Saturday, October 4, 2008



Posted by Vineeth Menon
Sunday, 05 October 2008 01:30


We are pleased to note, MT has opened it membership registration once again. It is in our view that Malaysia Today needs more serious-minded women to come out in the open and champion the rights of their gender, and to carry on fighting for the cause of many fine men and women who have often times, been victims of the cause they vehemently championed! This is crucial in the progress of the next stage of development in new Malaysia!

Unfortunately in Malaysia, the cause and rights of women have been undertaken (we refuse to use the word champion) by women of greed for wealth and power from the BN government! The very few women politicians of distinction from the opposition, have not received much moral booster from its own gender, except during moments of distress! The women who head the civil societies, have often times, been victims of constant verbal abuse, sometimes from its own gender from the government, and often times from motivated men belittling their noble cause!

This is a very important phase in the changing history of this nation. We call upon all vocal women who shy away from active participation of their views to come out in the open, to air all their grievances and view points, to condemn all forms of chauvinisms and cruel treatments meted out to their gender! And warn all those who impede their progress! Make your voices heard! If you are outnumbered, bring in more! If you are bored housewives as they claimed, bring out the youth amongst you! And to all men who wish to vote us down, please do so from the kitchen areas of your dwellings! If you have difficulties, then dare ask yourself for once, whether you too have detained them for a long period of time, under your very own ISA! If you did, release them now, for your cause too will truly be a noble one!


This speech that was spoken on a world stage, by a very young girl, 19 years of age, a victim of so many humiliations and sufferings in her life, who hails from Malaysia, who rose to prominence from Lembah Pantai, should serve as a reminder to all fine and young women of Malaysia, that they should not be taken for granted, for their time too have arrived!

Speech in Geneva on 7th April 2000

Mr. Chairman,

It is an honour for me, as a young person, to speak at this meeting. I bring you greetings from my father Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Malaysia, who is currently incarcerated at Sungai Buluh Prison. His message is attached for your kind attention. I am Nurul Izzah Anwar, his eldest daughter. I am 19 years old and I represent my family and the Reformasi movement to draw your attention to a growing crisis of civil and political rights.

My father was arrested on 20 September 1998 [after leading an unprecedented rally calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad]. On the night of his arrest he was viciously assaulted by the Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor. One of the doctors who [later] examined my father concluded that “he is lucky to be alive” [because the blows were so severe and aimed at potentially fatal places.]

The way my father was arrested was an act of provocation, an insult to human dignity and common sense. A squad of hooded elite police commandos armed with sub machine guns broke into our home which was packed with family members, friends, journalists and supporters, all unarmed. Among them were women and children. Guns were pointed at my younger brother and sister, aged 13 and 14.

My father was arrested under the [Section 377B of the] Penal Code. But after he was so grievously assaulted by the nation’s police chief, his warrant of arrest was changed to that of under the draconian Internal Security Act [which allows detention without trial] to avoid having to produce him to court within 24 hours, to cover up the police brutality. For nine agonizing days, they refused to tell us where he was. They lied that he was safe and healthy, so you can imagine our shock to learn that he was beaten so severely. Even the Prime Minister maliciously alleged that my father’s injuries were self inflicted.

My father is a political prisoner. His prosecution [under the Penal Code] is a means of political persecution. He was sacked [from the government] because he called for reform of the economic and political system. As Minister of Finance he declared that public funds should not be used to bail out politically connected big corporations. His prosecution is a result of a collusion and abuse of power by several key government institutions.

In order to fabricate evidence against my father, the authorities violated the rights of other people. Dr. Munawar Anees, a scholar and a friend of my father, Sukma Darmawan, our adopted family member, and Meor, a fashion designer, were arrested, coerced and cruelly tortured by the police to extract so-called confessions that they were sodomised by my father. Dr Munawar and Uncle Sukma were subjected to sham court proceedings and sentenced to jail. These lies and fabrications which have been manufactured through human right violations not only hurt these men and our family, but also hurt the credibility and sanctity of the government institutions we are supposed to trust.

Although my father was charged and tried in a court of law, the trial has been severely criticised by the legal community, in Malaysia and internationally.[Amnesty International which has sent special representatives to study the entire episode of my father’s sacking and prosecution has declared my father as a prisoner of conscience.]

Although my father is a political prisoner he has been treated worse than a common criminal. He has been denied bail although the crime he was charged with is a bailable offence. The judge [in dismissing the appeal for bail] claimed it would cost the government a lot of money to control my father and his supporters.
My father Anwar Ibrahim is being kept under solitary confinement and family visits are severely restricted. There were even times when his legal counsel was denied visits.

Last year my father suffered sudden, severe and dramatic health problems in detention. Initial lab test results [of his urine sample] showed a dangerously high level of arsenic poisoning. The fear of losing our loving father forever became very real. Instead of appointing an independent team to investigate the poisoning [as had been done in the case the beating of my father], the Attorney General made irresponsible and malicious remarks; he implied that my mother could have poisoned my father. When my father was hospitalised at the National University Hospital, some of the doctors complained that their offices were bugged and they were harassed [by senior officials as high up as the Health Minister].

On the issue of impunity: While my father continues to be subjected to human rights violations, the perpetrator of the grievous assault against him remains free. The [now former] police chief Abdul Rahim Noor was charged in court last year for “attempting” to cause injury to my father. He later admitted guilt to an amended and much milder charge. He was given a light sentence [2 months’ jail and a fine of RM2,000/US540], and is out on bail pending appeal [against the outrageously mild sentence]. Nothing was done to bring to book other accomplices of the crime against my father.

It seems that the entire administration of justice in Malaysia is in a severe state of crisis. Laws are being abused to inflict injury on the innocent AND protect perpetrators of human right violations. Laws are being abused to harass and prosecute my father’s defence counsel, to prevent them from carrying out their professional duties. Mr. Zainul Zakaria has been sentenced to 3 months’ jail for contempt of court and another lawyer Mr. Karpal Singh has been charged under the Sedition Act [for what they said in the court while defending my father]. Thus I appeal to this commission to intervene to protect the rights of lawyers defending my father.

I appeal this commission to help secure the release of my father. There is an urgent need to right wrongs inflicted upon him and the other innocents who have been targeted for no other reason than their association with my father or their peaceful work for reform.

I must say the experiences [of my family and supporters of the Reformasi movement] of the past 18 months have helped us understand the necessity of civil and political rights. The injustices perpetrated in Malaysia have turned us into human rights activists because we cannot ignore what is happening in our beloved country. As a young Malaysian, I hope that you too, will not ignore this desperate and difficult situation and intervene now, before it worsens.

Mr Chairman, the members of this Commission may think that I am naïve and idealistic in seeking its help to solve the injustices in my country. The truth is, there is no other place left to seek mercy, when we cannot expect justice from the national institutions meant to protect our rights. Like the children and family members of political prisoners around the world, we want our father to come home. My younger sister, 7-year-old Nurul Hana, begged me to tell you of her dream. Her dream is that in the not-too-distant future, she will be able to sleep with a sweet smile on her face after listening to a reading by our ever-doting father of the beautiful story of Cinderella, ending with the sweetest line: “…and so they all lived happily ever after..”

Thank you.


Comments (12)
written by Hakim Joe, October 05, 2008 01:57:03

You have 1 vote ladies, just like us blokes.
Use your vote carefully.
Vote for Justice.
Vote for a New Malaysia.

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written by pulaiman, October 05, 2008 02:15:44

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written by farah, October 05, 2008 02:25:49

sjs, thank you.

My eyes always swelled talk and think about DSAI, my PM.
(since 1998, i have been followed closely what ever issues pertaining to DSAI).

I must thank MT and YM RPK, who 'have created farah into a bold and daring lady now or never'. I attends and also speak openly about 'current malaysian politic who ever i met, does not matter what race or religion, so long they are malaysians.( sorry friends, politic is my only concern now).

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written by cruzeiro, October 05, 2008 02:32:35

See sjs - isn't this much better?
Now people can focus on it quite well - it is indeed a beautiful pice ...
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written by Motherchell, October 05, 2008 02:36:14

Yes ladies its time you stepped forward to be counted!
A reference to my sisters in respective faiths, looking at the Middle East-- UAE,Jordan, Palestine,Iraq,etc The oil boom has benefited the conservative classes immensely . The govt there used it productively to bring these coterie out to the open yet maintaining the rich cultures .

Ive watched the BBC's Doha Debates, its so heart warming to see how they have progressed. We still have miles to go here because the UMNOGovt has its own agenda. The force that you possess is still shackled. You have to stand to be counted.

Here , we have bigotry unlimited. The demonisation of Thresa Kok is one example! The photos the MSM did not publish during the P.Puah campaign.(The pics of the Bn section of the padang ) Its time for you ladies to come out into the open! We are sick of the cosmetic types who are given Vice Chancellorship s, the extra baggage in the Corridors of Power!
We need the real you!!
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written by junjun40, October 05, 2008 03:37:31


Thanks for pulling out this piece to post in MT. Great job.

You seems to be a strategist living in some far away land. It would have been better if you could fight right from our motherland and perhaps, step into the world of local politics.
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written by samesamemam, October 05, 2008 05:06:27

I fully agree with the call for more women to be involved in the politics of the new Malaysia. I believe many women are already involved (and I am not referring to the women in the government or the opposition). Long, long before many men or political women got involved in standing up against the many human rights abuses in Malaysia, such as the ISA, many women and women’s groups have been speaking out, taking the risks and championing the cause. Many women still do. But what I see now happening in the world of the malaysian political blogosphere, is a new boys’ club in play. Yes, the boys dominate the blogosphere. Yes, there are a few women bloggers and several women commentators as well…but most blogs are dominated by the boys, many of them angry boys using male language to get their points across…it happens here in MT as well, unfortunately. One example is the use of violent male language and other terms such as “if you have the b*alls”, you will act, you will sign, you will do this and do that…” This sexist language of the boys’ club bloggers and commentators must stop.

If we just look at the many pics posted by bloggers on the vigils, the demonstrations, the hartal iniatives, etc…each picture tells a thousand words…

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written by LC Tang, October 05, 2008 06:39:39

Dear sjs,

Well, you prevailed.
Thank you again for your important contribution.
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written by cillipepper, October 05, 2008 07:27:12

To Nurul Izzah and All the good Women of Malaysia.
You have my Vote!
God bless you.
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written by LC Tang, October 05, 2008 07:37:39

To be more correct, I should have said 'Good sense finally prevailed'.
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written by Nunudada, October 05, 2008 07:53:04

Where is this Rahim Noor now? Is he going to escape the wrath of the people or has he conveniently escaped to Hell?
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written by fergie, October 05, 2008 07:55:38

I fully agree .. we women have to stand up and be counted! Thank you Raja Petra & Marina for opening our eyes and giving us courage. Thank you V Menon and MT Team for all your wonderful posts.


Posted by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at October 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (325) | TrackBacks (0) | Previous Blog
1. I have a problem. I cannot remember the date I was married. As a result I always get into trouble with my wife.

2. She has a remarkable memory for dates, not just her own or our special dates but she can remember the dates of birth of all her children, the dates of their marriage, the birthdays of all 17 of my grandchildren and even of her sisters and brothers and late parents.

3. So I can rely on her and sign the birthday cards she passed on to me. Unfortunately she cannot remember much of what she read when studying medicine. So I used to coach her. Thus we complement each other.

4. God has endowed Man (and Woman) with the ability to remember. That is the basic difference between us and the animals.

5. But with age our memory fails on details. Some brilliant people can remember what they did on a particular day 10 - 15 years ago, remember every detail, including the words they had spoken and the people they met etc. I am not among these people. I remember some events in which I was involved but only vaguely.

6. If you ask me what did I do on 12th August 1982, or on any other day, I would not be able to tell you. Other people with the proverbial photographic memory can, but I cannot. I am quite certain if I ask the questioner what he did on any particular day in the times long past he probably cannot tell me either. But then in a court or Commission he or the judge or Commissioners have the right to question, I had only the right to answer.

7. This is very unsatisfactory. In a court of law, if you fail to remember every detail of what you did on a particular day 5, 10 or 15 years ago, then you must be lying, you must be hiding something. This possibility would be ominous - though it may not be ascertained with exactitude. But why bother about those niceties. Just conclude that a person who cannot remember is simply lying.

8. I am going to take a memory course. Should I have occasion to be investigated or summoned to face a trial, I would be able to remember the suit I wore any day in my life and where I was when wearing the particular suit on a particular day.

9. By the same token a person who had been sodomised must know the exact time of the day that it happened, the colour of the room and the size of the bed. If he fails to remember any of these things, then he must be lying.

10. Such is the law. So please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details. It can be fatal for you.

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By T on October 2, 2008 2:32 PM
Then again, some people choose to have selective amnesia...

By sueism on October 2, 2008 2:33 PM
i just didn't get it!

By abdullahaj on October 2, 2008 2:46 PM
dearest tun,

iam not sure your memory is that bad but iam sure your memory is very much better than me and many others. I remember reading one of your acticles that you love to read and can complete reading a book within a day. This is someting special.

when talking about court matters, judges should understand that we are human (whom include judges) and have limitations and cannot remember exactly what we have done in the past. I cannot remember what cloth iam wearing the same day last week!

selamat beristirehat dan berpuasa enam, tun


By esca on October 2, 2008 2:46 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun

First!!! lol

By abdullahaj on October 2, 2008 2:47 PM
dearest tun,

iam not sure your memory is that bad but iam sure your memory is very much better than me and many others. I remember reading one of your acticles that you love to read and can complete reading a book within a day. This is someting special.

when talking about court matters, judges should understand that we are human (whom include judges) and have limitations and cannot remember exactly what we have done in the past. I cannot remember what cloth iam wearing the same day last week!

selamat beristirehat dan berpuasa enam, tun


the other abdullah

By zebramones on October 2, 2008 2:48 PM
Dearest Tun,
Just would like to wish you and your wife a Selamat Hari Raya.

I'll be looking forward your open house and be able to finally salam tangan ayahanda Tun..

By believer on October 2, 2008 2:48 PM
salam tun & semua bloggers..
haha..i'm face the same problem too..although i'm so much younger than you..kadang2 susah sgt nak ingat details tertentu yang perlu saya ingat..but i think, there must be some ways that can help our memory stronger..hope i will find out the ways someday..mana la tau tiba2 kena masuk court plak kan...hehe..
Selamat Aidilfitri untuk Tun sekeluarga...

By apanama on October 2, 2008 3:00 PM
What Tun is saying in this 'multi-prong message' might be funny to many but the reality is that Anwar Abraham a.k.a The Drama King and his bunch of liars ... opps! lawyers are manipulating the laws of this land.

They have been very consistent in ridiculing the law with their crooked mind, where the end result would do justice to none.

Anwar Abraham's initial sodomy conviction was overturned due to such 'crooked reasons' termed technicalities.

The court re-affirmed loud and clear that he is infact a sodomite but that FACT has been tactfully swept under the carpet.

These soul-less group of power hungry creatures would not stop at anything until they could install the sodomite into high office.

We, Malaysians, must open our eyes wide to Anwar Abraham's drama and not be fooled by his antics.

He has proven 'beyond resonable doubt' (to borrow the bunch of liars often used term)that he is a first-class LIAR who managed to fool many Malaysians who thought Anwar was their God-sent saviour.

If Anwar had achieved anything post-Sept 16, it is the tittle as the Number One Liar of Malaysia.

For those of you who continue to trust that human being, May God Bless You and have mercy on your next-of-kin.


p/s Tun, don't worry about Anwar's spin to make u look like a liar for not being able to remember details of certain things which took place more than 20 years ago. (I suspect even FLIP-FLOP and the SIL are also contributing towards such attempts)

We know what matters, and WHAT doesn't to this country.

Selamat Hari Raya, Sir.

By emville on October 2, 2008 3:01 PM
What are you trying to say here Tun? Macam ada something on je lepas raya ni, which will involve you?

Court manusia ni mana sama macam court Allah. Disini kita kena buktikan apa yg terjadi. Di muka keadilan Allah, semua akan dipamerkan, anggota badan kita yg menjadi saksi. Mungkin org yg bersalah dpt bebas dgn kesalahan yg dia buat di dunia. Tapi di akhirat nanti, ceritanya lain la pulak.

Apa apa pun, tak pernah terjadi dlm sejarah Malaysia, open house org kenamaan dicemari dgn rusuhan. Yes, I'm talking about Hindraf making sort of trouble at Pak Lah's open house at PWTC. Itu lah harganya klu semua nak diberi muka. Semua atas alasan demokrasi. Sampai nak berdemonstrasi pun dah tak kena tempat. Main pakai undang2 hutan je. Pak Lah ni lembek sangat. Pasal tu la semua nak pijak kepala. Cuba klu awal2 lagi dicantas kepala2 pembuat kacau tu. Kan senang. Ini bila dah menyusahkan org, baru nak buat sesuatu. Pak Lah, Pak Lah, cepat la kasi baton tu pada org lain. Jgn nanti hari2 asyik gaduh je di Malaysia ni, semua org tak boleh cari makan.

By twocents02 on October 2, 2008 3:02 PM
Dearest Dr M

Even the lawyers themselves refer to documents to refresh their memory. No one is expected to remember exact details of what happened everyday of their lives.

If your brain space is taken up with facts and figures, the space for analysis and processing will be ADVERSELY affected. Scientists are usually forgetful people.

My laptop will RUN at snail space if the C:drive's used space is near full capacity. Some programs cannot function efficiently.

Bottomline is - THEY have an agenda. Nothing to do with a person's ability to remember details to prove one's innocence.

For lawyers, technicalities is the name of the game.

By salad ijo on October 2, 2008 3:02 PM
selamat hari raya DR M..

By KunPhisaid on October 2, 2008 3:02 PM
Viva Tun Berdua,
Hari ini saya rasa sungguh gembira kerana nasihat Tun yang sangat berguna. Saya sentiasa menghadapi masaalah dengan mengingati haribulan dan tempat dan event. Isteri saya sangat memahami kelemahan saya, jadi dengan sukarelanya dia akan mengingatkan saya tarikh yang berwajib secara seloroh atau jika saya pura-pura tak faham, secara tarik muka... dan dan saya teringat.
Saya juga berjanji akan menuruti nasihat Tun supaya sentiasa mengingati details of event terutamanya yang melibatkan sa .ya bermesyuarat didalam mana mana bilik diresort atau hotel. Just in case.
Tapi Tun, kalau saya kena sodomi, mungkin muka saya tersembam ke bantal atau tilam, jadi mungkin tak banyak yang saya boleh ingat. Hmm...mungkin teknologi boleh membantu saya.
Dirgahayu Tun dan Tun.

By Sizegenetics on October 2, 2008 3:02 PM
Nobody's perfect. As we age, we lose bits, if not lots, of our memories, period.

By salad ijo on October 2, 2008 3:05 PM
selamat hari raya DR M..

By anjvnabeat on October 2, 2008 3:08 PM
Salam Tun,

Itu lumrah kita manusia biasa. Tak lari dari sifat pelupa.
Cuma yang selalu kita kena tetapkan adalah pendirian.

Salam Eid Mubarak.

Wish you and the family all the best.


Orang Alor Star.

By Sayuti on October 2, 2008 3:11 PM
Assalamualaikum WB YBhg Tun,

Being Malays, it is much harder for us to remember things. As you put it, "Melayu mudah lupa..."

Selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin.

By ken on October 2, 2008 3:11 PM
thank you for the sarcasm ^^. people get so lost in the details that they miss the whole picture.

By riduan Mohd Noor on October 2, 2008 3:12 PM
Dearest TDM,

It will be nice if we can remember everything. But as a human being, we can't remember everything.

Anyway, wish you and your family Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin.

Semoga Tun akan terus berjuang, dan kami akan sentiasa bersama Tun.

Salam Aidilfitri,


By southerntrail on October 2, 2008 3:18 PM
salam Tun,

terasa sedih membaca posting Tun kali ini. Semoga Allah melindungi Tun dan keluarga dari fitnah manusia.

Salam aidilfitri

By kamal ahmad on October 2, 2008 3:19 PM
Salam Ayahanda Tun,

"1. I have a problem. I cannot remember the date I was married. As a result I always get into trouble with my wife."

Sir it is indeed our utmosts privilege to have you join our guild. I am motivated to email you our updated application form ASAP. Membership is free for life.

With kind regards and Selamat Hari Raya, Kamal.

By En.Waris on October 2, 2008 3:20 PM
Semasa Tun berkuasa ramai yang menjulang Tun demi sesuatu...
Yang tidak mendapat sesuatu sibuk menjaja nama Tun sebagai MAHA ZALIM.

Dan bila Tun bersara ramai tidak mempedulikan Tun, malah ada yang bertukar tindakan menjadi musuh Tun.

Dan setelah 4 tahun Pak Lah berkuasa, ramai pula yang nampak kebaikan semasa Tun jadi PM.


By rushdi2020 on October 2, 2008 3:21 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun and family.

For a person your age, your memory is actually remarkable.

This is my first write up, way off topic but wanting to be the first to respond, I sent in anyway. Ive been following your comments for some time and it seems that the more I read your comments, the more I come to admire and respect your brilliance and insightful thoughts. It certainly helps me understand issues better and deepens my scant political knowledge and I also appreciate the countless deeds you have done for this country. I realize that to become a PM one must certainly be highly credible plus possesses host of other distinguished traits which you have, but alas our current PM apparently doesn’t seem to have any. Sad but true. Our PM is a good person I believe, maybe a pious one too but mere good person is hardly inadequate to become PM. A good person can be a good leader of a family but certainly not to lead a country.

Like most, my support for the ruling government has deteriorated tremendously over the past five year, mainly due to many many factors. Tops is AAB indecisiveness, flip-flop decisions or worse no decisions. When big crucial matter arises why is it always his subordinates giving comments instead of himself taking charge. Where is he and What is he doing? Selalu cakap saya ada banyak kerja nak buat and so on but people see nothing come out of it. Now whenever he speaks, I just mute the sound because I don’t feel he has any substance to tell.

The Anwar factor: Never underestimate this “master of spin” factor. He still captures hearts of many with his robust and sublime oratory flair and he uses his repertoire skills much to his advantage. Emulating campaigning model to that of Obama’s US presidential campaign, DSAI crave to believe that he is comparable to charismatic Obama and I am just saddened that many are duped by his blank rhetorics and manipulations. Being a traditionalist, I am still clinging on to my late father’s words: “Orang yang pandai cakap selalunya tak pandai buat kerja”. While Obama may be on his way to the White House, I hope and pray that DSAI is a Permatang Pauh MP and stays just that. Period.

I also have apprehension of Najib as PM not because of his incapacity as a leader but more of the unpleasant rumors hallowing above his head. Rumours of his involvement in Altantuyas murder case are ubiquitous, and Najib somewhat did his denial part but his efforts seem too feeble and unconvincing. This lead the public to believe that the rumors are true. There is also widespread stories his “takut bini” and about his fiery wife actions and behavior akin to Yoko Ono's lady control over late Beatles’ John Lennon. I fear this rumors will persist and haunt his premiership and further dent UMNO and BNs image.

There are people suggesting that you should become a senior minister very much like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore but I totally disagree to this idea because people will promptly suggest the PM whoever he is, is inept and incompetent, and his moves are dictated by you as the puppet master. Be wary Tun and not to be easily enticed by power.

Tun, you certainly will go down in Malaysia’s history as the best PM and I wonder when there will be a PM like you to lead the country. When the legendary P Ramlee died some 30 years plus ago, we’re still longing for his replacement, “Dimanakan ku cari ganti”.

And as for the worst PM, I think the answer is self-evident. Pak Lah, Please, please, pleaselah Pak Lah, the rakyat has spoken. It’s a real pity and out of anger and frustrations, far too many nasty words have been thrown out to Pak Lah and for Tun and readers sake I would’nt cite examples here but in short, people are just fed up and sick to the bone of our current PM. To layman like me it is clear that AAB must go ASAP, and if he still has some dignity in him, he will retire honorably the sooner the better for the survival of this country.

Tun, I wish you all the best and do keep on writing if you still have the will. Selamat Hari Raya and my best regards to you and your family and most of all, take care Tun.

I am missing you already.

By adamjohari on October 2, 2008 3:24 PM
Heck I'm only 24 years of age and I can't remember where I placed my phone... now where is it?

By Tommy on October 2, 2008 3:24 PM
You are right Tun, most people cant remember in detail. As i was about to remind you to read a reply on your blog, i forgot the date that person wrote and now i have to go back and search again. Right SEPTEMBER 15TH 2.31PM please read and tell us if this is true and sinful ( dosa )for the lecturer to do so !

Dont forget to read ! September 15th 2.31pm reply to yuor blog by UiTM

By hafiz ismail on October 2, 2008 3:25 PM
'so please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details. It can be fatal for you.'

well said Tun.

