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Mahathir Mahu Kerja Sampai Mati?
By Kapal Berita
10/4/2001 5:07 am Tue
MAHATHIR MAHU KERJA SAMPAI MATI?
Beberapa akhbar menyebut kenyataan Mahathir di Gua Musang setelah menerima
satu dorongan dari bekas musuhnya di Gua Musang.
'Saya orang tua. Memandang kepada usia saya, saya sepatutnya
sudah bersara. Tetapi orang masih menyuruh saya terus berkhidmat. Saya fikir saya
perlu melakukan KSM - kerja sampai mati'
Nampaknya Mahathir sekali lagi ingin mengengkari keputusan awalnya untuk
tidak berkhidmat lagi selepas penggal ini. Terpaksalah Dollah Badawi
menunggu lagi jika begini. Berita ini seperti tidak baik untuk negara
tetapi sebenarnya baik untuk BA. Mahathir hanyalah memudahkan lagi kerja
BA (dan kerja Ku Li juga). Dia terlupa agaknya Ku Li sekarang bukan Ku Li
dulu. Bukankah Ku Li hadir sewaktu di BBM dulu dalam satu program
mengkritik beliau secara terbuka?
BBM kini sudah diam seribu bahasa. Mahathir memang tidak senang dengannya.
Permit untuk BBM bersuara sudahpun diharamkan semuanya sejak ia mengejutkan
ramai pemerhati kerana bimbang ia akan menular di perhimpunan agung Umno nanti
untuk menyingkir Mahathir.
Yang anihnya Mahathir tidak menghukum sesiapa pun di dalam BBM walaupun
ia melanggar disiplin parti. Kalau dulu dia menyembelih habis Zahid Hamidi
dia terdiam sekali bila BBM menarik tali. Inilah gambaran sebenar
kekuatan Mahathir masakini. Beliau amat bimbang untuk berkonfrontasi
di saat ini - maka Gua Musang yang djejakkinya dulu pada tahun 1982
sanggup diredah kembali untuk mengemis populariti. Sebenarnya Ku Li
sudah menang dengan Mahathir bertandang ke sini....
Mahathir sebenarnya merupakan seorang pemimpin yang PALING TIDAK POPULAR
dalam sejarah Umno. Tentunya Ku Li masih belum lupa muslihat Mahathir
sehingga beliau tertewas akibat tektik kotor cawangan yang tidak sah dan
beberapa silap mata jijik ketika membilang undi (waktu solat jumaat).
Malah Ku Li belum lupa bagaimana gambar beliau disiar memakai tengkolok
di malam pilihanraya sehinga Semangat 46 putus terus bersemangatnya untuk
terus menyaingi Umno kerana amat teruk aibnya.
Mahathir telah memperlekehkan institusi parlimen dan mencemarnya beberapa kali pada tahun ini seolah-olah mahu lari dari realiti beliau telah pun gagal selama ini. Lim Kit Siang mencatat betapa 'kuatnya' Mahathir masakini sehingga menempelak demokrasi berparlimen:
Jika Mahathir berkerja sampai mati pun tidak mengapa kerana nyawa Umno
semakin di dalam bahaya. Beliau asyik memberikan markah percuma kepada
BA sehingga bimbang Lee Kuan Yew dibuatnya.
Saya tertarik untuk memberi komen tambah oleh Editor mengenai lawatan
'ganjil' Lee Kuan Yew ke Malaysia satu ketika dulu.
Singapura yang lebih kaya pun tidak berani membina projek yang gila-gila
tetapi Mahathir berbelanja seolah-olah minyak negara tidak akan kering
selama-lamanya padahal rezab di dasar laut cuma 15 tahun sahaja. Jika
Mahathir kuat dan selesa Lee Kuan Yew tidak perlu bersusah payah datang
berkereta ke Malaysia satu ketika dulu untuk menemui Mahathir. Cuba
fikirkan mengapa pertemuan mereka begitu berahsia isi kandungannya.......
Media Conference Statement by DAP National Chairman Lim Kit Siang at DAP PJ
Hqrs on Monday, 9th April 2001 at 12 noon:
Mahathir seems to have reversed his earlier decision that this will his
last term and has now decided to lead the Barisan Nasional in next general
election as Prime Minister defending his sixth term
The significance of Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's first visit to Gua
Musang since 1982 for the opening of the Gua Musang UMNO division meeting
on Saturday was not the olive branch he offered to his traditional rival,
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, but his response to Razaleigh's public call that he
remain as UMNO President and Prime Minister until Kelantan and Terengganu
are recaptured by UMNO.
