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Birth of a new nation: What it means to me?

Stephen Ng  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia.

As one of his fiercest critics especially during Abdullah Badawi’s era, and having coined the label, ‘Mamakthir’ for him, I must say he has of late earned my fullest respect.

In fact, when I coined the label, it was never meant to be slanderous, as I had always added one additional sentence: “I am always proud of our Mamak food. What is there to be ashamed of one’s ancestry?”

After all, race aside, we are all Malaysians! We cannot lose our identity as Indians, Malays, Iban, Kadazan-Dusun, or Chinese, but being able to speak an additional language or understand another culture is a plus point.

Today, Mahathir is one person apart from Mohamad Sabu and Anwar Ibrahim whom I would like my children to have the opportunity to take pictures with.

To me, over 10 years of risking my own personal freedom, and always in fear of being arrested, I hope the ‘battle’ is now over.

If you ask me a lot of the laws passed by BN were really unnecessary.

For example, instead of the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, the government of the day can...

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