By Tommy on October 2, 2008 3:35 PM
By secret_heart on September 15, 2008 2:03 PM
Dear TUN,

as a student from the controversial UiTM, i felt really sad of our current racial situation. I as person am against racial sentiments, but from what i see here in UiTM, even the lecturers inject us with racial hatred by implicating the post-graduation problem of employment as we are all malays and that it's hard to compete in the corporate world that is dominated by the chinese. If those lecturers intentions are to motivate us to ensure competitiveness, but most of them failed as they only make the malays here harbor hate towards other races.

I can't imagine 13th may happening all over again as i do have chinese and indian friends and i appreciate being friends with them as i have been bored of the malays stereotyped character: pessimistic and envious of others while they have done nothing to earn what others have.

Please Tun, most of the people i know do dream of the Malaysian Malaysia. And we know you can make it happen. You're always able to pull of such miracle like the 1997 economic crisis. Perhaps you would pursue in becoming 'Bapa Keharmonian'.

To all people, let's just stop generalising and learn to appreciate this country. For ourselves, and for Tun!

By former BN supporter on October 2, 2008 3:42 PM
Read for yourself the following which i download from one of the reply from sept 15th 2.03 pm reply to tun's blog. Hope someone can lodge a report and lets investigate this and save them from commiting DOSA works ! it's sinful to do that ! No wonder unity is so hard to achieve ! if they found guilty, charge them under ISA to those so call lecturer ! Hisham, take action ! Please read and scare your heart out !

By secret_heart on September 15, 2008 2:03 PM
Dear TUN,

as a student from the controversial UiTM, i felt really sad of our current racial situation. I as person am against racial sentiments, but from what i see here in UiTM, even the lecturers inject us with racial hatred by implicating the post-graduation problem of employment as we are all malays and that it's hard to compete in the corporate world that is dominated by the chinese. If those lecturers intentions are to motivate us to ensure competitiveness, but most of them failed as they only make the malays here harbor hate towards other races.

I can't imagine 13th may happening all over again as i do have chinese and indian friends and i appreciate being friends with them as i have been bored of the malays stereotyped character: pessimistic and envious of others while they have done nothing to earn what others have.

Please Tun, most of the people i know do dream of the Malaysian Malaysia. And we know you can make it happen. You're always able to pull of such miracle like the 1997 economic crisis. Perhaps you would pursue in becoming 'Bapa Keharmonian'.

To all people, let's just stop generalising and learn to appreciate this country. For ourselves, and for Tun!

Can you imagine what

By Nik Rosman on October 2, 2008 3:42 PM
Assalamuakum Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya.

Actually you very sharp and of course 'people' can't remember everything what has he done for over 10/15 years back..but not only that period; 1 or two day also people can'remember.

For sure Tun, this article ramai orang akan terasa cili.

Congratulations Tun, you are the the Greatest Leader.

By Noor Azman Embi on October 2, 2008 3:43 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun, tried to sms the wish on the raya dedication, but to bad as Im using the pakistan number here in Mipur, the msg did not go through.

It's always interesting the way u look at things Tun. Even the law sometimes turns like a practical joke when we relate it in our lifes.

The political situation there back home still turn my stomach. Been praying things will get better in times.

It's been an honoured to have u around with all your blog. I really appreciated it.

Please take care of health Tun. The thought of loosing you scares me. We still need u Tun.


Salam from Mirpur, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Pakistan

Noor Azman Embi

By Asvocalasyou on October 2, 2008 3:44 PM
Then,why not write your biography before they are completely erased from your memory?
You look healthy,albeit your cardio problem but that shouldn't affect your brain,it cannot be that you cannot remember all at the Lingam inquiry.Many have speculated that you had "played acting" at the Inquiry.I won't want to ask for an answer.
If one is going to face it the second time round,I am sure certain precautionary measures would have taken,unless one is that stupid,so that it beats the threshold of the law by making it difficult for the DPP to prove a prima facie case.My reading is that it would be thrown out before defence.
Let us know of your thoughts about the memory course after you attended it.
If it is good and the cost is reasonable,it's good idea to attend and perhaps a government ministry should sponsor so that many senior citizens may benefit from it.

By De_Enshrouded_One on October 2, 2008 3:48 PM
Salam Sejahtera buat Tun Dr Mahathir, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah serta keluarga....

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri & Maaf Zahir & Batin. Semoga keluarga Tun berdua riang dan girang semasa sambutan Syawal tahun ini.

Tun, "Melayu Mudah Terlupa" seperti yang pernah Tun nyatakan suatu masa dahulu......

By zul ali on October 2, 2008 3:48 PM
Selamat hari raya adidil fitri to Tun Dr Mahathir and family,

Am i the first? If yes, it will be the day i'll remember.

Maaf zahir dan batin.

By ze_alan on October 2, 2008 3:53 PM
asalamualaikum ayahanda dan bonda...
selamat hari raya..moga sihat sejahtera hendaknya..

saya ingin berkongsi perasaan dengan ayahanda..pada satu syawal saya amat terkejut dengan berita mengenai kumpulan hindraf yang menyerbu rumah terbuka hari raya di pwtc...
mungkin saya tidak tahu banyak mengenai politik, tetapi saya merasakan ini merupakan tindakan yang amat memalukan pekembar, melayu dan agama Islam terutamanya...

jadi di bulan syawal nie saya menyeru agar ayahanda dapat menulis serba sedikit mengenai hindraf secara lebih jelas berkenaan pandangan ayahanda...serta tindakan yang ayahanda rasa perlu untuk mengatasi masalah nie..
mungkin permintaan saya agak besar kerana meminta ayanda untuk berfikir lagi mengenai masalah negara, tetapi saya rase ini perlu kerana saya melihat kepimpinan pekembar yang amat lemah sekarang serta situasi politik yang amat tidak boleh dijangka...
selepas saya melihat berita tersebut, saya ingin mendapatkan maklumat mengenai kejadian tersebut, tetepi hari ini tiada berita mengenai kejadian tersebut di kaca televisyen..
saya merasa sedih kerana jika kejadian tersebut dipandang remeh maka ia boleh menjadi luka yang akan meletup..
moga ayahanda dapat pertimbangkan permintaan ini untuk tatapan semua pembaca lawan ayahanda....

sekali lagi ku pohon maaf dari ayahanda dan bonda di hari raya nie..harap ayanda sentiasa dikurniakan ingatan yang kuat oleh Allah..moga sihat selalu...

salam aidilfitri dari,
sahrul alam bin nordin ahmad
gua musang

By enas on October 2, 2008 3:54 PM
hope i am the first

By alpha1 on October 2, 2008 3:54 PM
Hi Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to you and Tun Siti Hasmah. I'm surprised that you have time to blog. No visitors to entertain? I must say that after reading the posting above, you are hinting or trying to refer to someone, aren't you? That's the classic Tun Mahathir. I like it though.
Anyway, may you have the health to stay for years to come so that everyone who appreciates you can give you their blessings. Have a good day ahead sir!

By shahrul on October 2, 2008 3:56 PM
Salam Tun....lucky me I guess for being the first to comment on this article. First and foremost..Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin.

Sometimes when we makan at any restaurant and it was time to pay we couldn't remember what we just least for a few seconds..or at least one dish..especially when we get older.....

but the again it would be so simple as to keep on blaming the failure of our faculty when we are actually hiding something....don't you think???

By enas on October 2, 2008 3:57 PM
I totally agree with you Tun. I still remember someone to me that Melayu Mudah Lupa...but even the chinese & indian also mudah lupa on how they started here in Tanah Melayu...

By ReoX on October 2, 2008 3:58 PM
Dear Tun,
Through out my 28 years of living on this world, I have learned one thing very important, and that is we as human being, we memorize with our brain but we keep and cherish something with our heart. So if you want to memorize something for a very long time, don't memorize it with your brain but with your heart.

By Jed Yoong on October 2, 2008 4:01 PM
I can remember oNE DATe very clearly...Sep 16 2008....Nothing significant happened...
Selamat Hari Raya, Tun.

By lebaikudin on October 2, 2008 4:02 PM
Salam Tun & fellow bloggers,
1.I failed to grasp your intention of bringing up the issue of memory power,unless you got BIG trouble with authority or something

2.In the court of law,you only run into trouble when you got 'selective amnesia' against evidence,affidavit,statutory declaration

3.Keeping a diary can do wonders.In the modern day we have umpteen type of gadget such as PDA,camera phone,ipod to help upkeep and organize teenie-weenie details

4.Since all computers are equipped with webcam, logging on to Facebook,Blogging,You Tube,Myspace could serve the purpose

5.With these kind of modern gadgets,who need to learn memory power?


By alpha1 on October 2, 2008 4:03 PM

If humans can have good memory, the wouldn't have forgotten all that you have done for the country and your once allies. Does the name Badawi, Nazri, Semi, ring the bell? Its not only Melayu Mudah Lupa, but Mereka Mudah Lupa would suit better. Gd day sir!

By d4uh on October 2, 2008 4:16 PM
selamat hari raya...mgkin tun bole cuba amalkan surah ar-rahman utk kuatkan ingatan...

By Alistaire on October 2, 2008 4:26 PM
Thats not true at all, admirable ex-PM of mine.

I am a law student myself, so I know enough of the law to say that that is not the law, that is not what the law intends to achieve in terms of evidence.

It is enough that you remember enough to go beyond reasonable doubt, there was never an intent on the framers of criminal law in any given jurisdiction to bother with the nitty gritty. I understand fully you predicament in how those 2 judges of the Federal Court have decided in the Anwar case last, and I share it. Those judges should never have given affect to law of criminal evidence the way they did, and they have pretty much screwed up the law so much that it would be impossible to convict any more sodomite in the country.

Selamat Hari Raya to you and your family.

By cyberwira on October 2, 2008 4:32 PM
Selamat hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin Dari Cyberwira@Lancang Kuning sekeluarga kepada Tun Sekeluarga.

Dengan Ucapan. Di kala kita meraikan kemenangan umat islam berhari raya, janghanlah dilupakan kepada mereka yang memerlukan kebahagian dan kegembiraan.


By babacurious on October 2, 2008 4:39 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun

Haha another good one from Tun.
However, my gut feeling tells me there is a ‘story’ behind this article. I believed it is only human that we forget but the question is, are we really forgetful or do we deliberately forget? If I may be so ignorant to say that we may tend to forget day, dates, months, years and time but not events. It may slip off our mind but our brains have the capability to recall such events that had happened previously in our life, briefly or otherwise. It is true when Tun said, “God has endowed Man (and Woman) with the ability to remember” but it’s not exactly correct when you said, “That is the basic difference between us and the animals”. Animals like elephants, cats, dogs etc do have the capability to remember as well. The phrase: “one has a memory of an elephant” rings the bell.

In reference to your para 8.
“I am going to take a memory course. Should I have occasion to be investigated or summoned to face a trial, I would be able to remember the suit I wore any day in my life and where I was when wearing the particular suit on a particular day.”

In jest, may I ask Tun..did Tun forget something you wore on a particular day besides the suit? It’s also very important to remember other details when answering in court. There’s every possibility the judge and the legal councils would also like to know the color of your underwear…perhaps? Haha Maaf Zahir & Batin.

Take care and may god protect my dear Tun always. God Bless.

By akupun on October 2, 2008 4:50 PM
hi tun
please write more on US financial crisis and effect to global economy.

im in early 30's, i suffer more bad memory loss problem, maybe because i drink too much china set milk before.

By AzmIe_(",) on October 2, 2008 4:51 PM
I Love You Tun.

By cleffairy on October 2, 2008 4:55 PM
Dear Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya maaf Zahir dan batin. When I saw your entry on memory, and how you always seems to forget important dates such as wedding anniversary and birthday, I almost choked on the tea that i was drinking when I was reading your entry. It's nice to see that you share the same problem that most men have... the convenience to forget important dates. LOL. We women definitely can remember dates pretty well...I don't know why men have such difficulties to do so. I believe that you're not the only one who gets into trouble with your wife for forgetting such dates, because my other half forgets important dates all the time too despite being in his early twenties. :-(

Actually, I do not know where your entry is heading until I read your no. 9, which is someone's inability to recall a certain trauma that he went through. I finally understood what you are trying to say. If someone was put through certain terror, he's most likely to remember the event very clearly, unless of course, he's lying or he's paid to lie. :-D

I have to pen down now, Tun, take care, God bless, and if God willing, I'll meet you in your open house this coming Sunday.

Yours truly,

By zainnan on October 2, 2008 5:00 PM
Most people can memorise very well about the good things that they have encountered, while many others can memorise very well the bad things which they have encountered. Naturally, very few people have the ability to remember everything very well in their life times.

Knowing the different patterns of human memory, there is no assurance that witnesses who are called to court would testify the truth. And it is indeed irony for the court to subpoena witnesses who have short memory to testify in courts.

And it would be more pointless for the court to reguire a witness who is ill-memoried to swear before his testimony that he would speak the truth but nothing except the truth.

God The Almighty is great for He created everything, including the human race. Knowing very well the behaviour of human being which He created, God presiding the Divine Court in the next world do not believe anymore in the mouth to tell the truth, but the ears, eyes, hands and legs would speak the truth.

In this worldly courts, and knowing that human has short memory, whether as prosecution or defence witnesses, it is definite if we are in a position to fix the judges !

By annie on October 2, 2008 5:01 PM
Dear Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya to you and your beloved wife, Tun Hasmah.

Great to hear from you Tun on 2nd day of Hari Raya.

Hmm..... I am trying to figure out what Tun meant on this article. I am very sure Tun as always trying to tell us something. This is not just a plain Human Memory article, is it Tun? I know there are more to it.

Well I guess with all the ketupat and the curry daging have slowed me down a bit.

Anyway, it looks like I am the first.

By zainnan on October 2, 2008 5:03 PM
Most people can memorise very well about the good things that they have encountered, while many others can memorise very well the bad things which they have encountered. Naturally, very few people have the ability to remember everything very well in their life times.

Knowing the different patterns of human memory, there is no assurance that witnesses who are called to court would testify the truth. And it is indeed irony for the court to subpoena witnesses who have short memory to testify in courts.

And it would be more pointless for the court to reguire a witness who is ill-memoried to swear before his testimony that he would speak the truth but nothing except the truth.

God The Almighty is great for He created everything, including the human race. Knowing very well the behaviour of human being which He created, God presiding the Divine Court in the next world do not believe anymore in the mouth to tell the truth, but the ears, eyes, hands and legs would speak the truth.

In this worldly courts, and knowing that human has short memory, whether as prosecution or defence witnesses, it is definite if we are in a position to fix the judges !

By winnets on October 2, 2008 5:03 PM
u are so right on that,selamat hari raya Tun.& many many happy returns,,,,,,

By fawz on October 2, 2008 5:05 PM
Salam Tun,
Judges & Lawyers sometimes forget that they are fallable human beings too! especially those with wicked ulterior motives.
Thanks, Wassalam.

By KT Liew on October 2, 2008 5:05 PM

How was your Hari Raya ? I think it must good especially meeting up with all your beloved ones , just like me , a chinese always appreciate the spirits of Chinese New Year where in that particular day , all the family members meet together.

About this memory issue, I do agree with you on certain issues but not what you mention about issues relating to evidence in court.

I am a lawyer by profession. With greatest respect to Tun, People like your standard should have written records on what you are doing at that time and even if you don't , you have assistants to assist you especilally on important matters.

I always record down what I do in case I lost memory of it, and I always tell my staffs to put on record on who they talk to and about what so that nobody can point figures at each other.

If Tun is hinting on the possible issues regarding the sacking of judges, yes Tun may forgot what was said at that time but then surely there are records on it. Now , the issue is where are this record (if any) , and this exactly what the court are looking, not primarily on oral evidence itself. The best evidence is document evidence , and in legal terms we called it as "real evidence".

Can you sack a judge simply by telling him that you are now sacked without any record as the reason why the judge was sacked ?

On sodomy cases, especially with the present sophiscated gadgets, it not difficult to obtain real evidence, but then the victim or the criminal surely must know the exeact location and also the inside of the secene itself. Just like an artist who paint a picture of a live human being or a specific place , he must have the exact visual in order to make out his painting.

This is my personal professional view and I maybe wrong in certain things but I do hope my contribution herein can render some assistance to Tun in a way that a person may not neccesary have to attend a memory course where you have to pay for it. Just adopt the simple way ie just try to pen down whatever important thing that you do , and for double protection , if you have a computer now just input the record therein.

As a Malaysian, what worries me now is how our country will face the on coming financial turmoil ?

All politicians should sit down and use their head together to overcome this financial turmoil.

Thank you and have a nice day , Tun.

By Poh on October 2, 2008 5:07 PM

Dear Tun,

I thought you would be taking a break during this Hari Raya or preparing for the open house.

I cannot read your mind, but I am sure you are trying to say something. Anyway, some people have very good memory. Some of my friends who are into business and have made it good have very good memory for dates, numbers and faces. I have a friend who sometimes play golf with me. He could remember the many types of wager that he plays against us. At the end of the 18 holes, he would know how much he made or lost to each one of us. Poor me, I had to refer to my score card!

Artists have very good memory for details. Lat is one of them. I bet he would still know the details of his home town of Batu Gajah.

I am surprised that you said you have poor memory. Doctors have good memory for they need to remember the medicines that they are to prescribe for each sickness.

By Adym on October 2, 2008 5:13 PM
Very deep meaning this time.
1)Sometimes person like Dr.Siti Hasmah care about sentimental values and repeating doing so yearly.
2)Thus, she bare in mind of all special occasions, makes her remember most birth dates and your anniversary.
3) Person who talks lie are unable to remember on what said n done.
4) Person as busy as you and many occasion attended and nothing attracted u, make u forget things easily.
5) Person who had been sodomised surely remember every details futhermore repeatedly..
6) Same goes to person have been raped, they are in trauma!!!
7) Same goes to my accident with merc road gangster year 2005 kl-seremban hgway, i still can remember the car plate number.

Thanks for reminder Tun Dr.mahathir muhammad.
To everybody, try to train your brain every second 'to think' at least play Sudoku.
regards to all

By ventura on October 2, 2008 5:14 PM
The jurisdiction of our laws does work in that system. Unless in the mere future one can able to use hypnotic and have the technology to abstract out the photographic of the incident and transform it out in picture. Then one is always suppress to the mercy of the Juries and Judges in playing to the justice of the crime.

Because of this criminal get off always or at times being innocently sentenced and convicted.

At either vice versa the memory of the goodness or evil that reside in the mind will always be the Judge and will thereof face judgment when the times come. This one there will be no escape compare to our intelligent. As HIS ways are HIGHER than our…….

The crime will be JUST by itself when the end near!

By jurublog on October 2, 2008 5:14 PM

Your memory is as good as people in their twenties. I have heard stories of your outstanding attention to details and remembering the reasons behind the details.

But, what you mentioned in your article is also right. Most of the time in court, the lawyers will do their best to solicit answers to minute details and attack you if the answers are contradictory. May be the best answer would be not to answer to minute detail.

Salam Aidil Fitri.

By matsiam on October 2, 2008 5:23 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin last i am the 1st. me you are so brillant.

Salam Tun

Mohd Zamaney
KSAH Old Boys 85'

By Abdul Hayee on October 2, 2008 5:24 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun,

Kelemahan saya pula adalah untuk mengingat nama orang. Walaupun kenal sangat dengan orang itu tetapi lupa namanya. Yang paling sedih apabila kita berbual-bual dengannya tetapi kita masih tak ingat namanya. Teringat saya kalaulah semua orang mengamalkan memakai name tag seperti yang Tun sarankan, ia dapat menyelesaikan masaalah saya.

Tetapi saya diberi kelebihan sikit mengingati nombor. Banyak juga nombor telefon, nombor kereta, nombor kad pengenalan dan tarikh lahir isteri,anak2 dan cucu2 yang boleh saya ingat. Jadi ramailah kawan dan jiran telefon saya untuk bertanyakan nombor telefon ahli keluarga saya.

Begitulah manusia ini. Tidak ada yang sempurna. Yang sempurna hanya ALLAH TAALA.

Insya Allah anak saya Khairul Nizar Abd.Hayee serta keluarganya yang tinggal di Shah Alam akan berkunjung ke rumah Tun pada 5hb Okt.ini. Saya menjangkakan ramai orang yang akan hadir nanti kerana Tun adalah pemimpin yang disayangi rakyat dari semua kaum. Saya percaya mereka datang bukan keutamaannya kerana hendak menjamu selera tetapi untuk berjumpa dan bersalam sambil mengucapkan selamat hari raya kepada Tun.


By midori_lisa on October 2, 2008 5:26 PM
Dear Dr M,
First of all,please allow me to wish you and your family "Selamat HariRaya".
I don't know whether after reading the above posting made me laugh or cry. You see, my beloved late husband used to be just like you -and more often than not forgets our wedding anniversary or my birthdays. So I said to him, at least I am "historical but not hysterical". The only thing that I am hopeless at remembering is to re-enact an argument and I ended up saying things in a different context but same meaning... you know what I mean. But that spell trouble isn't it. The topic of argument thus become pointless as everyone involved said they didnt say "this" or "that" :)
Having said that, what did you say last year today?????

By leading on October 2, 2008 5:31 PM

We must be given a choice for either "Remember to forget" or "Forget to remember".

In particular, it is simply not fair to punish someone who can not recall 100% of a police report made after a while.


By mlss on October 2, 2008 5:39 PM
Good evening Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya Puasa.

I agreed with you... same things happen to me.. i only can remember my weedding.. other than that i depend to my wife.. who can remember all kind of dates... its miracle to me.


By nobody on October 2, 2008 5:40 PM
Assalammua'laikum Ayahanda Tun,

Ummmmm.....I forgot what to say.Ohhh yes..Now I remember!

Wishing you and family SELAMAT HARIRAYA AIDILFITR.May Allah bless you and family with good health always.InsyaAllah.

I have the same problem too.Maybe what is important to others may not be so important to us.Thats why our memory failed to write this minute details and store in our hard drive(mind).Like a computer hard drive, our memory power slows down as it ages.Just like a computer.

Maybe someday, humans will find a way to upgrade the mind to a better processor or memory chip just like upgrading a computer hardware.Only then we can boost our memory performances.

Does this mean that I have to remember to remember.....ohhh God!I forgot again.


By romeo on October 2, 2008 5:41 PM
Salam Ayahanda Tun dan Keluarga.
Pertama sekali Selamat Hari Raya kepada ayahanda sekeluarga.

Memang benar Ayahanda Tun..Benda yg baik sebenarnya susah di ingat..tetapi yg
kurang baik boleh di ingat..sesetengah "orang" tak mahu ingat.Siapa nak mengaku tambah2 kalau kes meliwat orang lain..Saya tak mahu negara saya yg telah maju di pimpin oleh "PELIWAT."
Apa pun teruskan memberi tahu apa yg tersirat Ayahanda..Anakanda senantiasa berkempen di tempat kerja(Kapal terbang) tentang laman blog dan kepimpinan Ayahanda!!


By kchan on October 2, 2008 5:43 PM
reading your blogpost remind us that you're human afterall. i have that problem of remembering date too.. even my own birthday i'll sometime missed. :D

take good care and stay healthy always!

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By SFA on October 2, 2008 5:45 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun Dr. Mahathir,

Terkejut buka laman web Tun tapi belum ada beribu-ribu comment diposting.Hari raya le katakan...
'So please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details.'
But not everything is something. It could be just nothing...

Salam lebaran dari perantauan.

By wisdom67 on October 2, 2008 6:02 PM
Akum Tun,

Salam Aidil Fitri to you and your family.

Me to cannot remember my kids age, well I got to guess.

hope to see meet u this Sunday.

By fadil on October 2, 2008 6:02 PM
Salam Dear Tun and Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to you and the family.

I think this piece was written in response to Zaharan Razak's ""I" of the Storm: Dr Mahathir's Last Hooray?" ( in which a blogger, in his comment on the piece - conveniently accused you for having selective amnesia with regards to the VK Lingam's case.

Anyhow, well said, Tun! We should all take a memory course. Another course maybe worth taking would be on how to avoid a Freudian slip so that 'tak tersasul kata' (our friends in the Pakatan Rakyat should be the first ones to enroll for this course, in my humblest opinion).

I pray for your good health and of Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah's also.

By AAI on October 2, 2008 6:02 PM
Tun , coming to 66 I am beginning to forget a lot of things which were done a few days back or even a few hours ago . But fortunately I don't forget what you have done for the country and the people .

By lottalove on October 2, 2008 6:04 PM
Selamat Hari Raya, Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin.