When asked to comment on Razaleigh's call, Mahathir expressed his gratitude
to those calling on him to continue leading Umno and the country and said
that he is prepared "to do a KSM - kerja sampai mati - or work until I die'.
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would apparently have to wait for another
three or four years until after the next general elections before he could
ever hope to become the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, and there is no
guarantee that even if UMNO and Barisan Nasional manage to hang on to power
in the next general elections, that Abdullah would be the successor to Mahathir.
Although Mahathir had publicly said that this would be his last term as
Prime Minister, and before the last general election, had intimated that he
would hand over the reins of the Prime Minister to Abdullah in mid-term, the
politically astute can sense that Mahathir had begun to change his mind and
that he would not so easily relinquish the highest office in the land.
Although this is not good news for the nation's sake, it is the best news
from the DAP and Barisan Alternative point of view.
This is because Mahathir has undoubtedly become the most unpopular Prime
Minister in the nation's history and even the most unpopular UMNO President
in the party's history if there is free and fair party elections in UMNO.
Although Razaleigh has his own reasons and calculations for making his
unusual call to Mahathir to remain as Prime Minister and UMNO President
until after the next general elections, he is right that Mahathir is the
only "strong leader" left in the UMNO and government.
Unfortunately for Malaysia and the people, Mahathir is now "strong" for the wrong reasons, as evident recently in:
There is the danger that having decided to abandon his earlier plan to hand
over the office of the Prime Minister to Abdullah this year or next year and
to continue into the next general election, Mahathir may also decide on an
increasingly authoritarian rule and brook no obstacle to his grand design to
continue with the government bailout of crony companies, buckle efforts to
restore national and international confidence in the independence of the
judiciary and stamp out dissent whether in the political opposition or civil
There are those who do not support him, but they feel that he is stillthe
only one capable of making positive changes for the country
By Wan Hamidi Hamid
UNMO members in opposition-controlled Kelantan - including one-time
political rival Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah - have called on Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stay on at the helm, saying he is the only leader
capable of making positive changes for the country.
Tengku Razaleigh told reporters here that while many of his friends had admitted
to him that they were not pro-Mahathir, they still wanted a strong leader for
'So I personally call on Dr Mahathir to carry on as premier and
Umno president to strengthen the country and the party,' he said.
'If he wants to quit when the party is totally strong and could gain a
100 per cent victory in the next general election, then we will leave
it to him to decide.'
Tengku Razaleigh made his pledge yesterday at the Gua Musang Umno division
meeting in honour of Dr Mahathir's first visit to the area since 1982.
The state is currently controlled by Parti Islam (PAS).
Similar calls for the 75-year-old Dr Mahathir to continue leading the party and
the government were made by Umno members in Kedah during his visit to
several constituencies there late last month - part of a nationwide tour he has
Umno leaders and members are facing the most crucial period in the party's
history following the sacking of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in
1998 which split the Malay community.
The opposition, particularly PAS and Anwar's Parti Keadilan Nasional, have
been intensifying their attacks on the Premier, telling him to resign.
Umno is currently conducting its divisional meetings nationwide at which
grassroots leaders elect new executive committees.
It is expected that there will be a smooth transfer of power or no contest at all for
the top post of chairman in 92 of Umno's 165 divisions. However, campaigns for
other posts in these and other divisions are likely to be fierce.
Allegations of money politics are rife and analysts have said that such reported
practices are giving Umno a bad name.
The allegations have led many Umno members to feel that the party must change
for the better.
Tengku Razaleigh, a former finance minister, had challenged Dr Mahathir for the
Umno presidency in 1987, but was unsuccessful.
He then formed the Malay opposition Parti Semangat Melayu 46 and had hit out
at Dr Mahathir as an opposition MP.
He gave up his battle when he realised that Semangat 46 could not pose a
serious challenge to Umno and Dr Mahathir. He then threw in the towel in 1996
and dissolved his party.
He also made up with Dr Mahathir and both he and his supporters were allowed
to rejoin Umno.
'I know what I am talking about when I ask Dr Mahathir to stay on. Both of us
have a unique relationship,' he said.
'I am not trying to curry favour. I say this from my heart. I believe this is the time
for all of us to work together to unite the Malays,' said the Kelantan Prince.
Dr Mahathir, when asked by reporters to respond to the show of support,
expressed his gratitude to those calling on him to continue leading Umno and
'I am an old man. Given my age, I should have retired. But people keep on
asking me to stay on. I suppose I have to do a KSM - kerja sampai mati - or
work until I die.'.