| Karma is a Bitch - The injustices heaped on Anwar and Badawi
| Thursday, February 04, 2016
Malaysiakini : What goes around, comes around. So dictate the laws of karma.
In the not too distant past, a politician in the upper echelons was
unceremoniously removed, shamed, degraded, beaten and imprisoned. Then too, many leaders in Umno had toed the line, remained silent or lent their voices to the chorus of assailment.
now, the architect of that poignant episode, which served as the
impetus for the events that changed the Malaysian political landscape,
has a front row seat to witness a similar scene unfold.
This time, it is his son who has been forced out of power while those in Umno continued to remain aphonic. Therein
lies the problem with Dr Mahathir Mohamad - it is difficult to feel
sympathy for a man who exhibited little or no compassion in deposing his
political foe. Whenever the former premier points a finger at
another accusing him of being unjust or abusing his position, he has
four pointing back at him.
One wonders if Mahathir is reflecting
on his past deeds at this juncture, and coming to terms with how over
the decades, fate had dictated that he transforms from invincible to
Then again, he is a politician to the core, one
through whose veins course the art of Machiavelli, where statecraft is
managed with cunning shrewdness.
And now, his successors are employing the same strategies to retain their grip on power. He has taught them well. While
he might be suffering from amnesiac spells that have disconnected his
medial temporal lobe responsible for storing memories, the people,
however, have not forgotten.
Hence, it came as no surprise that
when a photograph depicting Mahathir’s wife embracing their son
following his forced resignation as menteri besar circulated on social
media, some expressed sadness and sympathy, others recalled certain
incidents during his tenure. Furthermore, Mukhriz Mahathir is not Anwar Ibrahim. Charlatan
or otherwise, the latter is perhaps the most courageous politician to
have emerged from the Umno ranks in recent times.
And it is ironic
that his detractors with lesser testicular fortitude continue to harp
on his real or fabricated sexual orientation to disparage his manhood. Mukhriz,
on the other hand, is nothing more than his father’s son. He ascended
the political hierarchy due to his surname, which opened doors without
effort on his part. The son of the former premier is not a
fighter. He would not want to risk landing in prison or taking to the
streets, let alone being dealt a black eye.
adversaries would be committing a fatal error in believing that the move
against his son would bring the nonagenarian to his knees. They have struck him where it hurts most. Mahathir
is a predator, and such creatures are most ferocious when wounded.
killer instinct does not mellow with age. And the wound inflicted has
left his heart bleeding. If at all Mahathir was on the brink of
relenting and ending his campaign to remove the current prime minister,
the ouster of his son would renew his zeal for blood.
For now, it is no longer about politics. It is personal.
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:06 AM