Kita semua setuju that god tak minta kita untuk record the chronologies of our life untuk hari pembalasan nanti. sebab itu nabi nasihat kat kita supaya dont tell lies because satu sen pun tak benefited to us. so islam percaya kepada hari pembalasan itu, and we know that we will be judge accordingly.

different between human and animals ...human can play gods. we created the human laws. the accused can ask for 4 witnesses, and can choose his own god. i wonder if you ask your wife for evidence bout the dates. maybe she will started to remember the date which u wish not to remember. and maybe thers more wish for her ...

my wife even can remember the fisrt word i spoke to her....and i dont know how to respond i just borrow your smile (without permission...sorry)

By JoeBOP on October 2, 2008 6:14 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun Mahathir Sir,

It brings me great honour to wish you Selamat Hari Raya! May God Bless you!

I can't wait for this weekend to meet you at your Hari Raya Open House. Hopefully I will get to meet you in person and exchange Hari Raya greetings:)

btw, I am a Malay Singaporean who is jaded with life here. I look up to you Sir for inspiration, so I don't mind the long journey by bus from Singapore to K.L. just to attend your Open House.

Continue the good fight!...May God bless you always!

Respectfully yours,

By PAS Member on October 2, 2008 6:14 PM
Maha Suci Allah Yang Tidak Tidur dan Tidak Lupa.

Selamat Hari Raya.

By giri on October 2, 2008 6:17 PM
hai tun,
how was your raya celebrations went on?this is a good one to think about and i strongly agree with it.i know it's about the lingam case and perhaps tun might involved or not involved in this case...............hopefully not.........but i think it's normal to do anything that can protect yourself if u are in power,that's also one of human's nature.human also has many weak points like not perfect,ungrateful,greedy, this modern world,humans are fighting among themselves to be top so this what is happening in our country right now.

By moshab on October 2, 2008 6:17 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun dan Salam Aidilfitri...

Semoga Tun dan para pembaca/pengikut laman blog ini bergembira menyambut Raya pada kali ini...

Boleh ka Tun memberi serba sedikit berkenaan Krisis Kewangan yang berlaku di Amerika...? Hairan juga negara besar macam tu boleh dapat krisis macam ni... baru2 ni dia orang luluskan 700 bilion usd untuk 'cover' kerugian yang ada... mampus rakyat yang bayar cukai nak tanggung semua ni...

Harap semua ini tidak berlaku di Negara Kita Malaysia...

Harap Tun bentang kan tajuk di atas untuk tajuk blog selepas ini...


Kakitangan Awam Yang Resah.

By Elizabeth on October 2, 2008 6:17 PM

At this juncture, whatever one wants to believe, or not believe, there will still be varied different opinion. We who believe in you, are people who wants to look to the good. Those who don't, you know why.

As had been said many times, million times, etc. if we want to argue - no matter why, there will be reasons to argue. Facts are facts, and truths will be truths. Our conscience determines and only Allah knows.

I am just grateful, you are what you are.

God bless!

By Tea Dean on October 2, 2008 6:25 PM
Salam Tok Det & bloggers,

The best and efficient to train memory is by reciting Al-Quran and looking at Kaabah regularly. Somebody had told me before and I don't remember who, but I did it and it works! It's God's miracle, can't never explain it.

And Quran recitor never do bad thing to people like calling people names, talking bad things, beating up people, accused people or whatever bad it is.

It's better not to talk/speak if the words do not benefit anybody in this world or in the HereAfter.

p/s: To all, as I always said, whatever we do, HE is watching us. You can never imagine HIS punishment.

By Anak My on October 2, 2008 6:26 PM

You do not need to bother too much about the laws because you are going to face the eternal judgment conducted by the Almighty God very soon. He will recall all your memories. If you have not done anything wrong, why bother.

By Onlooker on October 2, 2008 6:30 PM

What's the matter with Tun now? Many Malaysians, including the non-Malays, are still in Hari Raya mood but Tun already starts to talk about Sodomy on the second day of Hari Raya!

Tun might not be able to remember everything which happened in the past but I just hope that Tun can recall the events of 1998 and answer the following questions of mine:
1) Why did you force the former owner of Magnum Corporation and Multi-purpose Bank, Mr. Lim Thian Kiat, to sell off his shareholdings in these two groups of companies?
2) Wasn't it because you suspected that Lim Thian Kiat was the crony of Anwar who hired Dato Nara Karuppan to go lobby Anwar for license approval when Anwar was still the Finance Minister in your 1997/1998 cabinet?
3) Could you swear on al-Quran that you were not aware of any womanizing deal which happened in Tivoli Apartment with Dato Nara Karuppan serving as the middle man? Could you swear also that you were not aware that the Police had twisted and turned the womannizing deal into a sodomy deal based on either your implied hint or your straight-forward and open suggestion or on any possible misunderstanding about your saying in 1998 by the Police officer who reported his investigation on Anwar to you in your capacity as the Prime Minister?

Anyway, I am glad that Tun can still remember your old acquiantance Anwar, even though Tun might not remember that Tun did allow Tan Sri Rahim Noor to send me to ISA detention camp in 1998. Anyway, I should be thankful to Tun since the ISA detention changed me spiritually and turned me to strongly believe in God. I always remember Tun, especially during Hari Raya Aidilfitri when "Maaf Zahir Batin" is the message sent by God to all.

Here are the further messages which I wish to share with Tun with holy purposes:

Mengingati TEMAN tanda persahabatan.
Mengingati MATI sumber kekuatan IMAN.
Mengingati AKHIRAT semulia-mulia INGATAN.
Dan mengingati TUHAN itulah ketenangan.


By forgotten_warrior on October 2, 2008 6:35 PM
Yeah, this time im the first one.

Salam & Selamat Hari raya to Tun,
im glad that im born and grown up in your era.

Please take care of urself and family.

malaysian citizen since 1984 :)

By sully on October 2, 2008 6:35 PM
salam hormat Tun Mahadhir

Selamat hari raya aidil fitri sekeluarga

Memang benar apa yang di katakan Tun. Saya rasa ada tiga kemungkinan.
kemungkinan pertaman kejadian liwat sering di lakukan sehingga lupa semua details nya.Kemungkinan kedua dua2 pelaku menikmatinya dan tidak ada niat buat laporan polisi.Kemungkinan ketiga semuanya dusta sahaja tidak pernah berlaku.Tapi kalau tidak belaku saya tidak percaya kerana hanya mereka yang tidak siuman akan melaporkaqn kepada polis.Saya juga menyerahkan kepada pihak polis melakukan siasat yang professional.kalau kurang bukti dan kurang meyakinkan kes di gugor.

By sumana on October 2, 2008 6:37 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Idilfitri! Tun & Family

Jika seseorang itu hilang memory kerana usia tuanya boleh terima,jangan hilang memory secara pilihan hati sudahlah!

Ingatkah Tun mengapa serah pucuk pimpinan kpd Paklah tu? harap harap si Paklah tu juga masih ingat!

By mukeh on October 2, 2008 6:47 PM
brilliant entry tun!

By cikkiahmenulis on October 2, 2008 6:47 PM
As'kum yang dikasihi Tun,

Still in Hari Raya mood most of your readers… me as well. But by the way, great article as always and as cynical as ever. I got your point there. :) Wassalam and my Allah bless you.

By Zubli Zainordin on October 2, 2008 6:49 PM
Dear Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,

Thank you for posting in Syawal.

This is indeed an interesting topic.

I have a friend who always forget his keys. You can imagine his predicament. Such as, standing near his car after a Friday prayer, and near the masjid, with cars not moving since his is blocking, and the car key he forgot, is at the tempat wuduk. To walk back, is about "20 miles hour away!"

I told him, the next time and the next, he shall proclaim, "Kat ateh meja makan ropanya aku letak konci kereta", He is allowed to sound like a leader proclaiming "Merdeka!" Then do what ever is necessary, when done, "Mana aku letak konci kereta tadi?"

So, I agree with you, when you wrote: So please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details. It can be fatal for you.

By Eddie on October 2, 2008 7:01 PM
Human's memory is fallible.

Sometimes, we think that we know something well and we insist on it but in fact it is just a false impression. There is a trap in our mind.

As said by Edward de Bono: Perception is real even though it is not reality.

Can we trust our memory?

No, unless we record all the details we encounter in life in words so that no error will occur. This is plain nonsense because our time is too precious for doing this kind of thing.

Great post.

By girithar81 on October 2, 2008 7:05 PM
dear tun, wishing u and your family a very happy aidilfitri... i like the way u spoke about memories.. i'll start to remember too ... thanks

By Razi on October 2, 2008 7:05 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun,
By any standard your memory is well above average! For sure, yours is better than mine. Many people I have spoken to have said you remember a lot about history and were able to recollect a lot about what happened in the past and not just about Malaysia. I believe what is important is to remember things that are relevant to the survival of our country. On this I rate you A. I have been wanting to write in your blog for quite some time. Now that I happen to be in front of my laptop and reading your latest blog, I better say something.

When you and your predecessors (except Tunku Abdul Rahman) were Prime Ministers this country was run pretty well. A lot of progress and development were made especially under your tenure. I have been your fan ever since I was a student and have benefited a lot from your tenure. However, when Pak Lah became prime minister, things have not been going well and a lot of people are very disappointed with him. You are definitely one of them. My concern is HOW DO WE ENSURE A GOOD SUCCESSION of leadership prevails in our beloved country.

Is our present system of choosing a leader and ensuring that he is the best candidate good enough? I tend to make comparison between how we choose a leader in Malaysia vs. how USA chooses their leader. Can we change or improve our system of choosing a leader (prime minister)? I believe we need to change the system to ensure that there is NOT another Pak Lah (or his equivalence) after this. Else, we would end up in another mess. The next time it happens you might not be around to write in this blog! I believe for someone to be a Prime Minister he should be tested thoroughly and be exposed to the public such that we (especially the voters) know that he is capable of leading us into the future. I noticed Pak Lah is WEAK in many areas such as communication, ability to comprehend current situations and answering questions. There are many other weaknesses I heard from others. These weaknesses would have been exposed if he were to take part in a debate with say Tengku Razaleigh! I believe something MUST be done to AVOID ANOTHER PAK LAH! Appreciate your comments and ideas on this issue please.

By wankedah on October 2, 2008 7:07 PM
salam tun
ya betul.. sebagai manusia biasa.. kita tak dapat ingat secara details dalam semua perkara benda yg dah lama berlalu..

selamat hari raya tun..

By ladapadi on October 2, 2008 7:16 PM
Assalamualaikum w.w.b

A very very good advised.

Thank a lot.

I'll remember what have TUN have done to the country.

By Faiz Al-Kelantani on October 2, 2008 7:19 PM
Melayu jangan mudah lupa... Kami sentiasa mengingati jasamu Tun...

By mohamed on October 2, 2008 7:21 PM

Dearest YBH TUN

A very interesting article indeed. I am a law abiding citizen of this country. I will try to heed your advice. But my problem is, like some of the human race, I am partly colour blind. I cannot see green.I cannot memorise what I cannot see. This has always been at the back of my mind. Can this be fatal for me?

Thank you TUN

By biso bonar on October 2, 2008 7:21 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun dan Toh Puan. Betul kata Tun. Saya pun lebih ingat peristiwa masa kecil daripada banyak peristiwa yang berlaku waktu usia dah semakin meningkat ni :).

By apaiinaiku on October 2, 2008 7:23 PM
Di mana semua?

By Mozafar on October 2, 2008 7:23 PM
Salam Aidil Fitri buat Tun sekeluarga.

"In a court of law, if you fail to remember every detail of what you did on a particular day 5, 10 or 15 years ago, then you must be lying, you must be hiding something."

Saya selalu berfikir bahawa Mahkamah yang dikatakan adil itu sebenarnya tidaklah adil sangat. Sebab seperti yang Tun sebutkan di atas jelas bahawa Mahkamah tidak akan mempertimbangkan sesuatu kes itu jika tarikh sesuatu yang terjadi itu bercanggah. Atau keterangan sesuatu yang telah terjadi 5, 10 tahun lalu tidak dapat dipastikan lalu ianya terus dibuang dari perbicaraan. Inilah ketidak adilan Mahkamah yang dikatakan adil itu.

Contoh kes liwat DSAI. Sebahagian Hakim mendapati ada unsur-unsur yang jelas bahawa perlakuan sodomi telah berlaku tapi oleh kerena bukti tak cukup sahih maka kes sodomi itu terus dibuang begitu sahaja. Sebaliknya DSAI hanya disabitkan kerena kes rasuah ekoran dari cubaan menutup perlakuan sodomi tersebut. Disinilah ketidak adilan Mahkamah.

Saya katakan tak adil sebab mangsa liwat yang menanggung derita, cemuhan, diaibkan dan tekanan perasaan akibat kena liwat tidak diambil kira oleh Mahkamah. Dimanakah keadilan jika pemangsa bebas dan mangsa pula terpaksa mengharungi sisa-sisa hidup seterusnya dianggap sebagai pendusta kerena keterangannya dianggap bohong atau fitnah?

Bagi pendangan saya jika pun Mahkamah mendapati keterangan tidak cukup sahih tetapi ada sedikit bukti berlaku juga sodomi sekurang-kurangnya pemangsa wajar dijatuhkan hukuman minimal bukan terus buang kes tersebut. Dengan demikian mangsa setidak-tidaknya terbela. Itu baru keputusan yang adil. Tidak memihak kepada mana-mana.

Ini cuma pandangan saya bukan mahu menghina Mahkamah.

Selamat hari raya aidil fitri. Maaf zahir bathin.

By santuary on October 2, 2008 7:29 PM
Salam Tun !

I hope Tun will come back soon to umno and do something about it , we are in a shamble right now . None from the top knows what's actually going on down here but they only know how to take care of their own pocket ! I must say this to you to get it off my chest , Tun you need to do something about that culprit in Rembau tun know who l'm talking about , wow that feels very good ! Anyway l saw Tun't picture in the news paper recently and l'm a bit worried about Tun's health , kenapa kurus sangat Tun !


By Danny Melaka on October 2, 2008 7:30 PM
Selamat Hari Raya to Tun Dr.M Tun Siti and Fly

i will be in your house on 5 oct

By musso on October 2, 2008 7:30 PM
Salam Tun, Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri dan Maaf Zahir Batin,
1)It is rather ridiculous to remember everything in life, normal human just can't remember what shirts there were wearing last 15 days ago. But it is true when in court you can't remember something then people will associate it with lying.
2)Tun, in case of UMNO, the movement is in trouble now and not relevant to youngsters now since the power play from the branch, division, state and to the top management is very dirty.
3)Umno pilih ketua cawangan berdasarkan kriteria berdasarkan org yg boleh memmpengaruhi org2 dalam cawangan tersebut dan juga di peringkan bahagian. Org2 ini samada mempunyai byk wang, atau org yang di'respect' sbb mungkin samseng, org hormat dan ikut apa yng diarahkan, mempunyai kuasa untuk mempengaruhi org.
4) Jarang sekali pemimpin ini dipilih berdasarkan kejujuran, dan org betul2 memperjuangkan aspirasi parti, sebab org yang lurus dan jujur akan sentiasa dipijak oleh ahli-ahli mereka.
5) Umno secara tak langsung menerapkan budaya rasuah dalam pergerakan bermula dari peringkat cawangan lagi, sebab itu lah maruah dan perjuangan ahli boleh dijual dengan hanya sehelai kain pelikat sahaja. Kebanyakan yg pegang jawatan bermula dari cawangan telah dijanjikan ganjaran jika sokong org2 tertentu dan menang untuk jawatan lebih tinggi dlm parti.
6) Kalau budaya ini diteruskan saya rasa UMNO akan pupus jugak satu hari nanti. Saya bukan org UMNO tapi saya sayang Malaysia dan berharap generasi akan datang tidak corrupt. Sebab ini lah golongan muda dan professional tidak sokong umno, nothing to loose. Please do something.


By Razli Dato' Alias on October 2, 2008 7:34 PM
Assalamualaikum & Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin Ayahanda Tun & Keluarga,

Hakikat perundangan sememangnya begitu, sesiapa yg bijak dan kaya dapat membeli peguam yg baik yg tahu menggunakan kelemahan perundangan untuk mempertahan atau menyerang.

Pada hemat saya pengaruh DSAI telah tercalar disebabkan peristiwa kali "kedua". Ini adalah tamparan terhebat bagi DSAI walau beliau selamat pada pilihanraya Kubang Pasu, namun pengaruhnya telah merosot dikalangan ulama dan penyokong PAS.

Walau DSAI tidak bersumpah ianya cukup untuk masyarakat yg cerdik pandai menilai siapa sebenarnya DSAI. Tidak perlu kita berkempen utk menunjukkan kesalahan dan keaiban beliau utk kali ini. Ianya telah terserlah.

Apa yg Tun telah tunjukkan pada kejadian "pertama" mungkin tidak dapat mempengaruhi sesetengah org, tetapi kini ianya telah berubah. PAS tidak akan menuntut DSAI memberi penerangan tentang kejadian "kedua". Cukup antara mereka berkata "faham faham aje lah".

Saya percaya rakyat Malaysia belum bersedia mempunyai seorang PM yg sebegini.

By apaiinaiku on October 2, 2008 7:35 PM
adik-adik...Di mana semua?

By al buntari on October 2, 2008 7:36 PM
Salam Tun... selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin...
semoga Tun dan Keluarga dalam lindungan Allah senantiasa...
apa yang Tun perkata kan itu NYATA ada kebenaran nya...

si Folan yang Durjana itu seharus nya di KUBUR kan... lama dulu

By Mohamed Inmran on October 2, 2008 7:36 PM
100% true Tun...sometimes we even cant memorize our own birthday. Further more as a Prime Minister once, its quit difficult for u to memorize Tun. Sometimes Imam also can forget their Quran reading while praying. Selamat Hari Raya Tun.

By Lee on October 2, 2008 7:41 PM
Selamat Aidil Fitri Tun,

I used to remember things and event very well when i was young till mid-age around 42years, maybe i was trained as a medical assistant which a lot of brain tuning and memory to force into my small brain. Now i am 55 years there are so many things i forgot totally and at many a time yesterday happenings seems so hard to recall exactly, my wife and friends says i am old. I say "Hey, Tun Mahathir is same age as my mom and he give speeches, real good speeches locally or internationally alike without notes, straight from the mouth and facts are always"
Tun you are one person in my life that i think have memory like what the saying,"memory of an elephant".
Stay strong Tun


By CeRminDiri on October 2, 2008 7:42 PM
selamat hari raya aidilfitri buat no 1 malaysia Tun dan Keluarga.
Semuga aidilfitri dapat mengeratkan hubungan umat isalam semua.

Perjuangan adalah satu jihat.

Perjuangan Tun masih belaum selasai. demi bangsa dan negara ramai dikalangan rakyat malaysia berharap dan menaruh harapan Tun Meneruskan perjuangan seperti yang telah Tun lakukan...

terima kasih Tun masih memberi masa demi rakyat dan negara..

By sherry on October 2, 2008 7:44 PM
Salam Tun,

Begitu juga dengan ramai pemimpin2 UMNO dan BN sekarang. Mereka telah lupa, atau pura2 lupa, atau berfikir orang lain telah lupa bahawa suatu masa dahulu semasa Tun Mahathir menjadi Presiden UMNO, Pengerusi BN dan Perdana Menteri Malaysia, mereka begitu menyanjung dan memuji kepimpinan, visi dan idea2 Tun, walaupun mereka sedia maklum bahawa Tun tidak pernah menuntut sanjungan dan pujian daripada mereka.

Kini setelah Tun tidak lagi menjadi pemimpin negara, mereka langsung lupa akan memori2 cinta mereka terhadap Tun, semata2 kerana teguran2, nasihat2 dan kritikan2 Tun terhadap kepimpinan Abdullah Badawi yang begitu lemah, lembab, bengang dan flip-flop yang telah menimbulkan kebencian kepada rakyat. Bagi mereka, zaman Tun sudah berlalu dan mereka menganggap Tun sebagai pengacau.

Kini terbukti kebanyakan rakyat yang cintakan keamanan, kesejahteraan ekonomi dan kestabilan politik terus menyokong tindakan2 Tun. Mereka sanggup mempertahankan Tun untuk mendedahkan segala kepincangan Kerajaan Abdullah Badawi dan konco2nya. Buat seketika konco2 ini berapi2 sanggup mencaci, menghina dan mencemoh Tun semata2 ingin membodek Abdullah Badawi dan mempertahankan jawatan2 yang mereka perolehi. Namun, mereka ini akhirnya tidak mampu lagi melawan arus suara rakyat.

Konco2 ini, seperti Khairy Jamaluddin, Nazri Aziz, Sabri Cheek, Zaid Ibrahim, Zahid Hamidi, Alwi, Anuar Musa, Shahrir Samad masih berusaha untuk melengah2kan peralihan kuasa, malah ada usaha untuk cuba mengekalkan kuasa Abdullah ataupun mengangkat menantunya sebagai Ketua Pemuda. Peraturan2 perlembagaan UMNO dijadikan permainan untuk mencapai cita2 ini.

Mengenai kes sodomi Anwar Ibrahim pada tahun 1998, ramai penyokong2 beliau terutama golongan muda tidak mengetahui bahawa hakim2 mahkamah mendapati ada bukti2 yang tidak dapat disangkal bahawa kelakuan salahlaku seks beliau dengan Sukma dan Azizan. Anwar hanya dibebaskan kerana mangsa2 Anwar lupa atau tidak ingat waktu yang tepat bila kelakuan2 tersebut berlaku.

Walaupun kini sudah berusia 83 tahun, namun ketajaman fikiran dan memori Tun masih mengatasi kebanyakan pemimpin2 sekarang yang tiada memori lain selain kuasa, jawatan dan harta.

By Sabad007 on October 2, 2008 7:46 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun,

Tidak satu pun perbuatan kita akan terlepas daripada dihitung oleh yang Maha Melihat iaitu ALLAH.

Melayu mudah lupa.. namun supaya kita sentiasa ingat bacalah sejarah lampau dan terkini.. sejarah human rights U.S yg sentiasa dibelakang DSAI.

By James on October 2, 2008 7:52 PM
Salams Tun,

A very good one indeed.

It is typical for lawyers will always expect us to remember every single petty detail moment of our lives.


By major (r)hj.anuar abd hamid on October 2, 2008 7:56 PM
Salam Tun,

This is the beauty of our law,and the wisdom of our learned Judge,no one can comment on them because you may be charge for contempt of court.Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case with Azizan is a classic example,Anwar was accquited due to Azizan's failure to remember the exact date and time of the incident.

The great Bar Council Chairman and its committe will never dare to comment on this sort of cases, they will shout and shout when dealing with racial issues and Islam.

By asamdidarat on October 2, 2008 8:03 PM
why do I get the feeling that this post has a hidden message to it?

Especially paragraph 9. You're trying to say something, aren't you, Tun?

Or maybe you're not. Maybe I'm being too suspicious. My memory's quite bad too I don't even remember my sisters' birthdays or even my parent's age, but strangely I remember vividly what some people who pass by me, strangers or even relatives and friends, what they wore on the last time I saw them. I remember this woman walking past me about many months ago in Mid Valley wearing this particular black dress with geometric prints on it. Then I bumped into the same woman again just during my last visit to Malaysia which was on Ramadhan this year. She wore the same dress, she had the same blonde hair. The human nature is funny, no?

Tun, how was your raya celebration? Our's is always dull. Betul kata orang, hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri.

Bak kata orang, di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung. Tapi masalahnya, saya tak mau junjung langit Brunei. Raya expired. Hari Khamis baru raya. Pelik.

By anakbudu3 on October 2, 2008 8:03 PM
Assalamualaikum Ayahanda Tun n Bonda,

guess i hv the same problem as you do! n may b worse!! i'm very weak at remembering dates n details of occasions. of course i remember the birthdays of my family members but in case of details on other dates n events i cant guarantee anything...let alone to remember the colours of clothes or names of people i rarely meet. my weakest point is number plate..i cant remember even after a short term encounter! so if i were to become a witness to give evidence in court i would face a lot of trouble , i say....

certain people keep a diary n write down every detail they experience on that day. it's a good step but how many of us keep track of what we do every day? i'm not keen in keeping a journal or writing in a diary so if things happen, i cant recount much...which makes me a bad witness...
Happy Eid, still...

By Sabad007 on October 2, 2008 8:04 PM
Assalamualikum Tun,

Saya langsung tak lupa sejarah Tanah Air tercinta ini. Saya juga tak akan lupa semua pemimpin yang telah menyumbang kepada kemakmuran dan kemajuan negara.

dan yang TAK AKAN DILUPAKAN dan akan dikutuk selama-lamanya adalah mereka-mereka yang menyebabkan negara ini rosak..

By harpoon on October 2, 2008 8:05 PM
my salam to tun and wishing you sekamat hari raya aidilfitri

"10. Such is the law. So please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details. It can be fatal for you. "

indeed it is true this happens only in this beloved country. where computer sharp memory is required from everybody.

although i may not agree with your every policy, i strongly support your legacy and policies that made our country strong and the people happy. not every demand can be fulfilled, but at least the majority demands must be adhered to by the country's leadership.

stay strong tun and we will support you


By pill on October 2, 2008 8:09 PM
dear sir,
but sometimes some memories are meant to be forgotten..

