I think there is a conspiracy out there to befuddle, confuse, debunk and make you think and wonder if your thoughts are your own anymore. I have been blogging for over a decade and even I am confused and bewildered at what I see on the Net, on social media. What is right today can be wrong tomorrow. What is good and right this morning is wrong in the evening. I am constantly looking at news, information, data, and snippets of leaks and confidential documents that tell me stuff that spins my head and makes it necessary for me to reassess my thoughts on things that matter to me. Increasingly I am getting confused, befuddled and I am wont to question the very essence of my beliefs simply because there seems to be, in front of me, irrefutable evidence that I am right about something I know I was once wrong about and other times, I am now wrong about this or that when I was sure I was right about, just that very morning. Am I being misled? Am I mistaken? Am I being fed misinformation? Fake news? Am I going senile?
Those are the thoughts running through my head. I must confess that recently, I have asked myself to think again about things that I was so sure I was right about. One of these “things” is Tun Mahathir. From what I know of him, from what I read about him and from my personal knowledge of him, I am sure of one thing about Tun. This guy does not take money. He is not corrupt. He does not make decisions while in government to profit himself. And yet almost on a daily basis, the “news” about him on social media shouts at all of us about how corrupt Tun is. So viral is this accusation that Tun is corrupt that recently, I have refrained from my usual “support” of Tun because (and this is something that I find hard to say) because I do not want to upset the many of you who read what I write who are insisting that Tun is corrupt.
Haha, I can see you guys already pointing fingers at me for being someone who is swayed by popular public opinions. Yes for a while I did hesitate to write about Tun. For a while, I preferred to be quiet than to raise the ire of many of you against me for my “support” of Tun….but only for a while. Just enough time to regroup.
If history is to talk of 2018 and 2019. If history is to decide what best happened to Malaysia in those years. I have no doubt that they will say that it is the comeback of Mahathir as Prime Minister. If history is to ask what save Malaysia from Armageddon. It will say Mahathir. If history is to venture an opinion as to what gave hope to Malaysia’s future, again it will be Mahathir.
Sadly most of you are too close to events to see this. I am not. I can see Mahathir for what he was in the last general elections. Without Mahathir in 2018. We are nothing! Without us in 2018. Mahathir is nothing! So we both owe each other big time! And here lies the essence of our love-hate relationship with the old man. We think, now that we have put him in government, why is he not grateful to us and do the things we want him to do? WhileTun thinks that he has made the ultimate personal sacrifice for us by putting his 92-year-old physical self and what is left of his life, on the line. Then he took leadership of the opposition and together with us, took Malaysia back from Najib and Umno. So in truth, we owe each other big time. Hence our ire towards each other. Maybe we should have breakfast together tomorrow at Nasi Lemak International in Kampong Baru and talk things over! And everybody pays for their own Nasi Lemak! I am sure something can be worked out between Tun and us by the time breakfast is over.