yang DiPertuan Agong no longer perform their constitutional role of being the protector of the rakyat against the abuse and excessiveness of his rule. Mahahathir is in fact now the defacto supreme Agong or Maha Agong.
Under him, the country is now corrupt to the heel; the judiciary is in a state of shamble. He packed the judiciary with corrupt judges like Mohtar Abdullah and Ahmad Fairuz. The late Agong went along with such questionabel appointments. He placed corrupt public officers to head key government institution like the police, ACA, AG Chambers and others. These weaklings are at his behest and would always be prepared to do his dirty job for him.
He attacked the ulamas; questioned the holy Quran with his views that the interpretaion of the Quran by Prophet Mohamad is no longer appropriate in modern time. He called on the Ulamas to give new meaning and interpretation to the holy Quran which would suit him. He despised the holy verses in the Quran such as the punishment commanded by God of crimes such as adultery and stealing. This he did without fully understanding the meaning and scope of such verses. At times he even poked fun at the Prophet's beard.
He fights his political foes by using unislamic methods such as falsely accusing one of committing homosexuality. He fabricated and spread such false accusation worldwide but refused to testify in court when asked to do so.
He plundered public funds belonging to the rakyat such as petronas, Tabung Haji, EPF and the rest to enrich his family and friends and put Malaysia towards a state of bankruptcy.
Worst still, he is the cause of the sufferings of thousands of muslims in the USA in the aftermath of the WTC September attack. Thousands of muslims were being held in isolated places, tortured and denied of their right to legal representation in contravention of the USA constitution. It is this 'iblis' which told Bush to use this method of human incarceration and torture telling the USA president this is how he dealt with so-called 'terrorrist' in Malaysia and that is why he is able to stay in power for 20 years. It is no surprising that USA and Britain are modelling their anti-terrorist Bill based on the ISA with his urgings.
His frequent rhetorics criticizing American bombings of Afghanistan is only for domestic consumption. Bush knew and allow him to occassionally verbally attacked the USA because Mahathir had told him it is purely for domestic consumption and should not be taken seriously by the USA.
Mahathir is the epitome of satan or iblis in human form. The only muslims who supported him and admittedly he enjoys strong support from this muslim community are not the moderate muslims but the corrupt and evil muslims you find in the police force, the judiciary, the AG chambers and his own party namely UMNO. To say that moderate muslims supports him is an insult to God. A muslim would lose his faith if he supports a satanical leader like him who has 'iblis' tendencies; a secular, cruel and chronically corrupt leader. It is an insult to muslims that he claimed himself to be a muslim but engages in unislamic acts which is forbidden and frown upon by God.
This is what God said concerning homosexuality in Sura V1-Nisaa verse 16: " if two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, leave them alone: for God is oft-returning, most merciful." From such verse, Muslims can judge for themselves what kind of a man Mahathir is; more so when the accusation of homosexuality against his foe was conspired and fabricated by him and his lackeys. May God save his soul.
On the issue of theft, god's command is found in Surah V-Maida verses 41 and 42. Verse 41 states:' As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands; a punishment by way of example from God, for their crime: And god is exalted in Power." Verse 41 is qualified by verse 42 which reads: " But if the thief repents after his crime, and amend his conduct, god turneth to him in forgiveness: for God is oft-forgiving and most merciful."
God's command in the Quran with regard to such punishment is to temper the harsh punishment that was commanded during the time of Jesus. See Matthew 18:7 which reads:' woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin. Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come'. 18:8-" if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire." 18:9-" and if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell".
If going by the holy bible as quoted above, Mahathir has to gouge both his eyes and cut off both his hands. His eyes causes him to sin because he is always surveying which public funds to dip his dirty fingers. He saw Petronas and forced Petronas to bailed out to the tune of RM1.5 billion his son's company. He has to cut both his hand because of his plundering acts. Therefore it is better for Mahathir to enter life without any eye or hand than to have both eyes and both hands and be thrown into the fire of hell.
With such verses from both the Al-Quran and the Last Testament, he had the audacity and temerity to poked fun and despise the hudud law such as haing hand soup and the like.
To the students' leaders who paid homage and kissed Mahathir's hand, may God blessed you. You are in actual fact paying homage to a satan or iblis in human form. Nothing is more apt than that in describing this despicable man, despised by most moderate muslims in this country. The Tunku was right is sayine, ' this man is irresponsible'. He cares at nothing except staying in power.
To say he enjoys support from the majority of moderate muslims is indeed an illusion. The only muslim's supports he enjoyed are from misguided and corrupt muslims.