By Layne on October 2, 2008 8:18 PM
Salam Tun..

i've been reading your blog for quite sometime now.. and i must say, it's one of the very few useful things i've done this year. while friends my age prefer to read/write bimbo blogs .. i'm proud to sAy i'm addicted to my weekly dose of che det's posts!! your writings not only taught me a lot on serious stuff like financial,politics etc., you're helping me with my sarcasm.. yours are the best!! they're not all offensive but still each one really does kick butts! i'm glad you decided to come up with this blog and actually put your words up here. reading the posts makes me feel like you're actually talking to me, like a loving grandpa. and...coming from a member of the younger generation.. you're truly an idol! you're the best!! if i have a time machine, i'd travel to the 90's and stay there, in which racism and hatred never could have a stand in this country.. when we had you as our Leader!!

Heart You, UltimaTUN..

Selamat Hari Raya to you and Family

By VJ on October 2, 2008 8:22 PM
Good day Tun,

First of all Selamat Hari Raya to you and your family. I can catch your point in this article. I am 38 but I have also problem remembering the dates but again I complement with my wife. They sure have powerful memories on the dates. Even though we may not remember our day to day activity, but I believe that each decision that we make which sometimes contraditory to our principle or for other people satisfaction will stay on our mind forever. We can remember that for the rest of our lives.

Bye.... Vijay

By malaysiaku on October 2, 2008 8:29 PM

Selamat Hari raya Aidilfitri Utk Semua,

Tun,Please relex a bit and don't push yourself too much.Natural justices will take care and the true will be always pervail.
Remember the Universal Law "LAW OF KARMA" believe me nobody can and ever able to escape from this law,it's just like black hole even lights can't escape.

By Tea Dean on October 2, 2008 8:34 PM
Salam Tok Det,

Menjawab tentang pasai apa Tok Mah ingat tarikh-tarikh penting...

Wanita ni bila dia berleter/membebel saya rasa mungkin dia satu tindakbalas kimia/eletrik dalam otak yang menyebabkan dia mengingati perkara-perkara hahaha... bukan Tok Mah saja, mak saya, dan semua ibu-ibu lagu tu. Kita jarang jumpa ibu yang lupa perkara-perkara yang disebutkan oleh tok det. Memula dia akan berleter pasai satu benda , tapi tetengah berleter tiba-tiba dia teringat benda lain pulak, disambung lagi yang lain pulak, tu yang jadi panjang berjela.

Cuba tok det pulak berleter, kita tengok jadi lagu mana? Hahahaha melawak saja nooo

~Tea Dean~ 3 Syawal 1429

By s arasu on October 2, 2008 8:41 PM
Being sacarstic in comments cannot be helpful to anybody and creates a bad impression on the blogger himself.It is virtually impossible for any human being to remember everything especially trivial things mentioned by you.The issue is the relatively important things (therefore touched upon by the courts)are the ones at issue and to claim ignorance appears questionable.We all remember important things worth remembering!

By pensil2b on October 2, 2008 8:42 PM
This is my first comment on your blog, Tun.
I am always impressed the way you put your thoughts into words.
This is sharp, witty, at the same time hilarious!
Selamat Hari Raya Tun, see you this Sunday.

By borneoben on October 2, 2008 8:56 PM
Selamat Hari Raya sir. Errm...oh dear, I forgot what else I was going to say...Hmmm, a memory course would indeed be helpful.

Certain people never seem to learn from the past (maybe because of memory problem too) and up repeating the same transgressions.

I think there's a saying that history will repeat itself from those who don't learn from it.

By rizalman73 on October 2, 2008 8:59 PM
asalamuailkum Tun, Selamat Hari Raya..
Itu lah yang dipanggil undang-undang, "Rule of Law", banyak peguam buat duit atas 'loop hole' yang ada didalam undang-undang ciptaan manusia ini. Kita masih boleh 'kelepiaq' jika tiada saksi dan berjaya membuat 'reasonable doubt' serta 'hear say'. Ini yang Zaid Ibrahim dok laung-laungkan tu. Jika Orang Kena Tahan (OKT)tu orang miskin, adakah dia akan dapat tilam ketika dok dalam lokap? Makanan Anjing? Dok lokap.. nama pun lokap, bukan hotel. Siapa peguam yang akan membantu mereka? Zaid and Co ke? Di mana 'Justice For All'? Di mana 'Hak Asasi'? Zaid tu dah kaya, Kapral Singh and his Children juga kaya, mereka sudah tidak heran dengan duit, la depa cari nama. Adakah 'Lord President' tu malaikat, tiada dosa? Nak buat macamana, ia adalah sistem, we have to live with it.. apa-apa pun Tun, Saya bimbang nasib bangsa.. Walauapapun, Melayu adalah Tuan Tanah Ini! Teresa Kok pada pendapat saya dah lebih.. dia turunkan tanda nama jalan yang ada tulisan jawi dan di gantikan dan tulisan Cina dan India, simbolik, apa lu boleh bikin? Saya rayu orang-orang Cina, nanti KITA susah, rumah dan kereta kita yang cantik itu akan kena bakar! Jangan main api, orang-orang kampung dan orang-orang biasa tidak berfikiran liberal, mereka konservatif lagi orthodoks siap ada yang extreem. Bahaya, for the sake of the country, please stop it..

By hgrunt2 on October 2, 2008 9:03 PM
selamat hari raya Tun. Yay first to comment. xD

By Chris on October 2, 2008 9:07 PM
You know that's the reality of how lawyers would crucify someone for being unable to recall details of events that occurred a long time ago. Then they use that memory failure by the accused to condemn he/she. People have condemned you for being unable to recall details of certain events that you were allegedly involved in. They say you can remember numerous things past but not particular stuff connected to certain issues. So you must be lying. That perception is already ingrained in the minds of people at large. They believe you must be not telling the whole truth. I am at a loss what to say about it but I believe you are being simply honest. Everyone must take this at face value and give you the benefit of the doubt. You did the nation proud and that's what matters most. Not like DSAAB!
I'm amazed at your revelation of Tun Siti's sharp memory. I mean I'm amazed at her mental prowess. For an elderly person, she's truly super human. I bet she'll put many a youngster to shame.
I can't wait to see you and Tun Siti soon at your open house.

By melanautanjung on October 2, 2008 9:07 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun & family,

Yes you are right.Some of us have the capability to remember things and some don't.

I can remenber my old friends faces unfortunately it's very hard for me to remember their names but they remember mine.Yet some people tend to forget others very fast or perhaps purposely.

Of course there is always a great women behind very great man like you sir.

Wishing you and family happy holidays and best of health.

JR Tuton & family from Kuching, Sarawak.

By Marni J. on October 2, 2008 9:19 PM
Hello Tun, Eid Mubarak.

The most important thing is I remember that you have contributed a lot to Malaysia.

By Super Saiyan 3 on October 2, 2008 9:21 PM
As time passes by, we could only remember moments when our emotional status is extreme, for example, very happy or very excited or very sad. In the case of sodomy, the emotional status must be extreme.

By Sukdershan on October 2, 2008 9:22 PM
Good piece of Tun.
Selamat Hari Raya.

By zekjerung on October 2, 2008 9:22 PM
salam tun,
akal @ memori ,,,,jelas kita memerlukannya,,,,apa yang penting pada ketika ini, saat ini ialah KERJASAMA....KERJASAMA....KERJASAMA. tanpanya insan itu lalai..alpa...tak ingat ...lupa dan yang pentingnya disini MELAYU MUDAH LUPA...PELUPA...ATAU BUAT BUAT LUPA.....INGAT SEJARAH BOLEH BERULANG.......terima kasih tun atas jasa kepada malaysia..

By Radzian on October 2, 2008 9:23 PM
Dear Tun,

This is a well created joke. Funny, short and sharp. U should always write like this more often. It makes us think that you are younger !

By shahrul on October 2, 2008 9:25 PM
har..har...har...very good one. I' still remember a show on a Discovery Channel said that playing a memory games can prevent us from senile. So, please make our brains work!!

By subzeromy on October 2, 2008 9:28 PM
the judiciary system in our country is corrupted & cannot be trusted anymore..
even if you're at the right side..
you will lose if you're going against the goverment..
just like my late father's case, rizal boss abdullah (now allahyarham) versus penang port comission & the goverment..
he lost the case after a long 22 years fight..

my pity goes to my mother whose now has to continue fight on behalf of my late father..
& i believe the goverment can't help us either..
there is no justice in our judiciary system..

By Nobita on October 2, 2008 9:30 PM
Tak tau la apa kaitannye 8 paragraph pertama dengan sodomy. Tak ada bende lain ke yang Tun boleh ingat? Bende jijik tu jugak yang kuar dari kepala tu? Cuba la ingat2 sikit kat Tuhan. hehehe

By Oumono on October 2, 2008 9:44 PM
Your memory might sometime fails you Tun, but your wit of sarcasm never fails. Good on you Tun. All for the good of the country

Hidup Tun!

Cant wait to see you in Melbourne

Hazman Abu Bakar

By zulmzaid on October 2, 2008 9:52 PM
dear tun, it's true that a reasonable man cannot remember much the particular date 10 or 15 years ago but in my opinion, if someone forgot the date when he had being sodomized a few months ago is totally 'another story'. anyway, keep on writing tun. malaysia still need your idea.

By Naz Yusof on October 2, 2008 9:56 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun,

Your writing has never fail to enlighten me. It is true that we should have good memory. But to remember every single details of our life could be impossible. The fact that it could be use as a weapon to acuse us as lying (for not remembering) is simply mind blowing....

I just hope that i will not be caught in that situation...if not I should start carrying a video camera around to record every second of my life....that would be interesting...wouldn't it?

If people start to accuse me doing (or asking questions) of things that I have no memory of, I could just search the time and date of the event in my recordings and find out what was i doing at the time..... :)

Reading your blog make me realised how easy we are manupulated by the people 'up there' just so that we only see and hear what they want us to believe.

Thank you Tun for opening the other side of the story.

To Tun and family....Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

By Maruti on October 2, 2008 9:57 PM
Tun yang terhormat,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri pada Tun dan keluarga.

Saya teringat pada satu peribahasa Melayu..."Pelandok selalu lupa jerat tapi jerat tidak pernah lupa pada pelandok!"

Mungkin orang yang merasa di'kena'kan akan lebih mengingati sesuatu daripada orang yang mengenakannya. Lumrah manusia Tun...

By opls on October 2, 2008 9:58 PM
Good evening Sir, i think you are trying to relate to the current case that involves our "possible" future prime minister. As a fact, i'm not a lawyer nor have i ever taken any course in university that relates to law in particular.

That said, though i have not read any reports on the Anwar case, i do think that in any court involving any case, the question that is asked by the lawyers havd to have a certain degree of relevancy. If the situation is just like you implied, then there would not be any successful prosecution of any criminal. In my opinion, if i were the judge of the sodomy case, i would dismiss questions that are of no relevance to the case. But of course there is a certain limit and also a standard as to what kind of questions that are irrelevant. For example, the colour of the room where the act took place, it is relevant as the victim is very unlikely to have forget that. What clothes the accused was wearing is also relevant as the victim should be able to see those. But if the defence ask questions like what kind of flower was in the corner of the room when the act took place, or what colour was the knob of the drawer that is in the room, or what if the drawers were opened or closed during the act...such questions are irrelevant, and in my eyes are just questions that want to say that the victim could not remember the detail and in your words, lying. And if the truth is that a victim is expected to remember ALL details of a particular crime, then i'm close to 99% sure that for all cases in the future, the accused will be freed. All i had to do was to ask as many questions as i can to the victim, and when he/she cant remember, then my criminal is freed.

By Niceguy on October 2, 2008 10:02 PM
Dear Tun,

Just want to wish you and your family SELAMAT HARI RAYA and have a nice day ahead.


By ttlebon on October 2, 2008 10:06 PM

Surprisingly.. I'm I the 1st?

Wishing Tun & family Selamat Hari Raya & Maaf Zahir Batin.

By uncle on October 2, 2008 10:08 PM

Seperti yang Tun maklumkan...suami dan isteri saling lengkap-melengkapi antara satu sama lain. Itu yang menyebabkan tali perkahwinan kekal lama sehingga akhir hayat. Memang terbukti.

Mungkin benar, dengan permainan kata-kata kita dapat mengelakan daripada kita menjawab satu-satu soalan. Itu dipunyai oleh individu yang tertentu. Bagi orang yang lurus bendul dalam keadaan tertentu mungkin akan menyebabkan dia terperangkap dengan keadaan.

Apa perasaan Tun sambutan hari raya tahun ini?
Apa keinginan yang Tun hendak lihat Malaysia pada masa hadapan?
Apa yang Tun hendak lihat orang Melayu pada masa hadapan?


By emrullah on October 2, 2008 10:08 PM
salam aidilfitri kepada tun sekeluarga

nampaknya kene increase memory capacity utk lebih ingat =)

By tadpoles on October 2, 2008 10:12 PM
I like para 9. :-)

By Bangsa Malaysian on October 2, 2008 10:12 PM
Dear Sir,

Happy Hari Raya from me and my family.

Your blog is a must read for me daily and I always look forward to reading your blog. You are truly one of the greatest leader in our country and we are able to understand you more from your blog.

We hope that in some small way, you would also understand your rakyat better.

May God bless you and your family always.

Regard Always,

By nini on October 2, 2008 10:13 PM
dear dr mahathir,

selamat hariraya to you.

By matsiam on October 2, 2008 10:15 PM
Salam Tun
Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri Maaf Zahir Batin.
Yes Tun.......know doubt you are a brillint person.
Eventhough you said that sometimes that you a forgetfull person
but you never fail to keep the nation safe and secure.We slept
peacefully under you guidence.

Mohd Zamaney
KSAH Old Boys 85'

By matsiam on October 2, 2008 10:15 PM
Salam Tun
Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri Maaf Zahir Batin.
Yes Tun.......know doubt you are a brillint person.
Eventhough you said that sometimes that you a forgetfull person
but you never fail to keep the nation safe and secure.We slept
peacefully under you guidence.

Mohd Zamaney
KSAH Old Boys 85'

By toktengkah on October 2, 2008 10:17 PM
I'm the first...and not late to wish U ...Selamat Hari Raya Tun...Semoga Tun akan lalui banyak lagi Hari Raya.
Saya sekeluargs berpeluang beraya dengan Tun 2 kali di Seri Perdana & sekali di Jalan Kuda Emas..
Tahun di Insyaallah...

By moderato on October 2, 2008 10:17 PM
Dear Tun,

If a person done no harm or did something that he felt was right usually cannot remember. Please take good rest and goodnight.

By nur_abdul on October 2, 2008 10:18 PM
Salam aidilfitri ayahanda Tun and bonda and keluarga,

My first reaction was to laugh (LOL- as my nephews and nieces teach me), then it was Huh???

Please, I would also like to join the memory course. Would help a lot in dealing with customers who kept insisting they don't agree with the finished products.... when the product was actually based on their specifications, and the proof of graphic has been signed.

Anyway, ayahanda, sorry i couldn't go to your open house earlier. Balik dr kampung lambat sikit, dah tak sempat. Hope to see you some other time.

Salam ampun dan maaf dari anakanda.

By roaida on October 2, 2008 10:21 PM
Hi Tun
I agree with the fact that man & woman complement each other, that’s explain why Allah created human as such…
Salam Aidilfitri to Tun & family…
Semoga Aidilfitri ini membawa sinar kebahagian & rahmat buat kita semua, insyaAllah..
(and may more husbands remember their anniversary dates! :) )

By chan on October 2, 2008 10:24 PM
Dear Tun,
Selamat Hari Raya to you & your family. Maaf Zahir Batin! My opinion is ok if Tun can't remember on dates! As long you are not like my ex-bos......He will forgotten or maybe pretend not to remember that he owes anybody money. But if people owe him money. He will make sure he will get it back at any cost.....

By nash on October 2, 2008 10:24 PM
Dear Tun, It is sign of old age.We can remember thing happened 40 years ago but not a year ago as our computer is getting rod. In case of sodomised it is impossible to remember all because at that time the syaitan have covered their eyes.



By Jamal on October 2, 2008 10:26 PM
Dear Tun,

Its quite difficult to comprehend the motive of your article this time, Tun. But going by the last sentence I am inclined to ask - Is the legal system really that rigid?

But I would like to add that perhaps we can relook the legal system we have right now. It is the BEST dispenser of Justice? Is the adversorial approach the best model to ensure Justice is done and be seen to be done.

What other models can we have to ensure this? Lets get down to basics. At the end of the day the real goal is to get to the truth of the matter. But the truth is that TRUTH is relative - it depends on the perspective of the beholder. Except for material things anything else is subject to preceptions.

What is truth to one person may be a lie to another. For example to Hindraf ISD is bad, especially when one of theirs is a victim of which. But to most people in the street, it is good if it ensures public safety and security for them to go about their normal lives.

So how does a Judge or Panel of Judges ensure he/they dispense justice when he/they make a judgement? Obviously he will need to weigh all factors including public perceptions and effect on public order. After all thats what they are suppose to do - keep public order thru ensuring law and order. So which come first Public order or law and order?

The former is the top concern for people in public office - including the Judges. Law and order cannot be onto its self - it must serve a higher purpose of public order.

Will it serve the judges better if we go away from the adversorial model to one where the parties work incollaboration to get to the truth and to lay down all the perspectives and factors to come to a really just outcome to serve the public good.

Just my 2 sen worth.

By nazura on October 2, 2008 10:27 PM

Salam Aidil Fitri to Tun and family. Don't worry about not remembering the dates, coz most of us are just that like that. Hanya Allah yang sempurna.

By andyana on October 2, 2008 10:28 PM
Salam Aidilfitri Tun,
saya amat bersetuju dengan pandangan Tun ttg kejadian manusia yang dijadikan berpasangan "ada lelaki dan ada wanita",saling lengkap melengkapi.Cuma ada masanya bila ALLAH berikan ujian kenalah sabar menghadapi ujian dan berkomunikasilah dengan pasangan,insyallah bahagia ke akhir hayat,bangga jg bl lihat kemesraan Tun dgn Datin Seri...

Salam Aidilfitri buat Tun dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia.

By Mohd Faried on October 2, 2008 10:30 PM
Salam Tun dan Toh Puan.

Apa yang di katakan oleh Tun adalah benar.

Semasa saya masih kecil, saya teringat kes tarik kain / tunjuk kemaluan di kedah, semasa itu ada pilihanraya kecil...dan mangsa dia adlah puteri UMNO. Tun memberi komen di atas tindakan mahkamah membebaskan tertuduh kerana maNgsa tidak ada kain tertuduh dan tidak ingat warna kain tersebut dan tiada bukit kain yang dihadapkan di mahkamah. Nampak dengan jelas Mahkamah hanya pandang perkara yang mudah...tidak mahu berfikir sebelum keputusan dibuat.

Keputusan mahkamah boleh kita cabar! tidak semua keputusan yang arrif adalah betul.

Tetapi sudah menjadi budaya rakyat malaysia tidak melawan balik keputusan mahkamah. mereka lebih redo, takut-takut kena hukuman lagi berat!

Saya pernah menghadiri kursus...dan salah satu latihan yang dijalankan adalah melukis jam tangan kita sendiri tanpa melihatnya. 100% perserta salah lukis jam tangan mereka sendiri walaupun sudah lama pakai. Nampak dengan jelas, manusia tidak ingat semua, manusia bukan ada memory yang boleh disimpan selama 200 tahun. ADA PERKARA YANG LEBIH PENTING!

Tindakan mahkamah membuat keputusan berat sebelah adalah satu perkara yang amat menyedihkan. Kita perlu kan mereka membuat pengadilan dengan sama rata dan betul.

Banyak kes mahkamah yang telah dibuat keputusan tidak boleh dibaca oleh masyarakat. Nak mendapatkan makulmat nye susah.

Saya berharap Tun dapat melakukan sebarang tindakan bagi menyedarkan hak kita sebagai manusia di dalam sistem perundangan.

Tun kami rindukan Tun .
Tun kami rindukan sentuhan Tun.

Kami nak Tun jadi PM semula.


By nash on October 2, 2008 10:30 PM
Dear Tun, It is sign of old age.We can remember thing happened 40 years ago but not a year ago as our computer is getting rod. In case of sodomised it is impossible to remember all because at that time the syaitan have covered their eyes.



By Prabagaran Gopalakrishnan on October 2, 2008 10:42 PM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun

I'm not sure where you are heading with this posting. A normal man or woman who is asked to testify on a court of law is usually asked to do so on incidents that are momentous in their life.

Therefore they in general will be able to recall the important aspects of the incident. This important aspects are what i believe lawyers call as "material events"

If the event is not material to the case, then a memory lapse will not be fatal. The examples you gave that a person who was sodomized must remember the colour of the room and the size of the bed would not usually be material and therefore not fatal to the case in hand.

However if a person is being accused of corruption of awarding a very, very large contract to a businessman. This person then met that businessman for dinner in an exclusive restaurant in a neighboring country a couple of days before the award. If this person were asked what the meeting was about in a court of law and the answer given was,"I can't recollect" then it is possible that this person accused of corruption will be looked upon suspiciously by the court.

This is my humble opinion and Tun with your great wisdom might be able to find a lot of flaws in it.

By Tom on October 2, 2008 10:54 PM
Tun, Selamat Hari Raya but I beg you give a new hope to not destroy have earned what you want today....billions of USD, as your son!!

I am a simple chinese guy who make living through hard work and I am a grassroot member of MCA.
I have been monitoring the way you managed the are no different with those giant dictators, corruptors & hypocrite!!

The wealth that you and your members have made through NEP has enriched many of those who direct and indirectly closer to you!! The sin you commited will be reverted back to you and your family......Please goes to Kelantan, Trengganu, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak with your conscience to see how the poorer living condition.....the fortune you made can salvage the entire poor Malays....instead what you did...seeing you son driving millions of sport car in Sepang really make me shame....when my foreign friend asks who is this guy and how he make fortune......I was shame and hypocrite too....I told him your son is a one of the SUPER INTELLIGENT BUSINESS people in this friend will check this iin Forbes....because we bet for a good dinner

By DrTECheah on October 2, 2008 10:58 PM
Although I agree as it is close to impossible to remember every detail in your life. Age certainly does not help the process of retaining information either.

However, a traumatic event like sodomy is rarely forgotten by the victim unless of course he has had many sexual partners in the past. Being sodomised is hardly something that one would forget easily. Unless the event has been so traumatic that he decides to blank out the events.

Many would agree that things do not add up in the sodomy allegations. I will not elaborate further.

By shah on October 2, 2008 10:59 PM
Salam Tun,
First of All, Selamat Hrri Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin. May ALLAH bless you. I just wanted to know one important matter, whether Anwar Ibrahim is really "Suka Main Belakang Orang" ? Nampaknya rakyat terutama orang-orang melayu masih 50/50 dan perlu cukup bukti yang kukuh. Pada saya dan dengan pendapat ulama-ulama yang menentang sumpah laknat yang dibuat oleh Saiful, menjadi satu tanda tanya adakah benar-benar beliau melakukannya ?

Satukan semula orang-orang melayu yang telah jauh tersimpang, InsyaAllah.


By mohamedhashim on October 2, 2008 11:07 PM
Firstly, SELAMAT HARIRAYA IDILFITRI,maaf zahir batin. Your subject on human memory seems to relate to the Saiful sodomy case. You try to warn him and the team to be prepared for the twist and turn of defence lawyers. Thats how they survive in the world of justice. But God knows whose right. The court may prove vice versa but you can't escape God punishment afterdeath. If you are wrong but proved right then you will be in Hell though worldly you are innocent. Dr M, do believe in God's will. Accept whatever verdict the court decides. Kadzo dan Qadar,then you'll sleep tight. Simple advice.

By mekyam on October 2, 2008 11:32 PM

Good one, Ayahnda Tun! :D

This "advice" is lovely Hari Raya gift. I'm still smiling and giggling as I type this.

Thank you!

