YOURSAY | 'Marina, words cannot express my disappointment with your father.'
Karnak: Marina Mahathir, do you know why people are so pissed off? Because your eyewitness account is being taken as white-washing an entire episode that presaged the collapse of a dream.
And not just white-washing an episode, but white-washing the person at the centre of the events.
What is the truth, here? It's anybody's guess; there certainly are enough conspiracy theories to go around. All we have is the past on which to base our conjectures.
Sure, there are those who blame PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, those who blame PKR defector Azmin Ali, and those who blame your father - former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. But in the midst of all this tomfoolery, can you with good conscience say your father was not actively trying to destabilise the Pakatan Harapan government? Can you definitively say your father was not reverting to his mean?
What truly disappointed me is the fact that he cast himself as a champion against corruption, making excoriating former premier Najib Abdul Razak the centrepiece of his election strategy. Perhaps we were foolish to imagine he wanted to be more than the old Mahathir.
Marina, words cannot express the depths of my disappointment with your father.
Anonymous: I am sharing this from a past commenter on the same subject: The people can piece together the real truth for themselves.
It is an indisputable fact that if former prime minister Mahathir had not encouraged and had given tacit approval to pull Bersatu out of Harapan, the events leading up to the Sheraton Move on Feb 23, 2020, would not have happened.
By his own admission, he does not want, and cannot, accept Anwar as the next prime minister.
Mahathir's dislike for DAP is also not in dispute. He only came up with nicer remarks on DAP recently because he is now desperate and needs the support of the non-Malays, many of whom are DAP supporters.
So former PM Muhyiddin Yassin's side is right to say that Mahathir is the one who wants Bersatu to break off from Harapan because he wants an entirely pro-Malay party, without DAP and PKR.
FairMalaysian: Let me start by saying that Marina is not the type who tells tall tales. I have followed her writings and news closely for a decade and I am with her on this.
If it is about Azmin, Muhyiddin, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, etc, I would not second-guess. Let us not talk about Mahathir but Azmin. Hadi, Bersatu's Hamzah Zainudin and Umno's Hishammuddin Hussein have been hounding Harapan from day one.
While it bothers me to this day why Mahathir parachuted Azmin to minister from his Selangor menteri besar post, Mahathir has a lot to explain about his pivotal role as chairperson of the Harapan presidential council.
This is about Marina and her account of what transpired on that fateful day. So, let us keep Mahathir out of this.
I gather it was Azmin who was the worst villain in the Sheraton episode. As Marina explained, he was the most vociferous (during the meeting at Mahathir’s house). Rightly, the folks in his constituency had taken him to court. Another despicable character is Saifuddin Abdullah.
What we should realise is that when Azmin, Saifuddin, Muhyiddin and Hishammuddin tell us that they want the votes of non-Malays, we should "spit" on their faces. They went to make a pact with the "devils" and formed a Malay government at the exclusion of the non-Malays. The odd non-Malay with them, of course, came from the dumped MCA and MIC.
Umno is a party of liars and cheats. Bersatu is a corrupt party. From the audio of Muhyiddin and its Youth chief, for Muhyiddin to tell Umno characters are corrupted, it is not only laughable but it should be mud on his face.
Hadi will come begging for votes from the non-Malays with all the pleasantries. No need to say anything. His mask had worn off a long time ago.
MS: Well said, Malaysiakini associate editor Martin Vengadesan. You've confirmed my long-held suspicion that the toppling of the Harapan government was engineered not by Azmin and Muhyiddin but mooted, crafted and enabled by the coot whose deviousness knows no bounds.
One fact alone is enough to nail the fellow to the mast - his buat bodoh (pretend to not know) tactics whenever questions were raised about ‘his boy’ cavorting openly with the usurpers who finally assembled at the Sheraton.
When everything is put together, the only conclusion one may reasonably draw is that he was at the front and centre of the "self-coup" which may well turn out to be the coup de grâce on a country already crippled by endemic corruption and bigotry - both of which were seeded by him.
VioletKite5133: This is the best article of the day, probably the whole week. I hope Marina and her family members are reading this, knowing many readers share the same view as Martin.
You always never know what it is like to be on the other side until you are standing on the other side. Every point of his is clear and felt by everyone, especially the non-Malays.
Mahathir is the one that caused us to sink in the mud. Nothing Marina says will help.
YellowTsunami: Martin, you spoke our mind. This old man had the chance to make up for his 22 years of evil but screwed it up.
He is confirmed by all clear-headed Malaysians as the grand devil of modern Malaysia, plunging our country into corruption, racial divide, religious extremism, and a regressive educational system that retarded a whole generation.
Now his daughter is trying to change history? No way, we Malaysians are not stupid!
Malaysian1548: From the time the old dictator promoted Azmin to split PKR, to the about-turn on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd), to the appointment of his old cronies to the so-called “reform committee”, to the so-called “Malay Unity Congress” - we knew he was up to no good.
Sadly, too many were willing to shut their eyes to the obvious until it was too late.
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