I was a naughty boy, confesses Dr M

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confessed to being naughty as a child in his Teachers' Day message posted on Facebook.

Some of his detractors, especially Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, would argue that even at the age of 92, the former prime minister is still mischievous.

In his post, Mahathir also rued how value has replaced the values for which teachers were once known and respected for.

He pointed out that even Umno once had teachers as its bedrock, but this no longer appeared to be true.

"In the past, the smartest people in the villages were teachers, they were highly respected and even the role of building communities in the countryside were taken up by them.

"Even political parties were founded or spearheaded by teachers and educators. That was why communities were built on strong values.

"Unlike now, politics is controlled by those obsessed with business and personal gain - in the end, there is no more value as their 'teacher' is money," Mahathir said.

Nonetheless, he wished educators in the country a Happy Teachers' Day and urged them to continue serving and building the next generation...

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