By Zulkifli Ahmad on October 2, 2008 11:41 PM
Happy Eid Mubarak Tun,
First thing first Tun, Don't forget your wedding date (kata kawan saya Tun, kalau terasa Handphone Tun nak terbelah dua, cuba2 lah.. hahaha).
BTW, I met you once in Malaysian Hall, London back in 2002 (If I not mistaken, still forget to remember the year). Anyway, I still keep the picture of yours & your wife with my baby and my wife. Reading today story make me smiling. You're right Tun, I am 32 years old and have 4 kids. Sometimes I could not even all my kids birtday. Except my wedding date 010101.
Talking about memory, I know that blind people have a good memory just base on the peole voice. I heard professor Dr Ismail story from friend on him where they met again after more than 20 years in the airport. This guy just say Ismail name, and he straightaway recall this guy name. Blind people surely have a very good memory kalau nak compare ngan kita yg cukup sifat.
Saya rasa le Tun, memory nie semua ada kena mengena ngan otak kanan dan kiri dan cara pengunaannya antara lelaki dan perempuan. Daya ingat otak kiri bersifat jangka pendek (short term memory). Sah2 le perempuan nie byk pakai otak kanan bebanding kita lelaki yg suk pakai otak kiri. Tu belum cerita otak depan otak belakang lagi.
Apa pun, saya pernah ler terbaca article, kalau terselisih dengan kawan lama dan kita lupa nama dia. pakai le otak belakang. saya yg sudah lebih 15 tahun meninggalkan sekolah menengah mmg tak menafikanler kalau jumpa kawan, sure saya boleh recall nama dia.
Tun bile nak tulis pasal pembelaan utk golongan macam saya nie, bapa mertua saya bukan nye mcm bapak mertua KJ. dan saya tak minat politik, tapi minat berniaga. Tapi hutang masih byk (hutang belajar). Ekonomi makin teruk. Dapat untung buat project kecil2 pun kalau share kawan2, dapat le selesaikan hutang sikit2. Saya rasa gaji saya yg belom jejak 3K (fresh graduate Tun) nie mcm tak sesuai duduk di Malaysia. Nak beli kereta baru apa tah lagi. Pengalaman saya tinggal di UK selama 7 tahun tanpa bantuan keluarga atau biasiswa tidak ler seteruk sekarang tinggal di Malaysia. 3 hari gaji dah boleh abis bayar semua. I am spending money than I can save. Nak ambil life insurance pun belum tentu mampu bayar. camne Tun.
Note: Apa menu Tun open House agaknya? teringin nak pergi, nak tgk Tun yang beza 3 tahun kot ngan bapa saya.

kEcHiQue -

By monday1 on October 2, 2008 11:44 PM
melayu no 1 skarang ialah pak la la la
dia adlah contoh terbaik untuk sajak melayu mudah lupa;;;
baru 2 minggu ambil kuasa dari tun..habis cancel semua projek...
dia lupa dengan janji dia dengan tun...akibat melayu muda lupa...
sekarang macam macam penyakit dah keluar...

By fadil on October 2, 2008 11:44 PM
Salam Dear Tun,
Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to you, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and the family.

I'm of the opinion that if we want to remember something so badly, we should make an effort for it. Dates for instance. We use computers, PDAs, smart phones and Blackberrys for that matter. Or we can use the good old diary and planners. I understand that keying-in the details can be a pain sometimes. So Tun Dr Siti does the memory work on dates so that you can focus on remembering other important things.

I remember reading the judgement of the Federal Court on Anwar Ibrahim in 2004 and wish to share with the visitors of your esteemed blog, with your consent, the following statement :

"Forgetfulness and failure to recall exactly certain events, which did not seem to be important to the witness, do not necessarily shake his credibility or render other parts of his story unworthy of belief. Various persons are endowed with varying powers of cognition, attentiveness and perception, so that it is not uncommon for two witnesses to a common event to describe it in slightly differing versions.”

So, it's okay to forget the nitty-gritty details, I gather. It's not that you're lying. It's just that you don't remember. With due respect, I don't think even the Bench has the "proverbial photographic memory".

On a different subject, would you enlighten us about the ISA and in what situation can it be applied?

I wish you and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah the best of health.

By mekyam on October 2, 2008 11:51 PM
Actually Ayahnda, some particular power-hungry and self-serving Malaysian "leaders" -- many of whom are years younger than you -- not just "mudah lupa" but they also "mudah lupa daratan"!

Many of their fans don't realize that these pretenders lead people on more than they lead.

P.S. Would like to salute Jed Yoong's exceedingly sharp memory of what didn't happen on September 16, 2008! Hahaha!

By Green on October 2, 2008 11:51 PM
Greeting Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Tun.

I learn something lately in a cartoon movie, regarding Past, Future & Present.

Past is history, cannot change it now.
Future is a mystery, it for us to find out.
Present is now, everyday is a gift to us, so it is call PRESENT!

We all cannot remember things that happen for the past hour, unless we really wanted to do so. To remenber in details? Yes, if I have a DV recorder, ha!

Good health, Tun. Looking forward to your open house.

By 8007 on October 2, 2008 11:54 PM
Salam aidilfitri TUN,

looking forward to your open house on the 5th i think....
Talking about memory....i still remember when i was studying in the secondary school i try to learn about Malaysian all because of one person Anwar Ibrahim..people says he a very good and always says the truth. He also then the Education Minister...introducing KBSR and KBSM the system which i grew up first i think the people was right so i listen to his speaches and interviews in the newspaper and tv. After a while i've learn malaysia and the world civilisation history...and i conclude that malaysia is very unique and conventional system cannot be use for future planning of malaysian society..we must create our own system...and the basic is the national language which then known as Bahasa Malaysia. Then this guy change the name to Bahasa Melayu which i think the start of the racial rift in Malaysia...the other race i see start see this language as the language for the malays not for them as malaysian ...but people say it is a good idea..memertabatkan bahasa melayu...thats when i decided not to support BN. Today i see the national language is english and more non malay have difficulties to speak in BM which is weird it should be otherwise. i know then until this guy in BN i will not support BN......until you kick him out (1997/8) i thought at last somebody sees the true him. Its late but better late than never. Now he try to be PM worries come back....making thing worst the current leader are to weak and short of ideas to fight him...i think you are the only one can do this(respect and reputation)....and i think u must, for the sake of all of us the future...Malaysia with Malaysian (future) not the Malaysia with Chinese, Indian & Malays.(pre-independant)


By mercun padi on October 3, 2008 12:36 AM
Salam lebaran TUN. Setuju tak TUN yang persekitaran dan pemakanan boleh menyebabkan kita menjadi MUDAH LUPA... Saya selalu mengharapkan isteri saya mengingatkan tarikh tarikh penting dalam kehidupan seharian.TAPI saya tidak pernah lupa tarikh 2020 yang diimpikan oleh TUN dulu tu... Harap AAB pencen le cepat...

By rushdi2020 on October 3, 2008 12:58 AM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun and family,

It seems that my earlier posting is blocked so here I go again.
Your post this time is very subtle, it makes me ponder your actual intent. Again you are three, four steps ahead of everybody and I am left guessing of your hidden motif.
I heard somewhere that when we aged, the number of our brain cells don't rejuvenate thus we have to make do doing our usual things with whatever brain cells we have. That forces our brain cells to work harder and thus our brain learns to prioritize, select more important events to remember while removing the less trivial matters. That makes it easier for the brain to function otherwise our brain will be jammed with excessive redundant information or "hang" much like a computer. Oh sorry Tun, forgot that you are a doctor.
Well I guess I am in the same boat as you are and my wife remembers all the birthday dates, anniversaries,phone numbers,bills, anything that has to do with numbers she'll blurt it out promptly. Man and woman are special in their own ways.

Tun, I wish you all the best and do keep on writing to keep us all informed and inspired. Selamat Hari Raya and my best regards to you and your family and most of all, take care Tun.

Sir, you are the best.

By laksemana on October 3, 2008 12:59 AM


Pedas.... pedas cili Tun ni... nasib baik la bukan saya yang tergigitnya tapi nampak la merahnya cili Tun ni.Harap2 "open house" Tun nanti jangan la Tun catered makanan yang pedas2 macam ni ye,menagis orang yang termakannya :)

Sedih kerana saya dan isteri dan anak2 tak dapat datang "open house" Tun kerana saya dan isteri bertugas dari london dan cuma sampai balik di KL petang 5hb tu, "house" pun dah "closed" :(

Doa saya semoga Tun sekeluarga dijauhkan dari segala pengniayaan dan fitnah manusia,nauzubillah min-zalikh.



By Zainal Abiddin Bin Ahmad on October 3, 2008 1:12 AM
Salam Tun

Even the lawyers and judges are absent minded. After they get drunk from the other side of the BAR, they are animals!. Nobody is perfect sir!

Your memory are better than mine! Wish to have your brain and put it in my head! Malaysian population brains are not good as you are, even some big guns brains are polluted, what more to says the lawyers and judges!

I admire you since my teenage!


By minajis on October 3, 2008 1:13 AM
HAHAHAHAHA good one Tun!

By S..Tan on October 3, 2008 1:25 AM
Dear Tun,

'Selamat Hari Raya to you and family'

Forget and remember.
Tun selalu 'ingat' sindir DSAI dalam tulisan. DSAI 'lupa' tentang Tun dia tak sebut sebut pun. Dua dua ini bukan perbuatan orang dah tua ingatan semput.Ingat dan lupa are 'conscious' actions - perbuatan sengaja. We determine which things to remember and which to forget.

Kalau 'lupa' kita patut pandang pada orang yang 'ingat' mcm Tun pandang isteri. Walau Tun dah lupa banyak benda mcm video, berita lama, orang lain boleh kejutkan ingatan kembali. Tapi Tun mahu lupakan bukan tak ingat. Lagi nak salahkan ..

We don't expect 'total recall' from Tun but 'TOTAL LOSS???' Ingatan Tun masih kental kalau hari kedua raya 'guns blazing'.

By samuraimelayu on October 3, 2008 1:29 AM

5. But with age our memory fails on details. Some brilliant people can remember what they did on a particular day 10 - 15 years ago, remember every detail, including the words they had spoken and the people they met etc. I am not among these people. I remember some events in which I was involved but only vaguely.




By Mykickers on October 3, 2008 1:33 AM
The day was 1982 at UKM (Univwersiti Kebvangsaan Malaysia). I was one of the representative from JB travelling with a group of 2 buses just to attending the big gathering.We were all school students that day.
That time was the general meeting of GPMS and u Tun as the advisor of GPMS or Penaung...came down and give a speech and also we had this big picture taken and I was standing just 2 role behind you. I DO REMMEMBER...when you walk out the hall after your speech..i got to SHAKE YOPUR HAND..and i said to my self ..GOSH YOUR HAND WAS SO SOFT ...REALLY SOFT.....
and that was the first and the last I saw you "live" with my bare eyes..and I dream of meeting you again and taking picture with you.
But since you dont like ppl just going to your office for a picture taken...I think I wont get a chance to take picture with you.
But I wont give up my ambition......Maybe I got that chance one day.
anyway...I remember you...coz that day was very special to me to remembered.......and nobody can take the memory away from me..and let it be with me till i died.....
Tun I love you..and your soft hands still there for me to remembered.

By hayy_abidin on October 3, 2008 1:40 AM
assalamualaikum, salam bahagia, selamat menyambut aidil fitri untuk Tun dan isteri Tun Hasmah

biasalah Tun namanya pun manusia mestilah pelupa

dimahkamah dunia bolihlah bertikam lidah, tunggulah dimahsyar nanti.

tak takutkan ancaman Allah akan menjurus kepada runtuhnya iman, jangan menjadi kafir zindiq dahlah

orang bijak selalunya melakukan perancangan, orang tolol, orang tak beriman selalunya bercakap mendahului ketentuan Ilahi, menjadikanya mensyarikatkan Allah, syiriklah dia. bercakap, berjanji dimunkiri jadilah dia munafiq, makin besar jumlah yang mendengarnya makin besarlah munafiqnya, sekiranya dia mati hanya perlu dimandikan dan dikebumikan saja, TIDAK WAJIB DISEMBAHYANGKAN pengikut yang mempercayainya pun dua kali TOLOL, cuba bloggers teka siapa?

tak payah jawab, biar saya yang menjawabnya PM 16 sept. lah

salam buat Tun sekali lagi, semuga mendapat keampunan dan kesejahteraan dari Allah diatas jasa Tun kepada malaysia selama ini.

silap! semua manusia buat silap


By rent1034 on October 3, 2008 1:48 AM
Dear Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya.

Seem like Tun tried to show off that he has a wonderful wife, his lovely partner.

Guess, all Malaysian, including myself, do envy on Tun.

p/s: Mrs. Tun, your are a great wife that make every-man will envy Tun. Smile always.

By Siti on October 3, 2008 2:11 AM
comelnyer tun...

semua orang punyer kekuatan dan kelemahan masing2. tapi, saya sangat kagum dengan tun siti hasmah itu, boleh ingat birthday cucu dia? Owh!

Salam aidilfitri, tun.

By Philip on October 3, 2008 2:15 AM
Dear Tun

Although i disagree with Tun on many issues,but as an elder statesman
and as someone who has contributed tremendously to Malaysia's economic
progress, i believe Tun should be spared the humiliation of standing
in the dock. Maybe somebody should initiate a petition to be submitted
to the PM.


By Malaysian Vote on October 3, 2008 2:44 AM
SELAMAT HARI RAYA buat semua!!

Untuk perkembangan terkini sila singgah sat di:

By das on October 3, 2008 3:21 AM
Dear Tun!

Your article is simply an excellent read! Does your wife know whatever you have written?! I believe so! On the 2nd day of Raya and you are at it....!

However, with a sad note let me tell you this....I personally feel, call it my gut feeling or whatever, that during your last years as Prime Minister of Malaysia, there were people who used and abused the connections they had with you resulting in your present predicament!!! All I will say to these people is this - PAYBACK TIME IS JUST ROUND THE CORNER SO PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT LEAST THEY GET BLOWN INTO OBLIVION!!!

I believe you must have heard about JBJ's (J B Jeyaratnam) passing...appreciate your views/comments about him, if any? I was given to understand that some prominent Malaysian personalities were present at the wake!


By xplora on October 3, 2008 3:52 AM

Selamat Hari Raya to you, your wife and your family.

I am deeply feel proud of Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, as you are being as Prime Minister for 22 years, I never see any advertisement about Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah. She is one of the person who doesn't like to show off and contributed a lot to the nation and world.

Unlike the AAB new wife, Endon who like to show off of herself everywhere and put her picture in advertisement including bus advertisement. Yet, she is wasting all our public money to advertise herself AND/OR with AAB.

Who really care about her, to be honest? Everyone know who's the best!

By syahir on October 3, 2008 3:53 AM
Assalamualaikum WRT,

Kepada Ayahanda Tun,

Bercakap tentang memori atau ingatan ini, orang kata kalu kita nak kuat ingatan kita makan kismis, madu dan kacang pistachio.

Di sini saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya kepada Tun dan sekeluarga. Semoga perjuangan Tun akan berjaya untuk mengembalikan negara kita ke arah kestabilan ekonomi, politik dan sosial dengan pengaruh Tun yang ada dalam UMNO meskipun Tun sudah hampir 5 bulan keluar parti.

Saya harap, agar Pak Lah segera TURUN dan Tun segera kembali kepangkuan parti UMNO yang masih memerlukan idea dan sumbangan Tun kepada agama, bangsa dan negara.

Wawasan 2020 takkan tercapai sekiranya orang seperti Pak Lah, kroni dan menantunya bertahkta dalam kerajaan.

Dengan pengaruh Tun, saya harap agar orang UMNO sedar dan pilih pemimpin yang boleh membina negara ini dengan jayanya.


By samarasa on October 3, 2008 4:58 AM
Dear Tun,

There are so many other crimes to cite as example but why sodomy? Asking a sodomy victim to memorize every details is nothing but an attempt to mock at the law. Or perhaps a little insensitive to the victims of real sodomy. No courts of law will require a traumatized victim to have to have a photographic memory of everything surrounding such attack. In fact, if someone could recollect everything, it must a trumped up sodomy, at least in the Malaysian context.

By wari66 on October 3, 2008 5:20 AM
I can what ah? Aiyo! already forgot....

Heard of Anwar doing sodomy since school,university... continuously...
Anybody bold enough who can confirm?(especially the partners...heh!
please refresh your memory)

PKR must check it out. Find the thruth. If truth prevails, then
Anwar is lying to the whole world (wife, children, friends, Malaysian,
PKR,....etc).(but not the US, of course).

By RawObserver on October 3, 2008 5:28 AM

Akal merupakan kurniaan terbesar Allah s.w.t kepada manusia yang membezakan darjat manusia dengan haiwan yang kedua-duanya mempunyai nafsu.
Tapi malangnya manusia kebanyakannya hanya mengunakan 10% daripada anugerah yang di berikan.

Saya setuju dengan nombor 9. Yang mana pemangsa mungkin menganggap mudah untuk melupakan sesuatu dan lebih-lebih lagi jika kejadian itu sering dilakukannya, tetapi tidak sebaliknya bagi mangsa yang trauma. Atau mengalami sesuatu peristiwa yang luar biasa.
Jika seseorang itu tidak ingat maka berdusta lah dia.

Kita sering lihat di Filem atau pun di televisyen yang mana mangsa-mangsa trauma, atau saksi-saksi sesuatu kejadian itu mampu menceritakan semula setiap plot-plot kejadian itu dengan begitu jelas setelah di hipnosiskan
Seseorang yang tidak mengingat no plat kenderaan penjenayah mampu menyebut kembali no plat tersebut setelah di hipnosiskan
Dan juga kita pernah mendengar orang mabuk tidak mungkin berbohong begitu juga orang yang dalam keadaan High kesan dadah.
Seorang perokok tegar mampu menghentikan tabiat nya.
Seorg yang gemuk mampu kembali kurus.

Mengapa begitu?

Setiap orang mempunyai minda bawah sedar antara 90% kemampuan otak yang lain yang tidak digunakan dan dijelajah.

Minda bawah sedar ini juga mampu digunakan untuk mencapai kejayaan hidup.
Bagaimana miskin boleh menjadi kaya, gagal menjadi berjaya. Lemah menjadi hebat secara tiba-tiba walaupun asalnya mereka hanya manusia biasa seperti kita.
Ini berlaku apabila Kita berjaya memprogram minda bawah sedar kita dengan konsistennya

Kebanyakkan orang yang begitu hebat juga secara tak langsung dan tidak disedari atau disedari sudah terlatih menggunakan minda bawah sedar


Dan antara cara untuk mengaktifkan dan memprogram minda bawah sedar kita adalah Hipnosis, Yoga, meditasi, bertapa dan bertafakur serta kundalini dan berbagai lagi

Maka tidak hairanlah mengapa seseorang yang dihipnosis atau bertapa,yoga mampu melakukan sesuatu yang luarbiasa serta membahaya. Boleh terapung diudara, tidak lut senjata, menarik kenderaan berat.

Serta hypnosis yang dikendali oleh pakar hypnosis/psikologi mampu digunapakai untuk mengendalikan sesuatu kes jenayah.

Sebagai seorang islam, Meditasi cara sufi serta Solat yang Khusyuk adalah terbaik berbanding cara lain.Yang mana mendekatkan diri kita kepada Pencipta sedangkan cara lain membuka ruang untuk Syaitan memasuki dan mempengaruhi minda bawah sedar kita.

Inilah antara anugerah Allah yang tidak ternilai, dan bangsa lain turut mengkajinya serta harus dikendali dengan berhati-hati.

Tun setuju tak kata saya kata jika kaedah ini diperkembangankan meluas, ia mampu menjadikan umat islam dan juga bangsa melayu yang berkebolehan berjaya, dihormati dan disegani. Asalkan Umat Islam dimind programkan dengan betulnya.

Maaf jika saya tersilap tolong betulkan
Saya Budak Mentah yang baru cuba mengenal politik dalam beberapa bulan ni.
Tahun ni baru cukup umur mengundi. Haha
Selamat Hari Raya Tun sekeluarga.

By ilovetunforever on October 3, 2008 5:59 AM
Dear Tun,

Here are somethings for you to ponder about the so-called lawyers:

A lawyer is cross-examining a doctor on the stand about whether or not he had checked the pulse of the deceased before he signed the death certificate.

"No," the doctor said, "I did not check his pulse."

"And did you listen for a heartbeat?" said the lawyer.

"No, I did not," said the doctor.

"So," said the lawyer, "when you signed the death certificate, you forgot to take steps to make sure he was dead. Then, I shall assume that you are a forgetful doctor for not following proper procedure to sign the death certificate."

The doctor then replied, "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out practicing law somewhere."

By ilovetunforever on October 3, 2008 6:11 AM
Dear Tun,

Here are some of the questions and answers that we can expect to hear in court:

Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: This myasthenia gravis-does it affect your memory at all?
A: Yes.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

Q: How old is your son-the one living with you?
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "where am I Sai?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Jijah.

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: How many times have you committed suicide?

Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male or a female?

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

Please keep on smiling Tun.... I am very confident that the lawyers will good answers from you like above.

By Dr. Nazir khaja on October 3, 2008 6:56 AM
Wishing you and your Family a joyous eid-ul-fitr.
Nazir Khaja

By JEHABAR on October 3, 2008 7:38 AM
Tun, InsyaAllah saya akan tetap kenang jasa bakti Tun kepada Malaysia,rakyat Malaysia dan dunia Islam.

By cakkuncak on October 3, 2008 7:48 AM
YAB Tun,

Law and the lawyers in Malaysia...hmmm, let me think...if my memory have not failed me I am recalling these names (the moment my eyes registered the word lawyers somewhere in my brain neurons or whatever).... Zaid Ibrahim, Karpal Singh, Gobind Deo Karpal Singh, all the judges who took the so called ex-gratia payments...

AND all I managed to utter is " sigggghhhhh...."

I am sorry Tun, but your predecessor have ruined many things for the sake of his own and his family progress. I guess he will defend himself later with a very lame answer like, " I wanted to be a good father".

I pray he will step down soon. Even March next year is too long in my opinion. Why? ...Well, frankly you cannot trust whatever the guy commits... he discontinued ongoing major projects despite assuring you he will not, he said he will bring transparency but look at how he handles his son in law and sons involvement ? He said he wants to reform the judiciary...instead he reformed by paying them money to support him and condemn a past PM i,e you. He said all the petrol price will remain but instead it went up and up then down and down. He said he wants to manage the budget deficit, but now he lets inflation runs loose. He said everyone is free to talk in UMNO, but he denied you your right by allowing money politics.

He said he will leave in 2010 and now postponed the party election to March 2009. Everyone assume he will leave by March, but be mindful, he did not say anything about leaving by then....

So...conclusion, this guy cannot be trusted. And note, thats only talking about him...not his Son In Law yet....

By Iwan Jefry on October 3, 2008 7:51 AM
Dear Tun,

The capacity or the lack of to remember and forget is a gift from God which we human always late or forget to appreciate. As you said the inability to remember details can be fatal to you and The gift to remember details can be fatal to you. I believe it goes both ways. Can you imagine if you can remember every details of the not so good things that happen to you? I think you can go crazy. I am so grateful of my current state of memory capability. It's pretty balance because I'm still a sane human being. Of course your spouse can get upset at times when you can't remember special dates, events etc but I guess that's OK because that is what make married life interesting getting into small argument with your spouse.

Your message today has got double meaning as always. Whatever it is I believe the truth will prevail eventually.

Selamat Hari Raya Tun.

By cakkuncak on October 3, 2008 8:02 AM
YAB Tun,

I have a question, that I sincerely hope you can reply despite your extremely limited time available.

I am a Kedahan Tun and I have this idea on ways that the Kedah state can effectively eliminate poverty in the state and develop the state aggressively.

I have the chance to present this idea to the PAS state Govt now...and if they are willing to listen, God willing this idea of mine will work.

My dilemma my heart I wish I can deal with UMNO but reality showed me that UMNO are largely a group of spoiled brats who are out to be rich for themselves and themselves alone , forever. With due respect to Datuk Mukhriz, I am sure he have his plate full with the woes of the party now and the hopes of his supporter on him.

I personally have longed to see my state developed in such a way that I can be proud of it, and I have always believed that Kedah can achieve zero poverty in a very short time if only the leaders are sincere and committed.

For the few of your mistakes and flaws dear Tun, you have not failed the country or its people and thats why most of the rakyat still love and adore you for what you have done and continue to do for the people.

You have not failed UMNO too, but now the reality is UMNO have failed you and in turn fail us all who have laid our hopes and aspiration on UMNO.

I want to see change, and I cannot wait anymore...and the way I see it, if I have to deal and work with PAS, I do not see a logical reason why I should hesitate...

But I had to ask your opinion, because my heart still hope for UMNO despite it is fading extremely fast

By Curious on October 3, 2008 8:20 AM
sometimes intelligence is much more important than memory.

By marakarma on October 3, 2008 8:41 AM











By zaidi suhaimi gilong on October 3, 2008 8:52 AM
Saya Pun

By nothingchange on October 3, 2008 9:04 AM
Dear Tun Dr M,

Selamat Hari Raya.....

If my memory serves me correct..........

In 2004, you admitted you have chosen the wrong person to lead the country. You are to be commended for admitting such a mistake.During your time as the PM, everyone can walk safely outside of their home day or night without any fear of criminal activities but everything changed in 2004.

During the tenure of the current government, snatch thief crime happened day and night at the cost of the people security. The victim is the people like me who walked along the road falling victim to snatch thief.

I don't think everyone can afford a car and as such they have to walk to get the public transport. Snatch thief took this as an opportunity for them.Unfortunately the current government doesn't seems to realise this because his family have the luxury of bodyguards and drivers to fetch them around so they won't become victim of snatch thief.

Oh how I miss those good times when I can walk around everywhere without any fear!

Like you say there is going to be a turbulence in the economic situation in Malaysia, but unfortunately the current government doesn't seems to do anything to fix the problem.I am working in the equity dealing industry which is one of the victim of the current economic problems.

The people who suffered most are the average people on the street as they lost their job due to economy slowdown and things are getting more expensive. The leader of current government would not feel this as they have the luxury of everything.

Thank you for leading the country out of economic turmoil like you did last time. It was because of you, the country become what it is today.

By mahareez on October 3, 2008 9:08 AM
Assalamualaikum WRT,
saya pernah terbaca satu fakta.. kebanyakan saintis terkemuka mempunyai masaalah mengingati sesuatu perkara.. contohnya.. terlupa dimanakah ia meletak pen nya..
mungkin Tun salah seorang darinya..
Semasa saya kecil saya masih ingat lagi saya berkunjung di Rumah Malaysia Jln Ampang untuk beraya bersama Tun.. masih segar lagi ingatan bagaimana saya cium tangan Tun.. akan tetapi sampai sekarang saya tak berapa mengingati tarikh bilakah ia berlaku.. tahun apa..? susah bagi saya untuk fakta angka atau tarikh.. yang saya ingat hanyalah saya dapat 50 sen.. yang itu saya ingat..
Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri buat Tun Dan sekeluarga..

By alfarhy on October 3, 2008 9:09 AM
Assalamulaikum Tun...

Terima Kasih Tun kerana tak jemu-jemu berkongsi pandangan, kenangan & perjuagan pada kami semua mengunjung setia blog Tun.Semua komen-komen di sini tidak langsung menunjukkan penyokong sebenar Tun. Saya percaya masih ramai penyokong-penyokong Tun di luar sana.Moga Allah terus memberi kutrat dan kesihatan pada Tun untuk terus berkongsi buah fikiran yang amat bernilai ini pada kami semua rakyat Malaysia...amin.
Insyaalh buah fikiran yang Tun kongsi disini akan menjadi membakar semangat pada kami untuk terus kuat berusaha mencapai kejayaan.Teruskan menulis Tun...satu hari akan ada seseorang yang menterjemah semua pandangan Tun menjadi kenyataan.

Hidup ini indah andai ALLAH menjadi matlamat...

By Elizabeth on October 3, 2008 9:19 AM
See, I forgot too!

Tun, I am not sure at all even when I am close up to both you and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah if both of you could feel the pride I have deep within my heart. Pride of being a Malaysian, and being a friend (I hope).

I am positively certain that the great lady has heard how much one of her late younger brother resembled her - humble and big at heart! I could never find the words to impress upon her that she never failed to remind me of his presence in our lives. He was a great man - as Tun Dr Siti Hasmah is a great lady.

Both of you means lots, lots to us as Malaysians. Our good karma that we have you both in our world, as our PM and 1st Lady. Not often can a couple be so dear, so great! If I "shy away" when Tun Siti Hasmah is nearby, guess why? I think I worry she does not think much of me...but, surely I am wrong. No?

Tun Mahathir, and Tun 1st Lady, my prayers with you both always!


By RawObserver on October 3, 2008 9:26 AM

Akal merupakan kurniaan terbesar Allah s.w.t kepada manusia yang membezakan darjat manusia dengan haiwan yang kedua-duanya mempunyai nafsu.
Tapi malangnya manusia kebanyakannya hanya mengunakan 10% daripada anugerah yang di berikan.

Saya setuju dengan nombor 9. Yang mana pemangsa mungkin menganggap mudah untuk melupakan sesuatu dan lebih-lebih lagi jika kejadian itu sering dilakukannya, tetapi tidak sebaliknya bagi mangsa yang trauma. Atau mengalami sesuatu peristiwa yang luar biasa.
Jika seseorang itu tidak ingat maka berdusta lah dia.

Kita sering lihat di Filem atau pun di televisyen yang mana mangsa-mangsa trauma, atau saksi-saksi sesuatu kejadian itu mampu menceritakan semula setiap plot-plot kejadian itu dengan begitu jelas setelah di hipnosiskan
Seseorang yang tidak mengingat no plat kenderaan penjenayah mampu menyebut kembali no plat tersebut setelah di hipnosiskan
Dan juga kita pernah mendengar orang mabuk tidak mungkin berbohong begitu juga orang yang dalam keadaan High kesan dadah.
Seorang perokok tegar mampu menghentikan tabiat nya.
Seorg yang gemuk mampu kembali kurus.

Mengapa begitu?

Setiap orang mempunyai minda bawah sedar antara 90% kemampuan otak yang lain yang tidak digunakan dan dijelajah.

Minda bawah sedar ini juga mampu digunakan untuk mencapai kejayaan hidup.
Bagaimana miskin boleh menjadi kaya, gagal menjadi berjaya. Lemah menjadi hebat secara tiba-tiba walaupun asalnya mereka hanya manusia biasa seperti kita.
Ini berlaku apabila Kita berjaya memprogram minda bawah sedar kita dengan konsistennya

Kebanyakkan orang yang begitu hebat juga secara tak langsung dan tidak disedari atau disedari sudah terlatih menggunakan minda bawah sedar


Dan antara cara untuk mengaktifkan dan memprogram minda bawah sedar kita adalah Hipnosis, Yoga, meditasi, bertapa dan bertafakur serta kundalini dan berbagai lagi

Maka tidak hairanlah mengapa seseorang yang dihipnosis atau bertapa,yoga mampu melakukan sesuatu yang luarbiasa serta membahaya. Boleh terapung diudara, tidak lut senjata, menarik kenderaan berat.

Serta hypnosis yang dikendali oleh pakar hypnosis/psikologi mampu digunapakai untuk mengendalikan sesuatu kes jenayah.

Sebagai seorang islam, Meditasi cara sufi serta Solat yang Khusyuk adalah terbaik berbanding cara lain.Yang mana mendekatkan diri kita kepada Pencipta sedangkan cara lain membuka ruang untuk Syaitan memasuki dan mempengaruhi minda bawah sedar kita.

Inilah antara anugerah Allah yang tidak ternilai, dan bangsa lain turut mengkajinya serta harus dikendali dengan berhati-hati.

Tun setuju tak kata saya kata jika kaedah ini diperkembangankan meluas, ia mampu menjadikan umat islam dan juga bangsa melayu yang berkebolehan berjaya, dihormati dan disegani. Asalkan Umat Islam dimind programkan dengan betulnya.

Maaf jika saya tersilap tolong betulkan
Saya Budak Mentah yang baru cuba mengenal politik dalam beberapa bulan ni.
Tahun ni baru cukup umur mengundi. Haha
Selamat Hari Raya Tun sekeluarga.

By nikolai goge on October 3, 2008 9:26 AM
Selamat Hari Raya Tun and family.

Your memory is definitely better than mine though i am half of your age.... so it is something that can be treasured. alhamdulillah.

Cheers for the day!

By michly on October 3, 2008 9:27 AM
Good Morning Tun,

Good one, hahahahahhahaha.

By birdfromheaven on October 3, 2008 9:41 AM
Dearest Tun yang dikasehi, Hope Tun sekeluarga had a wonderful Raya filled with joy, laughter, love and keimanan. I think Tun that in your case, it's like the labour law i.e. you are guilty until found innocent. So, dont waste your time dengan commission tu and the hands that pulled the strings of the commission. Tun, we know you are the best, we trust you, we thank you from the bottom of our heart and we love you. I hope you enjoyed the Raya card by my nine yr old daughter, Shafiqah. As always, our doa for your kesihatan dan semuga dipanjangkan umur Tun dalam kesihatan dan keimanan. Wassalam.

By apaorangkata on October 3, 2008 9:42 AM
Assalamualaikum Tun,
Sebagai manusia memang kemampuan kita terhad,tapi kita selalu lupa apa yang kita lakukan pada orang lain. Kita akan ingat sampai mati bila orang lain buat atau kata-kata yang menusuk hati, menyentuh perasaan kita. Jalan yang terbaik ialah saling maaf memaafi. Semoga Tun terus menulis agar kita sama-sama dapat belajar antara satu sama lain.

By Rozy on October 3, 2008 9:45 AM
Ayahanda Tun dan Bonda Tun Dr.Siti Hasmah memang saling melengkapi...hehe...orang perempuan memang prihatin tentang peristiwa2 spt tarikh lahir dsbnya... Ayahanda Tun ingatan orang lelaki ada skilnya dan sangatlah serius....Oh ya..semenjak menyertai Blog Ayahanda ni...BERTAMBAH TAJAM INGATAN SAYA! terima kasihlah kerana dapat mengasah BAKAT PENULISAN DAN MENTERJEMAHKAN PERCAMBAHAN FIKIRAN DISINI! Yang dikasihi Ayahanda dan Bonda Tun Dr.Siti Hasmah pun macam ayahanda juga PENULIS DAN PEMIKIR YANG HEBAT.... TAHNIAH...menunjukkan teladan yang baik bagi kami generasi baru ini! KAMI DOAKAN DALAM SIHAT SEJAHTERA DAN DILINDUNGI ALLAH ...SEGALA JASA2 DAN KEIKHLASAN TUN BERDUA UNTUK BANGSA DAN NEGARA KEPADA ALLAH JUA KAMI SERAHKAN....

By paneh on October 3, 2008 9:46 AM
Assalamualaikum ayahanda Tun Mahathir. Berikut merupakan jangkaan saya berkenaan pemilihan UMNO akan datang seperti yang telah dipaparkan dalam blog Harap ayahanda Tun boleh beri sedikit pandangan sama ada ramalan saya itu akan berlaku atau sebaliknya. Terima kasih.

Analisis Pemilihan UMNO.

Inilah berita yang aku nantikan apabila Zahid Hamidi akhirnya mengumumkan bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden selepas Ezam menawarkan diri untuk bertanding jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO. Siapa yang tidak kenal Zahid Hamidi yang dahulunya adalah Ketua Pemuda UMNO? Siapa yang boleh lupa bagaimana Zahid yang suatu ketika dahulu begitu lantang 'menyanyikan lagu' kronisme dan nepotisme semasa perhimpunan Agong UMNO. Brader Anwar Bin Ibrahim juga pernah mengaku bahawa dialah yang menyuruh Zahid memainkan isu tersebut yang secara terang2an mahu menjatuhkan Dr Mahathir ketika itu bagi merebut kerusi panas nombor wahid dalam UMNO. Siapa yang boleh menafikan Zahid Hamidi orang Anwar ketika itu? Adakah Zahid Hamidi kini bukan lagi 'budak kesayangan' Anwar? Adakah Anwar yang meminta Zahid menawarkan diri bertanding kedudukan nombor 2 UMNO itu?

Ezam pula sudah menawarkan diri untuk bertanding jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO. Walaupun ramai yang memuji keikhlasan Ezam untuk menyertai semula UMNO, namun ramai juga orang2 UMNO yang masih belum lupa bagaimana 'ikhlasnya' Ezam mengutuk dan memperlekehkan Melayu dan UMNO sebelum ini. Dengan gaya pidato dan ceramah yang saling tak tumpah seperti Anwar, sehingga kini aku tetap meragui Ezam yang umpama 'Trojan Horse' seperti yang diperkatakan ramai.

Dalam kebanyakan ceramah Brader Anwar Bin Ibrahim di pentas Pakatan Rakyat, beliau sering berkata "sahabat2 saya dalam UMNO mengatakan....sahabat2 saya dalam UMNO memberitahu......" Siapakah yang masih menjadi sahabat2 Anwar dalam UMNO ini dan persoalan utama ialah siapakah yang menjadi penyalur maklumat dalaman UMNO kepada beliau?

Aku merasakan seperti ada 'gerakan terancang' yang sedang berlaku dalam UMNO ketika ini. Sekiranya Paklah tidak mempertahankan jawatan Presiden UMNO, maka aku meramalkan Muhyiddin tidak akan bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden UMNO. Berdasarkan usia, jika Muhyiddin tetap bertekad untuk bertanding jawatan nombor 2 dalam UMNO, maka pencapaiannya hanya akan kekal setakat itu. Semua sedia maklum bahawa Najib masih muda dan pasti akan kekal lama jika memegang jawatan Presiden UMNO. Jadi agak mustahil bagi Muhyiddin untuk menjadi Presiden seterusnya. Tambahan pula sejarah mencatatkan bahawa ramai yang tidak kekal lama di kerusi Timbalan Presiden UMNO dan bagaimana 'panasnya' kedudukan nombor 2 tersebut. Dengan latar belakang yang agak bersih dan ditambah lagi dengan kekaguman ahli2 UMNO atas keberanian Muhyiddin dalam menyuarakan sesuatu isu akhir2 ini, sudah tentu Muhyiddin sanggup mengambil risiko yang lebih besar. Kebelakangan ini pula Tun Mahathir sering 'merungut' berkenaan bagaimana lemahnya Najib dalam menangani sesuatu isu. Jadi sudah tentu sokongan Tun Mahathir akan diberikan kepada Muhyiddin sekiranya Muhyiddin mengumumkan untuk bertanding jawatan Presiden UMNO. Bahkan ketika ini mereka berdua tampak agak akrab. Mungkin pada ketika itu juga Tun Mahathir sudahpun masuk semula ke dalam UMNO untuk berkempen bagi pihak Muhyiddin. Tiada siapa yang boleh menafikan pengaruh Tun Mahathir yang masih kuat di dalam UMNO terutama di kalangan akar umbi.

Jika andaian aku di atas benar2 terjadi, bayangkan apa yang akan berlaku kepada Zahid Hamidi. Setakat ini hanya dia yang menyatakan hasrat bertanding jawatan Timbalan Presiden. Jika Muhyiddin memutuskan untuk bertanding jawatan Presiden dan hanya Zahid yang menawarkan diri untuk jawatan Timbalan, maka sudah tentu semua pencalonan Bahagian akan pergi kepada Zahid. Kemungkinan Isa Samad, Ali Rustam dan beberapa orang lagi akan turut menawarkan diri untuk jawatan Timbalan, namun ahli UMNO akan melihat Zahid yang paling 'ideal' disebabkan latar belakang yang kononnya 'bersih' disamping menjadi orang pertama yang berani menawarkan diri. Jika ini berlaku, maka Zahid Hamidi akan menjadi Timbalan Presiden UMNO, sekaligus sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

Ramai yang meramalkan bahawa Mukhriz akan menang sebagai Ketua Pemuda UMNO. Adakah Ezam sudah tiada peluang? Aku beranggapan bahawa Ezam tidak akan menawarkan diri bertanding jawatan Ketua Pemuda jika dia tidak mendapat 'restu' daripada seseorang. Namun aku masih menimbangkan peluang untuk Ezam memenangi jawatan itu.

Namun, jika kesudahannya Zahid menjadi Timbalan Presiden dan Ezam menang dalam saingan merebut jawatan Ketua Pemua UMNO, maka sudah tentu keputusan ini akan memudahkan laluan untuk Anwar kembali semula ke dalam UMNO. Ramai tahu bahawa Anwar masih lagi belum menjadi ahli PKR. Kelihatan seperti Anwar masih menyimpan hasrat untuk kembali menyertai UMNO kerana beliau sedar bahawa itulah wadah sebenar perjuangan Melayu. Jika impiannya ini tercapai, maka sudah tentu Brader Anwar Bin Ibrahim dengan cepatnya dapat membina pengaruh kerana sudah 'masak' benar dengan 'permainan' dalaman UMNO. Seterusnya impian beliau untuk menjawat jawatan Presiden UMNO bukan lagi ilusi sekaligus dinobatkan sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia. Sudah tentu ia akan menjadi puncak kejayaan rancangan mereka yang pernah dinafikan oleh Tun Mahathir pada 1998 iaitu Brader Anwar Bin Ibrahim sebagai Presiden, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sebagai Timbalan Presiden, Ezam sebagai Ketua Pemuda, Dr Siti Zaharah sebagai Ketua Wanita dan Nurul Izzah sebagai Ketua Puteri UMNO.

p/s: Menunggu calon Ketua Puteri dan Wanita UMNO.

By rozamnah on October 3, 2008 9:50 AM
Allah knows it is part of human weakness because He created us. That is the reason why we have the Angels of Rakib and the Angels of A'tid obediently sitting next to us every single second recording our daily activities without leaving out any single act. The proving of guilty of wrong doings or claiming of innocence is not bestowed on the way of the interrogation process but rather on the real evidence.Any worldly court of law can never live up to that standard.That is the reason why we have culprits running loose and the innocent people got vindicted via court or media.

This is just a humble suggestion to you and I know you may have done it already. Do a lot of Solat Hajat Tun and may Allah show the truth at the end. Stay strong and stay healthy I guess you might need them when they start interrogate you.

There are many of us still with you. After all we are all human beings.

Tukang Jual Mee REbus johor

By Mikey on October 3, 2008 9:55 AM
Dear Doctor,
Selamat Hary Raya. We've all heard of your excellent memory and how you have been an ardent fan of Tony Buzan and his memory enhancement techniques.
I think the victim of this sodomy case should well be able to remember the color of the room and other broad details of the crime scene. The poor victim would have such bad memory that he got himself examined for sodomy even when he wasn't sodomized (as attested by the doctor who examined him).
So, if he can't remember any of the details, we'd totally understand. Maybe you should have enrolled this victim into a Tony Buzan seminar and coached him a little so he could have remembered.

Just stop this rubbish. We know there was no sodomy and therefore nothing to remember.

God bless you,

By Hardip on October 3, 2008 10:03 AM
Tun, my dad has memory loss issues too. This will be a good read for him :) thanks & have a great Raya!

By maya on October 3, 2008 10:05 AM
salam tun,
Kita seakan sudah mengetahui permainan di mahkamah berkaitan kes liwat yang akan bersambung nanti. Saya percaya peguam peguam tertuduh akan terus mendesak mangsa untuk memberikan perincian kejadian dari baju yang pakai sehinggalah gaya yang dilakukan.

Akhirnya kes itu akan berkesudahan digugurkan akibat mangsa tidak dapat mengingati warna seluar dalam tertuduh!!!

Allah maha berkuasa dari apa yang ada alam ini, semakin berusia kita semakin kita lemah ingatan kita, ironinya, kita akan berkebolehan untuk mengingati apa yang berlaku semasa zaman kanak kanak dengan terperinci, ingat kembali nama rakan rakan sewaktu usia 5/6 tahun dahulu, tetapi kita akan lupa apa yang telah dilakukan pagi tadi. Tuhan Maha Kaya. Alhamdullillah Allah telah berikan Tun kurniaan ingatan dan pemikiran yang jauh lebih baik dari pemimpin pemimpin dunia yang seusia atau lebih muda.

Umur saya separuh dari usia Tun, tapi saya tidak dapat mengingati apa yang dilakukan semalam. Mungkin saya terpaksa makan kismis mulai hari ini. Begitu juga Pak Lah.

By SwitchBlade on October 3, 2008 10:15 AM
As'salamualaikum & sejahtera serta SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI buat Ayahanda Tun Mahathir, Bonda Siti Hasmah sekeluarga dan bloggers che-det sekelian..

Adalah undang-undang itu seperti sarang labah-labah di mana yang besar akan terlepas dan yg kecil kekal menjadi mangsa..

Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid..

By Lim on October 3, 2008 10:19 AM
Dear Tun,

Pada pendapat i, kalau orang tu buat salah dia mesti ingat dengan jelas segala kesalahan yang pernah dibuatnya.

Tetapi bila kita buat sesuatu perkara yang baik atau biasa maka kita susah mengingatinya.

Begitu juga kalau kita buat suatu perkara yang istimewa maka kita akan ingat dengan jelas tanpa perlu berlatih mengingatinya.

Sehingga kini, jaringan otak manusia masih menjadi misteri kepada saintis. Tidak semua perkara berkaitan otak mampu diterokai oleh saintis.

Inilah anugerah Tuhan yang tak ternilai. Segala tindakan dan pemikiran minda kita dikawal oleh otak.

Kita mampu menipu orang untuk menutup kesalahan diri tetapi kita tidak sesekali mampu berlari daripada kesalahan yang pernah kita lakukan kerana memori terkandung dalam otak manakala otak terkandung dalam jasad kita.

Kita akan membawanya sehingga ke akhir hayat.....


By nab on October 3, 2008 10:19 AM
Salam sejahtera semoga diberkati Allah bersama keluarga.

By nookvillage on October 3, 2008 10:21 AM

Not to worry too much.The Court is fair and decides on the totality of the evidence given.

By pok-kam on October 3, 2008 10:35 AM
Dear Tun,

If lawyers got good memories, I guess they won't have to drag those ugly bags everytimes they enter a courthouse.

Me? I can't even remember how many times I swear in a day.

By pakmang on October 3, 2008 11:03 AM
Dear Tun,

While everybody is still celebrating and enjoying Hari Raya Aidilfitri I presumed you should do the same instead of writing this article on the 2nd day of the Hari Raya.

Tun, sometimes we have to relax ourselves especially on this special occassion. No matter what would happen and take place forthcoming let the God justifies it as we are innocent. Unless we are guilty of being wrong doing to certain issues. It is just matter of time when the God will punish those who have done wrong.

Selamat Hari Raya.

By Shamsulfahmi Shamsudin on October 3, 2008 11:04 AM
Dear Tun and Co.

Salam Aidilfitri. Semoga ada kesyukuran dalam kemeriahan di Syawal ini.

A few interesting quotes on memories if may - especially for you, Tun. Enjoy.

The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory. ~Author Unknown

Memory is what tells a man that his wife's birthday was yesterday. ~Mario Rocco

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward. ~Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact. ~Diane Sawyer

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. ~Edward de Bono

We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. ~Josh Billings

I have memories - but only a fool stores his past in the future. ~David Gerrold

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~Saul Bellow

Memory itself is an internal rumour. ~George Santayana, The Life of Reason

It is singular how soon we lose the impression of what ceases to be constantly before us. A year impairs, a luster obliterates. There is little distinct left without an effort of memory, then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment - but who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer? ~Lord Byron

The past is never dead, it is not even past. ~William Faulkner

The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Every man's memory is his private literature. ~Aldous Huxley

God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. ~J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food. ~Austin O'Malley

Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. ~Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~P.D. James

And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses - would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories? ~Rainer Maria Rilke

The leaves of memory seemed to make
A mournful rustling in the dark.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.
~Emily Dickinson, "Time and Eternity"

A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose. ~Hortense Calisher, Queenie, 1971

A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction. ~Carol Shields

What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. ~Cynthia Ozick

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart. ~Thomas Fuller

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
~T.S. Eliot

To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground

In memory's telephoto lens, far objects are magnified. ~John Updike

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. ~Seneca

Life is a rough biography. Memories smooth out the edges. ~Dante G. Roque

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

I am a miser of my memories of you
And will not spend them.
~Witter Bynner, "Coins"

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind. ~Thalassa Cruso, To Everything There is a Season, 1973

The two offices of memory are collection and distribution. ~Samuel Johnson

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. ~Salvador Dali

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. ~Michel de Montaigne

The faintest waft is sometimes enough to induce feelings of hunger or anticipation, or to transport you back through time and space to a long-forgotten moment in your childhood. It can overwhelm you in an instant or simply tease you, creeping into your consciousness slowly and evaporating almost the moment it is detected. ~Stephen Lacey, Scent in Your Garden, 1991

She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes. ~Frank Deford

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~From the movie An Affair to Remember

By kamal ahmad on October 3, 2008 11:04 AM
Salam Ayahanda Tun,

I am no doctor and not a practicing lawyer. Nevertheless based on Tun’s vast familiarity, I would like to bring Tun’s observation on these issues:

1.Is a defendant with multiple personalities sane or insane in the eyes of the law?

2.What if one of their personalities meets the state's definition of insanity, but the rest do not?

3.If a witness or defendant is found to have multiple personalities, whether consciously or un-consciously, which personalities should testify?

4.Should each be sworn in separately, or does that lend credence to the irrelevancies of outdated laws and its legal authority on such a case?

5.How could justice be served without inflicting any manner of punishment on the non-guilty character/personality?

6.Is the legal system competent enough to handle this sort of disputes? Or would it just pass the predicament and let the psychiatrists work things out?

7.In which case, would justice still be served on the aggrieved party?

A person with multiple or spilt personality disorders may even pass the lie detector test. For the reason that to - his/her/they - best knowledge, no such crime was committed, and to some extent, they may be correct in believing so. Included in the link below is the synopsis of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1886), by the author Robert Louis Stevenson. It makes for an interesting read.

By bujangrm on October 3, 2008 11:07 AM
Assalamu `alaikum YBhg Tun dan Pengunjung Blog Chedet,

(01) Benar, sesuatu yang sukar apabila kita sukar mengingat apa yang pernah berlaku. Apabila sukar mengingat, kita akan resah. Mungkinkah ini fenomena azali bagi makhluk bernama manusia? Barangkali wujud penjelasan secara saintifik berkenaan dengannya.

(02) Walau apapun, saya paling risau kalau ia menyentuh kealpaan atau kelupaan kita terhadap tanggungjwab kita kepada agama, bangsa dan agama. Bukankah itu tugas kita yang hakiki?

(03) Saya setuju dengan YBhg Tun untuk seboleh-bolehnya menulis secara "detail" apa yang berlaku. Bak kata Tun, "So please try to memorise everything you do every day. Don't forget the details. It can be fatal for you."


Bujang Redzuan Mohammed
Kuching Sarawak

By Wan on October 3, 2008 11:21 AM
Salam Tun,

Lepas baca artical ni, terfikir saya dengan sajak Tun yang bertajuk "Melayu Mudah Lupa".

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

By ketupat on October 3, 2008 11:27 AM
Assalamualaikum Tun,

I would like to read your comment regarding Maybank buying shares of BII through Temasek Holdings. I knew you are not an economist but I would like to get your point as "orang lama". Do put in anything you know about Temasek Holdings. Thanks Tun!

By momot on October 3, 2008 11:35 AM
Salam Aidilfitri Tun sekeluarga,
1. Kita manusia biasa, LUPA tu biasalah. Saya paling susah nak ingat nama orang dan tarikh apa2 event. Baru umo 28 dah jadi pelupa, banyak sangat makan semut agaknya.. :D
2. Saya sekeluarga pernah salam ngan Tun M & Tun Siti kat Padang Majlis Perbandaran Kangar. Masa tu sambutan Jubli Emas Pemerintahan Raja Perlis, Tun masih PM, lama dah, tak ingat dah tahun berapa..yang saya ingat ialah betapa jernihnya wajah Tun berdua & betapa gembiranya mak saya dapat bergambar ngan Tun Siti.
3. Harap2 jangan la saya terlibat dengan apa2 kes mahkamah, susah nanti sebab banyak yang saya tak ingat.Dulu2 selalu catit dalam diari. Diari pulak kena sembunyi takut orang baca. Punyalah sembunyi sampai tak ingat dah diari tu saya sembunyi kat mana...huhu
4. Saya memang seorang pelupa tapi saya takkan lupa asal usul saya sebagai anak Melayu Malaysia.

Terima kasih Tun !

By patrickz218 on October 3, 2008 11:41 AM
Dear Tun ,
Please talk about the increase of foreigner with mycard in SABAH,how come the increase of many of them to 285 percent from 1075 to 2008!

By njs on October 3, 2008 11:41 AM
wish u selamat hari raya, we all malaysian luv u always

By zainnan on October 3, 2008 11:43 AM
Tun has oftenly accused that some Malays seem to have short memory (mudah lupa) especially so when he has crafted the infamous NEP which has made some of them, notably the cronies very rich and wealthy.

But, alas today Tun has come out and admitted that he too seems to inherit the same handicap - poor memory. Tun's poor memory could reach its peak especially when he is subpoenaed for testimony in the open courts.

When Tun has reached the reputation as a story teller which has envied many world's leaders, it really baffles me that suddently Tun has been stumbled with poor or rather short memory.

I guess Tun's memory is sharp as ever, as gifted by the Great Almighty. Probably Tun could have lost to grasp the proper words in that split of seconds rather than exhibiting signs of poor memory.

By roshah007 on October 3, 2008 11:46 AM
Assalamualaikum ayahanda Tun Dr M, bonda Tun Ct Hasmah dan rakan-rakan bloggers,

Melayu mudah lupa,
Bukan melayu saja yang lupa tapi bangsa lainpun dah lupa,
Lupa asal-usul,
Lupa rupa bentuk,
Lupa di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit patut dijunjung,
Lupa janji jadi rakyat Malaysia,

Sementara YAB AAB dan YB-YB lain juga lupa,
Lupa janji teruskan usaha yang ditinggalkan oleh ayahanda untuk negara, bangsa dan negara,
Lupa pada janji mereka pada rakyat,
Lupa diri hingga sanggup menggadai maruah bangsa dan negara.

Lupa itu lumrah bagi semua,
Lupa itu pasti ada pada setiap insan,
Namun satu yang kami tak akan lupa,
Tak akan kami lupa segala-galanya wahai ayahanda kami.

Jaga diri dan semoga Allah memberi hidayah,melindungi dari segala kejahatan didunia dan memberi kebahagian di dunia dan akhirat.

Saya sayang Ayahanda Tun dan Bonda Tun sebagaimana arwah ayah dan bonda saya.

Anakanda Ros Hadi

By onesoul on October 3, 2008 12:20 PM
THE most important thing in our life should be "To Purify Our Mind".TO purify our mind, we need to first broaden ourselves with activities of compassion so as to gradually get rid of the self-centered habits.
TO broaden ourselves, we should FIRST FILL OUR MIND with BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS:WE should try to make our mind like land, because land has beautiful virtues: when animals shed their excrement on land, land never express anything angrily, because it is not swayed and is completely indifferent; when humans (the rich and famous, sages and saints, or perfect people) walk over land, land feels nothing, again because it is not swayed and is completely indifferent.Land is not involved or affected by favorable or dangerous situations. Land always welcomes all kinds of situations. It will not take or give up anything, is never confused, is never swayed or attracted by anything, never starts an idea or gives up an idea, peacefully enjoys leisure and endures patiently, and is completely serene. These are some of the beautiful virtues of the land that we step on every day.IF you have no mind to all living things, then what's the harm of letting these things surround you? We really should learn the spiritual part of land and cultivate the broad and generous mind. This will help to purify our mind.
WHEN you face favorable situations or dangerous situations, you can still do everything without the least worry and feel comfortable and able to do anything of your own free will. When you meet somebody, perhaps the person you like the least in your life, a person who looks at you with dirty stares, do you still feel comfortable and free? As a matter of fact, in these kinds of moments, there is a fight between "The state of holiness and wisdom" and "The temptations or evil influence." If we use the worldly words it's like a fight between "The Good" and "The Bad." Becoming The Good or The Bad is all depended on our MIND.BECAUSE The Good and The Bad are decided by our mind, maybe we can put it this way: The Good and The Bad share our mind. When The Good defeats The Bad, the whole of our mind is Good. When The Bad defeats The Good, the whole of our mind is Bad. From this angle you might have an idea that The Good and The Bad are all from our mind. THE way our mind treats the situations we face creates the difference between "The state of holiness and wisdom"(The Good) and "The temptations or evil influence"(The Bad). If our mind is contaminated by situations, the mind becomes "The Bad." If our mind is not contaminated by situations, the mind becomes "The Good".
WHEN adverse circumstances come, just let them do what they like; when adverse circumstances go, just let them do what they like also. When fortunate circumstances come, just let them arise naturally without extra effort; when fortunate circumstances go, again just let them depart naturally without extra effort. Our mind should not be linked up with any circumstances, whether good circumstances or bad circumstances. This will help Purify Our Mind.WHEN adverse circumstances come, do not feel delighted, when adverse circumstances leave, do not feel disappointed. If the mind feels delighted or disappointed, it shows that we can not control ourselves. In this moment, our mind will have all kinds of entanglements of love, hate, desire, and possession by force. After this step, all kinds of problems will follow and never end.
IF we observe things around us, we will find out that "None is permanent". Things, whether material or non-material, change constantly. Some of the changes are evident, some of them are not. Ever since life began, natural phenomena have been like this. From this point of view, we should understand that things always arise depending on conditions. When the appropriate conditions come together, things arise; when those conditions disperse, things cease. IF you could understand the point that Nothing is permanent, you will not keep thinking of something in your memory all the time, because it is impermanent and will eventually vanish, no matter how much you keep remembering it. In such a case, why don't we just leave it alone?IN the Universe, everything that we can see, hear, and think of all arising depending on conditions, meaning that everything is impermanent. The people we love the most or the situations we like the most will all vanish. The people we hate the most or the situations we like the least will all vanish too. Do we still want to persist in our own opinions of things that happen one minute and vanish the next in this world?
THERE are all kinds of thoughts in our mind: evil thoughts, greedy thoughts, and kind thoughts. These thoughts are always confused, tangled, profuse, disordered, and most of the time, we can not control them. Actions, motions, works, and even mistakes all arise from thoughts in our mind. When we put an idea of going to a place in our mind, then action will lead our body to that place. When we start an idea of going to the church, then action will bring us to that church. We will spend our entire fortune doing something because of a little thought in our mind. We will begin to be deeply attached to one thing or act on momentary impulse because of a little thought in our mind. We will offend people by our words because of a little wrong thought in our mind. We might do something offensive or harmful to society's morals because of a little evil thought in our mind.WE always maneuver for positions or benefits against rivals. We try to cause alienation between friends or relatives by spreading rumors or doing something. Does anybody know why? It is because "What one is thinking of at any given moment is often evil thoughts." THE Good and The Bad all are from our MIND. We are the masters of the mind and also are the watershed of The Good and The Bad. Mind produces all kinds of thoughts; mind is the origin of events that follow from Good thoughts and Bad thoughts. From this point of view, we all should understand how important it is to purify our mind.
IF we want to avoid disasters or calamities made by ourselves, we have to stop putting ideas in our head. The moment we stop an idea arising is called "True Awakening".THERE are all kinds of garbage in our mind. If we want to purify our mind, getting rid of the garbage in our mind might be the first thing we have to do. What is the garbage of mind? Dirty and polluted thoughts, greedy thoughts, hateful thoughts, infatuated thoughts, worried thoughts, suffering thoughts, haughty thoughts, impudent thoughts, envious thoughts, indecent thoughts, heterodox thoughts, dreary thoughts, and hollow thoughts. These can all be called garbage of the mind. Someone in history said once that one who can govern a battalion of a million soldiers is not a hero: the real hero is that person who can govern his mind. We should understand the meaning of these words. IF an evil thought arises in our mind, then more evil thoughts like water will come in torrents; nothing can ward them off. These evil thoughts will forever lead us to thinking, speaking, and acting evil. Ever since life began, the habitual temperament of human beings makes us like this. It is doubly difficult to get rid of them. WHEN we can govern our thoughts, our mind will not be affected by situations. From this, our mind can be free. This is a very hard level to reach, but the first step always is hard.FOR those who have too many friendly feelings (such as being crazy about women), if they do not control their feelings well, they will follow their thoughts and will sink into the deep sea of feelings. For those who desire wealth and honor greatly, their minds are clouded by material desires, the covetous thoughts will lead them to fame and wealth, and they will be in the bondage of reputation and wealth forever.ALWAYS keep a watch on thoughts in your mind. Try to realize or know what and where your thoughts are. As a matter of fact, according to the experienced people's idea, "Thoughts always vanish when you watch them." If we could practice like this all the time, the power of our thoughts will decrease over time. This is not a very easy level to reach, but at least we have an idea that there is a way to get rid of thoughts. LIKE we mentioned, things arise always depending on conditions: when conditions come together or gather together, things arise; when conditions disperse or dispel, things cease. [This is a doubly important notion]. When we understand this notion, we will also understand that everything in the universe is impermanent; from this point of view, it should be easy to get rid of CLINGING, and always persisting in our opinion. Always remember and practice the notion of IMPERMANENCE. This will help to purify our mind a lot.
WE should live in a world which belongs to our real inner self or original nature of human being. This world is bright and brilliant, where there no dispute, and we are not bothered by material concerns. It is pure and peaceful, enjoying leisure and not sorrowful; but we never try to act in response to this world, we never try to be a friend of our real inner self. The only thing we do day in and day out is to try and climb up socially. This is what the Chinese call "Attending to the superficials and neglecting the essentials". WHEN our real inner self is led astray by human desires, we all know that desires are bottomless. We all will not be able to do anything of our own free will, and we become the slaves of human desires. THE power of temptation of human desires is doubly brutal. Some people always try to attain their desires with nefarious tactics. The moment we have a thought like this, the moment we lose the chance to contact our real inner self, we are going to be gone far away from purifying our mind.OUR mind will not stop producing thoughts because of human desires. Therefore, our real inner self will be clouded by material desires forevermore, and our original nature will be contaminated forevermore also.WHY does our mind always produce thoughts? Before we talk about this subject, maybe we should understand some evil ingredients in our mind. According to the experienced people's idea, " Being greedy for everything, angry at everything, and not understanding the real truth are the most common evil ingredients in our mind." THESE evil ingredients influence and poison our mind very strongly. That is the reason why our mind produces thoughts every minute of the day. And like we mentioned, "What one is thinking of at any given moment is often evil thoughts." From this, we should understand that fighting these evil thoughts is the most important thing we are going to do.
BESIDES what we have already mentioned, there are other ways to reduce thoughts in our mind. Here we try to introduce some of them. Hopefully this will benefit everybody who is seriously interested in this field.TRY our level best to understand that all living things in the universe are equal; otherwise, we will have a special mind which always looks at things from a dualistic perspective. For example, making a distinction between the good and the bad. And all the problems will be starting from right here, such as "Always persist our own ideas", "Always argue", "Always hate", "Always fight", …and never stop. LIKE we mentioned in the beginning, we should try to make our mind like LAND, and be tolerant of other people's mistakes, or wrongdoing or weaknesses. Try to express solicitude for everybody (Friends, enemies, good, and bad) equally. Try not to dispute or discuss in minute detail gaining or losing. Try not to be moved by sad or delighted things. Try not to feel so pleased when people respect or praise us. Try not to hate or abhor when people slight us.WHEN people show their beautiful virtues (like helping others), we should show our respect and join in their actions, and we should try not to be jealous of other people's beautiful virtues. When we see people facing troubles, we should not gloat over their disaster. ACCORDING to the experienced people's idea, "The highest wisdom comes from a merciful heart", the merciful heart comes from "Solving people's problems without any conditions and helping people to get peace, calm, and sagacity without any conditions either".IF we look at things or treat things unequally, from here, all the worry, trouble, and prejudice will be produced almost right away. Thus if we want to purify our mind, we have to learn to look at things or treat things with equality. SOMEDAY when we realize that all the beings are equal and could be blend or mix together, and become "ONE" in some way, we will understand really what is the "Real Truth".

By madisyak51 on October 3, 2008 12:32 PM
Ingatan adalah senjata penting kepada manusia bagi menghadapi masa depan. Dengan adanya ingatan, sejarah akan terpelihara. Kental ingatan, kentallah juga sejarah. Dan sejarah adalah kenangan dalam hidup kita.

Saya masih ingat ketika berusia 6 tahun iaitu kira-kira 50 tahun yang lalu saya mengidap demam malaria yang amat teruk sehingga tidak dapat berjalan. YM Tun sendiri ketika itu mempunyai MAHA KLINIK di Alor Setar telah datang dengan kereta Tun ke rumah saya untuk merawat saya. Dan Tun menasihatkan bapa saya untuk membawa saya ke klinik Tun esoknya untuk rawatan lanjut.

Selepas beberapa kali rawatan yang Tun berikan, dan kuasa Tuhan tentunya, saya tidak lagi dijangkiti malaria hingga ke hari ini. Sehingga pada suatu hari ketika mendapatkan rawatan susulan, Tun sendiri keluar dari bilik rawatan mendukung saya keluar dari bilik rawatan dan menghadiahkan ole-ole buat saya.

Begitu tebalnya ingatan saya terhadap Tun. Dan peristiwa Tun datang ke rumah saya di sebuah kampung di pinggir Alor Setar pada malam itu masih terpahat dalam ingatan saya. Mungkin Tun tidak ingat langsung tentang perkara ini.

Apa yang telah YM Tun lakukan itu, jarang dapat dilakukan oleh para doktor pada masa itu dan tentulah tak mungkin berlaku pada masa ini.

By muja on October 3, 2008 12:51 PM
After reading Raja Petra Kamarudin's wife comment in today's Star newspaper I have to but agree with you that human memory can be really bad at times.

2. She had commented that RPK cannot stomach the smelly food provided in the Kamunting detention centre. Obviously she has forgotten that RPK is now in prison for the crimes he has committed. Yes, he is a criminal. A criminal does not deseve a five-star hotel treatment.

3. He used to have a good life and food but he chose to be where he is now. Please don't blame anybody for it.

4. She said "I guess they consider my husband a hardcore criminal". Blimey! Doesn't she realise it by now? He IS a hardcore criminal. He is the person who had bad agendas against certain leaders and accused them of all kinds of things. He was reminded time and again but he thought he wanted to be a hero in his own fantasy.

5. He was responsible to instigate the racial tension in the country and almost sent the whole country into a racial riot and she has the cheek to question the label of a hardcore criminal on her husband.

6. In case she has forgotten, i would like to recall how he had also angered the muslims in the country on the Prophet's issue. I guess she can't remember.

7. RPK has forgotten many things in his life. He has also forgotten the customs and culture of the country.

8. Looking at the cheerful smiling face of Marina Lee Abdullah in the Star, I guess she has also forgotten that her husband is in prison, eating smelly food.

Take care Tun, RPK and Marina Lee Abdullah

By remajaKL on October 3, 2008 1:22 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun..

Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri..this remind me to my late grandmother, she's a matron and use to work with Tun Dr.Hasmah long time ago. She can remember those story from her childhood eventhough at that time she's 80y old and the best part is, she can tell every single story to her grandchildren's with different story everytime we get together. I was wondering how can she remember all that even her son and daugther can't evan remember their own important moment in their life. It was soo wonderful mind, and i hope i can be like her too. One more thing, she can keep all her original teeth in white and shining until the day she die. Brilliant!!

Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada Tun..!!

By abbas on October 3, 2008 1:46 PM
Orang kata..."We can forgive but not forget"Well, di hari yang mulia ini,[kalau betul lah apa yang cuba di katakan oleh some of the bloggers tentang Tun itu betul sangatlah bagi diri mereka]...saya sebagai rakyat tetap kata "I forgive" you "I cannot forget" what you have done for us and how your wawasan navigate kita jadi rakyat yang berjaya.Sebagai pemimpin Tun bertindak/berfikir untuk semua.Mereka cuma nampak Tun dan anak2 aje sebab itu saja yang buat mereka dan rgument mereka significant!Kenapa tak cerita tentang kawan2 mereka yang berjaya..takkanlah ingat kita tak tahu..mata ada fikiran ada buat apa?Kepada yang bercakap macam sebahagian kami tak kisah cukup2lah tu..jangan underestimate kami lagi,kami tahu cuma buat2 tak tahu sahaja.. tahap toleransi kami masih baik..sebagai yang dituntut oleh ibubapa dan nenek moyang kami.
Kepada yang di hormati Tun dan isteri...semoga kita diberi kesempatan utk berjumpa lagi di Syawal yang akan datang..Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, maaf zahir dan batin dari saya,isteri,anak dan ibu mertua.

By justdoit on October 3, 2008 1:50 PM


By aiza on October 3, 2008 2:05 PM
Assalamualaikum YAB Tun Dr Mahathir & YAB Tun Siti Hasmah,


Semoga YAB Tun sekeluarga sihat sejahtera serta sentiasa dilindungi Allah s.w.t dari sebarang anasir-2 kejahatan.

Salam...Aiza Mohammad Sohaimi

By sdahenan on October 3, 2008 2:13 PM


Yang di hormati lagi di sayangi Ayahanda Tun dan Bonda Siti Hasmah

Bagi anakanda ini,apa yang ayahanda tuliskan bukan lah merupakan satu sindiran kepada dsai atau yang lain2 nya tetapi lebih merupakan satu peringatan kepada kesemua rakyat Malaysia supaya tidak membuat pemilihan yang silap kepada sesiapa yang mahu menjadi PEMIMPIM NEGARA KITA INI.
Nama nya pun LAMAN BLOG dan di sini lah tempat nya untuk ayahanda Tun menghampiri dan membimbing rakyat melalui penulisan yang ada kala nya berjenaka,pedas ,bernas,menghiburkan dan memberikan nasihat2 yang berguna demi kesejahteraan kehidupan rakyat Malaysia.
Saya juga adalah seorang yang sering pelupa dan jarang suka |'MEMORIZE THINGS".Apabila ingin mengetahui sesuatu saya selalu membuat rujukan di perpustakaan peribadi saya.Nasib baik saya tak pernah lupa waktu solat saya,kalau tidak saya pun LINGKUP.

Semoga Ayahanda Tun dan Bonda selalu berada di dalam Rahmat ALLAH SWT.

Alif Lam Mim


By suhainin suhaibol on October 3, 2008 2:22 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun....

Sudah banyak kali saya
ingatkan Tun "Jangan
lupakan kami,kalau Tun
lupa kami...Kami lastik
kereta besar Tun(UMNO)...
jangan lupa, Mukhriz ada
dalam kereta besar itu"

ingat 2002,2003...dan 2004..
Orang Kerdil....bomoh dan
paling penting X-Fails Bukan

Salam Hormat...
Ingat...kaki gunung kinabalu..
Kinabalu Golf Club...

By Tanah Melayu on October 3, 2008 2:36 PM
1. Sabar Tun...

2. Saya pun sama tak berapa ingat perkara secara terperinci..tiap-tiap hari..tuu

3. Nak juga ikut pergi kursus tuu...

4. Tak ingat pun dikatakan penipu...tapi kalau rancangan "Tom Tom Bak" oleh Aznil Nawawi - kalau bebudak tak ingat dia tak cakap pulak penipu..dia hanya cakap "fikirkan dulu yea dik..."

5. Itulaa..undang-undang manusia Tun..banyak kekurangannya...

6. Ampunkan dosaku Tuhanku...

By Tan Sri Ali on October 3, 2008 2:37 PM
biasalah tu tun... melayu mudah lupa....

By samuraimelayu on October 3, 2008 2:40 PM
8. I am going to take a memory course. Should I have occasion to be investigated or summoned to face a trial, I would be able to remember the suit I wore any day in my life and where I was when wearing the particular suit on a particular day.






By samuraimelayu on October 3, 2008 2:45 PM
8. I am going to take a memory course. Should I have occasion to be investigated or summoned to face a trial, I would be able to remember the suit I wore any day in my life and where I was when wearing the particular suit on a particular day.







By Ezri on October 3, 2008 2:55 PM
Ah, that might explain how you can remember some details, while forgetting other things.

Wink. And another wink. Winks go with a smile. This is a sarcastic smile, though.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, though. Regardless, hope you had a wonderful time with your family. At the end of the day, nothing matters more.


By edmund chua on October 3, 2008 3:03 PM
Dear Tun,
By the same token a person who had been sodomised must know the exact time of the day that it happened, the colour of the room and the size of the bed. If he fails to remember any of these things, then he must be lying

So we must have a watch with us whenever we were being sodomised.
If Saiful said i was sodomised by anwar at 3.52 pm 16 second. At 3.53pm what happen, 3.54 pm what happen. Aren't this also looks like lying as well. Haha....

What happen if there is no watch/

By namy on October 3, 2008 3:03 PM
Dear Sir,

I am one of the many Malaysian working overseas.

Yesterday one of my colleague brought me over to his village for an Eidul-Fitr dinner. It was quite an eye-opener because I got the chance to meet part, of the whole tribe of his family... all congregating in this village of their origin since thousands of years. Most of them are now professionals and businessmen living in the city.

Upon hearing the word Malaysia, their eyes glowed. All of them said Malaysia is beautiful and wished visit for vacation. One even wanted to study English in KL!

However one of them, a Specialist Doctor in the Royal Military Hospital..said that his country is still learning and trying to emulate Malaysia's success. And he attributed all of this to you. One of the brothers still thinks that you are still in charge.

As human being, you have made errors and blunders. And I know the real story between you and DSAI.

But lifting us the eyes of the world is a priceless contribution! Certainly your Autobiography will make a best-seller..and I guarantee that it will be translated to numerous languages.

Admittedly, I am one of the young people who would like to see change and we are being very open minded..even to vote for the opposition. This is also, an indirect result of your school of thought during your time in 'Think Outside The Box'.... Malaysians are successful internationally because of this.

I bet that if you are still would have acted the same.

Anyway, keep on writing and inspiring. Don't go back into politics. Be Independent. May I suggest that you set up branches of the Perdana Foundation in other countries. Your thoughts and thinking are still, highly sought after by the world.

Thanks Very Much, sir.

Selamat Hari Raya to all Malaysians.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

By samuraimelayu on October 3, 2008 3:05 PM
By wari66 on October 3, 2008 5:20 AM
I can what ah? Aiyo! already forgot....

Heard of Anwar doing sodomy since school,university... continuously...
Anybody bold enough who can confirm?(especially the partners...heh!
please refresh your memory)




By Amar Makruf on October 3, 2008 3:14 PM
If Pak Lah is Leaving, Why is a 'Level Four Boys' Still in Command?

Contributed by cucuwaktelu on Friday, October 03 @ 11:50:40 MYT

It seems now at the juncture of Pak Lah's political demise, the 'Level Four Boys' already got their hands into his successor.

Recently, when Pak Lah announced the mini Cabinet reshuffle, DPM Dato' Seri Najib was given the highly strategic and sensitive but powerful Finance portfolio. However, it seems the job was given with the 'Level Four Boys' tentacles attached to it and with great power to help DPM Najib decide.

Omar Ong, the Managing Director of Ethos and Company, came back instantly when DPM Najib was announced.

He was seen in several meetings involving Ministry of Finance and his capacity as Managing Director of Ethos Consulting is but a mere disguise. Words are he will be appointed as Political Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

Omar Ong was DPM Najib's Special Function Officer when the latter was appointed Deputy Prime Minister four and half years ago, leaving his highly lucrative job as a partner to Dr Liew Boon-Horng. Omar was the strategist in DPM Najib's office.

Then, the most horrid tragedy struck. Dr. Liew died in a freak accident when his BMW was crushed by a fallen concrete slab in Plaza Damas which instanteously brought Omar back into the Ethos and Co chair. Many close to DPM Najib expressed relief when Omar left.

For DPM Najib, it was god-sent. He has since been barraged with negative complains and feedbacks on Omar from his supporters and sympathisers within the corporate world and political grassroot. Omar's manouveour in-cohoot with Khairy documented in Raja Petra's Khairy Chronicle was verifiable by many.

Why the change of heart?

Read further Omar Ong's hand in the destruction of national institutions, and his 'Level Four Boys Link' in the blog Another Brick in the Wall

Omar Mustapha (Managing Principal & Director)

Prior to rejoining the firm (which he co-founded in 2002) in February 2006, Omar served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on economic, corporate sector and foreign policy matters. He brings with him over 12 years experience in the Malaysian corporate and government sectors, has an in-depth understanding of Malaysia’s public policy process, and an extensive network of senior level contacts in both Government and the corporate sector.

Prior to Ethos, Omar was a Senior Associate with McKinsey & Company Inc. based in London and Kuala Lumpur. He has served multinational clients in the telecoms, energy, media, retail, banking and government sectors in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, on issues of corporate strategy, performance management, organisational performance and post merger management. In his consulting career, he has led a number of significant client engagements with key ministries, government agencies, government-linked companies and multinational corporations operating in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Omar is a graduate of Oxford University where he obtained his BA (Hons) and MA degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is an active member of the ISIS Malaysia network, and was formerly the Director General and Board Member of the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) Malaysia Committee and senior staffer to the Chair of the Malaysia APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Natasha Kamaluddin (Principal & Director)

Natasha has more than 10 years experience serving as Consultant to large multinational and Malaysian organizations, in both the public and private sector. She is experienced in performance management, large scale process reengineering and programme management, as well as public policy.

Natasha has deep expertise in Strategy development and identifying / analyzing Strategic Options to meet a particular objective. She has conducted a Strategic Options analysis for a major listed GLC venturing into a new business segment, developed the growth strategy for a MNC, and conducted a Strategy Review for a number of other GLC clients. She has led Strategy Mapping and Key Performance Indicators projects for 6 GLCs.

Prior to joining Ethos, Natasha was a Manager at Accenture in Kuala Lumpur where she served public and private sector clients on large scale Programme Management, Business Process Improvements and ICT systems implementation. She has worked with various public sector clients including the Education Ministry, MARA and ICU.

Natasha graduated with a BA and MA in Economics (1st class) from Cambridge University, UK.

Danny Chee (Principal & Director)

Danny has 9 years experience serving corporate and government clients in Malaysia, Singapore and London. His area of expertise is in strategy development, business planning, transformation management and performance management.

At Ethos, Danny has led engagements for clients from the transportation, utility, plantations, retail, property, education and technology sectors. He has worked along side several GLCs in their implementation of strategy and GLC transformation initiatives, providing them the necessary tools and frameworks. Danny also has deep experience in KPI implementation and has in-depth knowledge of KPI implementation at most of the largest Malaysian GLCs.

Prior to Ethos, Danny served with the regional Financial Risk Management practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank London and Ernst Young London. In these companies he focused on risk management, compliance and capital markets. He has served and led on many client engagements in the banking, utilities, transportation and public sector in London, Singapore and Malaysia.

Danny graduated with a BSc. in Accounting & Finance from Warwick University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

Amar Makruf Nahi Mungkar

By lydiarusli on October 3, 2008 3:28 PM
Assalamualaikum Tok Det...

Smoga dlm keadaan sihat sejahtera dan diberi kesihatan yg paling terbaik oleh Allah S.W.T...

Mula2 sy ingtkan Tok Det hanya mengisi masa lapang pd hari raya yg ke-2...

Tp bila makin sy baca, sy rasa mesti ada 'sesuatu' di blakang cerita...

Apa bendanya, Tok Det...???? Share laa skit dgn kami para bloggers... hehehe

p.s: (1) sedihnya sy mengenangkan 5 Oct nie harapan sy nak ke rumah t'buka Tok Det 50-50... Harap2 sy dpt smpai ke sana n celebrating my raya wit u n family... :)) Harap2 dpt jumpa Tok Det nti..
(2) Tok Det jaga makan tak..?? hehehe :P~

UiTM Alumni
no more pseudonym!

By wayangparty on October 3, 2008 3:37 PM
Dear Malaysian readers,

We are from the Wayangparty club (blog) Singapore (

Due to the sudden demise of our opposition icon and hero, Mr J.B. Jeyaretnam, we have not been blogging about Malaysian current affairs lately. We will publish a series of commentaries on Malaysian politics next week after the funeral of Mr Jeyaretnam this Saturday.

The first in line will be Roundtable discussion on a speech given by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew which was published in The Straits Times Review on 29 September 2008.

In the article titled “The centre must hold“, Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told an international audience comprising 200 diplomats and academics at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London that Singapore was able to have a stable, peaceful society largely because of his policy of treating every race equally.

He next cite the example of Malaysia as having a divided society now because of a race-based education system catering to the needs of individual races instead of a unified system in Singapore where all Singaporeans attend national schools together from the primary to tertiary level irregardless of race and religion.

This is what MM Lee said:

“We also got everybody mixed up in the (housing estates), no longer in enclaves. Every constituency has its quota of the less successful. Everybody has the same chances in education and we choose a neutral language - English.

Malaysia threw out English and went with Malay. The Chinese and the Indians decided to have their own schools. Now they have got a divided society.”

We have invited 3 Singaporeans and a Malaysian to share with us what they think of MM Lee’s remarks.

We hope to seek the opinions from our brothers across the causeway on the following two questions:

1. Do you agree with MM Lee that Malaysia society is divided now as a result of its education system ?

2. What will Malaysians think of MM Lee’s rather sharp critcism of their country ?

This discussion will be published on our blog next Monday on the 6 October 2008.

Please email your opinion, name and blog link to:

By johanni on October 3, 2008 3:37 PM
Ayahanda Tun yang dikasihi serta diingati,

Jasa mu tidak pernah ku lupakan...
Aku bersyukur kerana aku mempunyai seorang wira negara yang telah berjaya menempah nama dipesara dunia....
Aku bersyukur kerana kau telah mertabatkan nama Negara mu kepelusuk dunia tanpa batasan...
Aku bersyukur kerana kau dijadikan Allah sebagai manusia yang di sanjung tinggi tidak kira kaum, bangsa, agama, warna kulit dan sebagainya...
Aku bersyukur kerana kau telah dipilih Allah sebagai seorang hambanya yang berjaya menerajui negara ketahap yang tidak dapat dipertikaikan...
Kau hanya seorang hamba Allah...tahap pemikiran mu ada batasannya...tapi kau adalah hamba yang diredhai Allah....
Kasih dan sayangku kepada mu tidak dapat ku nilaikan hingga keahkir hayat ku...

By rosie tan on October 3, 2008 3:40 PM
Dear Dr Mahathir & family

Wishing u and family Selamat hari Raya Maaf Zahir Dan Batin

By ANWARISFREEMASON on October 3, 2008 3:58 PM
omg i forgot my own name

By ,Melayu merantau on October 3, 2008 4:03 PM
Ayahnda Tun..Salam

Sungguh membanggakan dengan Ayahnda Tun..dalam kesibukan hari raya sempat juga ayahnda menulis.. ("Cucu tak menganggu ker?"). Semua keputusan mahkamah adalah terletak ditangan dan akalfikiran hakim-hakim.Sekiranya fikiran itu begini,maka jawapan ini begitu lah..setiap perbuatan ada tandanya..

Selamat hari raya Ayahnda Tun.

By concern about malaysia on October 3, 2008 4:11 PM

I think you have a great memory.
In so many of your articles, you have written so many histories, about the past politics & etc...
Think you have chosen what you want to remember

By ayien867 on October 3, 2008 4:43 PM
assalammualikum tun,
saya baru berusia 22 tahun,tapi adakalanya saya sering lupa perkara yg baru dipesan ahli keluarga...

Tun,saya tdk mahu menulis tntng memory,tp tntng tun sendiri..
sejak kecil saya ingin sgt bertemu dgn tun.. 22 thn tun menjadi PM tun lah pejuang sejati melayu..

sy amat sayang pada tun kerana kegigihan tun meletakkan malaysia sebaris negara luar...

Tun,memang dah ciptaan Allah,manusia mudah lupa..
jgn lah Tun terlalu risau,kerana Tun antara manusia yg mempunyai daya ingatan yg baik...

Tun,sy sedih bila teringat siaran langsung ketika tun memberitahu ingin meletak jawatan.. Tun,bimbinglah kami berjuang!!! Tun bakarlah semangat anak melayu agar menjadi bangsa bermaruah..

Moga Allah merahmati Tun sekeluarga,amin..

By sham74 on October 3, 2008 4:56 PM
Dear Tun,

I have 4 children and I forgot to put my third child's name in my raya card that i sent to all my about that?

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri...

By HRG on October 3, 2008 5:03 PM
Dearest Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya to you and your family. May Allah bless you with good health. Tun, you must be jesting if your memory is catching up with your age. I have always admire the wonderful way you can recall past events, your writings are equally admire. So Tun, we have a lot to learn from you.

By babacurious on October 3, 2008 5:08 PM
My dear TDM

In reference to the comment by Tom on October 2, 2008 10:54 PM
I am also a simple chinese guy who makes a living through hard work. I am not a member of any political parties and I do not harbor any ill thoughts about how others enrich themselves. And I certainly do not see the relevance in your comment about Tun and his son. In due respect, since you claimed you are a grassroot member of MCA..I would suggest you kindly take a back seat and have a good look around in your own backyard on your comment. Why is there a need for such undesirable feelings? In all honesty, what’s the real rationale thinking behind a person to be a member of any political party..regardless of grassroots level or otherwise. If memory serves me correctly, from what it appears and for some, it is not because for the love of the party BUT only to look for opportunities to enrich oneself. In a simple layman’s language..CARI MAKAN lah. Regrettably, being a hypocrite..I am sure one would live by his denial.

Since it’s Hari Raya Festive, I apologise to Tun for my outspokeness. I am not the least bias of any one nor am I a defender of any political parties or human kind. I reap what I sow and I am a advocate of RESPECT. So, lets live and let live.
Tun, you are doing fine..and thank you for writing and for sharing your thoughts with us.
God Bless. Syabas.

By C-bOk on October 3, 2008 5:22 PM

1. Selamat hari raya;

2. Some people pretend to forget to avoid any legal action takne on them;

3. Current leaders of the country "forget a lot" when dealing with you. They forget that you are the one who put them there;

4. Some time when "we forget all the time" - we are actually "nyanyuk";

5. I will make it a point to remember every single details of what I do/did from now on (some time the wife can be very difficult if we forget certain thing)...

By ark on October 3, 2008 5:43 PM
Tun yang saya kagumi,

A'kum wbt...

Manusia tidak boleh lari daripada sifat pelupa, tetapi tidak sama dengan sengaja buat-buat lupa. Pelupa akan ingat juga beberapa perkara yang bersangkutan dengan peristiwa yang pernah berlaku atau terjadi. Saja-saja buat lupa, tidak akan ingat keseluruhan peristiwa atau kejadian dan akan terus menerus memberi alasan semuanya tidak ingat walaupun ianya masih ingat.

Bezanya kalau tak ingat tarikh perkahwinan tetapi masih ingat dengan siapa kita berkahwin, siapa kadinya, siapa saksinya, dimana dilangsungkan... dll.

Tetapi saja-saja buat lupa, perkara yang asas pun akan dinafikan berlaku.

DSAI secara terang mencari alasan dengan mengaji atau membayar beberapa peguam-peguam yang bersekongkol utk menafikan perkara yang pernah dilakukannya. Mencari helah utk mengalihkan kesalahan yang dilakukannya kepada orang yang telah dianaiya. Pelbagai cara dan lakonannya semakin terdedah kepada keslahan sodomi yang dilakukannya. Anadaikata tuduhan pertama pernah dikatakan Konspirasi dilakukan kepadanya. Keduanya juga Konspirasi dan ketiganya adalah beliau akan berada di belakang TIRAI BESI.

Dah cukup rakyat Malaysia disandiwaranya dengan mempermainkan perundangan Malaysia.

Akhir sekali ALLAH SWT tidak pernah mungkir janji kepada orang yang berdoa, dianaiya oleh manusia durjana seperti DSAI.

"Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri"

Yang menyokong Tun dari dulu, kini dan selamanya.

Ikhlas dari saya,


By masria on October 3, 2008 5:51 PM
that's deep...
i hope it helps those who need help and set them thinking...
anyway slamat hari raya
god bless u =)

By Mohamed Ismail on October 3, 2008 5:56 PM

Ini bukannya hanya sifat Tun, malah sifat semua manusia di dunia ini. Tak perlu kita pergi jauh mengenang sejarah... cukuplah dengan satu sejarah... bagaimana lupanya Nabi Adam dan Hawa akan pesanan Allah SWT hinggakan keluarnya mereka dari syurga.....

Sekian... Selamat hari raya Tun....

May Allah bless you always! Amin!!!

By yadi2001my on October 3, 2008 6:29 PM
kalau orang buat2 lupa macam mana pulak Tun ?

By pencil on October 3, 2008 6:53 PM
Selamat Hari Raya

I'm very glad you have your wit on full blast for that article. Always a joy. Can't comment much, still laughing...

By LKS on October 3, 2008 7:00 PM
Hope we are not those have collective memory........

By Reewa on October 3, 2008 7:17 PM
Salam Tun,

Sempena Bulan yang Mulia ini, marilah kita bermaafan antara satu dengan lain. Hentikanlah bercerita politik, tuduh menuduh dan caci mencaci sesama umat Islam buat seketika.

Ingatlah, kita baru saja menempuhi bulan Ramadan yang penuh keberkatan, mungkin tahun depan kita tidak bertemu dengannya.

Marilah kita sama-sama toleh kebelakang dan cermin diri kita sendiri.

Maaf Zahir dan Batin kepada para pengunjung blog

By sophey on October 3, 2008 7:20 PM
Salam Tun

Kami sekeluarga ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri buat Tun sekeluarga Maaf Zahir dan Batin

By zuhaimi on October 3, 2008 7:23 PM
Dear Tun,

Dont worry to much about memory, at your age you are fantastic that you're still bless with good health, I'm 50 and I too had problems with not just memory, I have seen and met man and woman of younger age than you but older than me,they too had problems some are horrible, the different may be they dont have to go court to tell the court of the past, but if you dont remember just say so (n0 big deal) if it doesnt work your way you can try to recall insyaallah you will remember. Even judges are no different. But more important it is Allah the creator we should always be grateful to him all the time ,it is him that give us everything including memory.I dont think you should take up any courses to enhance your memory. I suggest you read Quran and try to memorise insyaallah that help.I guest that is why on the judgement day (akhirat) all part of our body will be the withness before the Almighty Allah.Wallahualam.

By John S on October 3, 2008 7:24 PM
When the reader mentioned about your proverbial "melayu mudah lupa", I know that they have missed the point. There is nothing to do with melayu mudah lupa. The topic is manusia mudah lupa. hehe.

By aad on October 3, 2008 7:33 PM
What about forgive and forget?

Or carry a camcorder and record all the things you do daily?

Once a year Muslims forgive but seldom forget. The rest of the 364 days, they go about as usual, doing all the wrong things!

By shi on October 3, 2008 8:01 PM

I just would like to take this opportunity to wish Tun and family and not forgetting also all muslim SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI,MAAF ZAHIR BATIN. May our wish and doing be blessed by al- mighty ALLAH S.W.T

By JEBAT-GB on October 3, 2008 8:03 PM
Dear Tun,

Tolong komen tentang KM PP yang nampaknya bersungguh-sungguh menghayati ajaran Islam, sampaikan boleh mengulas falsafah Islam. Sedangkan Mr KS pernah berkata langkah mayat beliau dulu sekiranya sesiapa sahaja nak melaksanakan hukum Islam.

Takut2 la penyokong fanatik pihak PR boleh menerima hujah musang berjanggut..hehe

Please comment for benefit 'malay marhain group' who join yr blog.


By sapbonez on October 3, 2008 8:16 PM
slamat ari raya tun~~
1st time bagi comment
minat sangat blog tun..
penuh info n best...
selamat hari raya n maap zahir batin.

By orangasli on October 3, 2008 8:54 PM
Dear Tun,

I guess you can still remember the 70s and 80s when you and Anwar created the roots of today Malaysia Problems.

Your new economic policy has discriminate against other Malaysia citizen. You have asked Malays to have a big family so that Unmo can have the ultimate control of the politics.

Now the dependency of the UNMO members as revoke! So many waste and the country is still way behind in term of standard of living and our place in the world stage even though the country has much resouces yet we still owe so much debts....

So, I challenge to rid the unjust law that treat other citizens...and have open policy to recruit professional from around the world...and rebuild the country so that it can be respected in teh world....We are part of the commonwealth country yet many other commonwealth country has started to request visa in order for Malaysia to travel..We need to re-gains out respect.

By chekat on October 3, 2008 9:04 PM
I can remember details of our accident of 24years ago at the Bangsar trafic light. It was 230am coming home after celebrating my late father's birthday. Such a quiet and lonely morning, while patiently waiting for the light to turn green (there were no cars in sight, even on both other lanes), suddenly, a drunk driver rammed our car fropm behind.

What I do remember clearly todate, was the advise given to me "do nOt mention in your police report that the said crasher was a drunk driver". When I enquired WHY? The reply was, nanti you pula susah nak dapat CLAIM..

By saviour on October 3, 2008 9:07 PM




By Logen_78 on October 3, 2008 9:14 PM
Huh, then we should upgrade our memory board...:)

By JLSoon on October 3, 2008 9:23 PM
Dear Tun,

Point no. 9 is great!

You just hit the main target among the targets they should be asking and investigating.

It is indeed a great sense of humour on point no.9.

Regards and be in good health.


By zoe on October 3, 2008 9:26 PM
i get ya ;)
cleverly said.
selamat hari raya.

By zoe on October 3, 2008 9:28 PM
i get ya ;)
cleverly said.
selamat hari raya.

By thaiso on October 3, 2008 9:38 PM
Assalamualaikum Tun.

Saya dah lama tinggalkan tentang detail.Bimbang-bimbang saya jadi macam komando.

Kerja lawyer la pulak buktikan tentang detail malumat-maklumat yang kita tak dapat berikan secara detail.Kalau tidak apa hal jadi lawyer?Itula kerja lawyer...mendetailkan ayat-ayat orang.

Terima kasih Tun.

By Malaysian Vote on October 3, 2008 10:05 PM
SELAMAT HARI RAYA buat semua!!

Untuk perkembangan terkini sila singgah sat di:

By God's creation on October 3, 2008 10:09 PM
I do agree that not everyone has a good memory, I am always forgetful, forgetting important dates that I should not forget.

Yet there are things that we do not forget or are easily forgotten, events that can be impeded in our minds; like our childhood memories though it may be vague but yet we retain the major portion of its memory.

I do know that sometimes we have this auto suggestive signal that can help us to recall or forget an incident. I am no Psychoanalysis but this is common with all of us.

I am as I said a very forgetful person but I can remember the scene and the last words spoken by my father at his deathbed. I can vividly remember the incident which took place in 1969 which was the black chapter in the history of our nation.

In western nations there is one way of getting a person to recall their memory and that is through hypnotism but I believe it is not commonly used in the Court of Law.

The thing that comes to mind is how in the west the Police use a Polygraph to ascertain whether a person is lying or not. It seems when someone is lying under polygraph the machine is able to monitor the erratic pattern in breathing, pulse etc. of such person. What I am trying to point out here about memory is that when we are lying our heart is able to verify it.

I hope your article is not used by some smart alec lawyer as a reference to prove in the Court of law that his or her client is unable to recall the event or incident in question.

Good day.

By God's creation on October 3, 2008 10:12 PM
Our memory can be erratic at times that we even forget who our ancestors were? Sorry.

By curut on October 3, 2008 10:14 PM
So I can rely on her and sign the birthday cards she passed on to me. Unfortunately she cannot remember much of what she read when studying medicine. So I used to coach her. Thus we complement each other

Semasa belajar, Bonda Dr Siti Hasmah bukannya tak boleh sangat mengingati apa yang dia baca tentang perubatan, tetapi itulah taktik wanita nak bermanja, mengorat dan nenarik perhatian ayahanda yang ketika itu macho..hahahahahaha

By boz on October 3, 2008 10:24 PM
That is the side effect of general anaesthesia. Adding to that is the age factor. That is why we have to exercise our thinking power everyday so that it will reduce the rate of forgetfulness. But coming back to whatever issue, forgetfulness can be just one of the excuses meant to hide the truth. However, genuine forgetfulness can be accepted. If the problem is that serious, the authority can suggest the use of a lie detector machine. Or the controversial, no privacy DNA testing. Yes. There are a lot of forgetfulness going on and even coming from the top. Simple ways of keeping record. Just jot down important points in a small book. By the way, romance spices up a marriage.

By Auta Karut on October 3, 2008 10:38 PM
Assamualaikum Tun,

By Sukdershan on October 3, 2008 10:56 PM
GOOD article Tun.

By lordapes on October 3, 2008 11:08 PM
dear tun,

there are 2 reasons people forget.
biological reasons. not enough brainpower.
nafsu reasons. not enough iman.

sometimes people forget what sex he/she is.

selamat hari raya. :)

By Yummy mummy on October 3, 2008 11:28 PM
Muah Ha Ha Ha Ha!!
Correct, correct, correct!!
Love it !!

Selamat hari raya to you and your family sir.

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts with your advice to be careful on the roads - I was truly touched. Actually slowed down driving back to KL today...

By madisyak51 on October 3, 2008 11:38 PM
Yang mulia Tun dan isteri,
Selamat hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Saya merupakan salah seorang peminat ruangan YM Tun dan sentiasa mahu mencari peluang turut serta memberi pendapat dan pandangan mengenai perkara-perkara yang Tun bicarakan, tetapi saya selalu kehampaan kerana tidak melepasi tapisan pihak Tun tentunya sehingga tidak dapat disiarkan. Saya akur sahaja.

Tapi bila saya membaca komen-komen dan pandangan orang lain yang disiarkan, saya terfikir pula bahawa tidak munasabah apa yang saya katakan tidak melepasi piawai yang ditetapkan oleh pihak Tun kerana apa yang saya baca adalah perkara-perkara yang entah apa-apa yang dituliskan. kadang-kadang tidak ada suatu fokus yang ditumpukan.
Orang kedah bahasakan sebagai 'merapu' sahaja tapi lulus juga untuk disiarkan.

Ini membuatkan saya kecewa untuk mengambil bahagian. dan saya terfikir bahawa bukan senang untuk menyertai ruangan orang-orang terkenal dan ternama. Ribuan orang yang lain yang menunggu masa untuk menyertai Tun memberi pandangan. Lebih baik saya mengalah sahaja.

Selamat sejahtera kepada YM Tun berdua.

By pakmad on October 3, 2008 11:52 PM
Assalamualaikum Ayahanda TDM dan TSH

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri...
Maaf Zahir Batin..

Berkenaan dengan tajuk memori nie ayahanda, benda yang biasa sangat. Dari dulu lagi alibi memori dipertikaikan di dalam setiap kes di mahkamah. Ayahanda sbgi doktor pun tahu byk faktor yg mendorong kpd kelemahan daya memori manusia. Skrg pun org muda2 cepat lupa.

Saya percaya, jika Tun tiada pengalaman, tiada memori, tiada modal dan sebagainya disuruh memberi penjelasan mengenai sesuatu perkara oleh media, Tun akan bercakap dengan spontannya seolah olah Tun mempunyai pengalaman, memori, modal dan sebagainya berkenaan perkara tersebut. Manusia sentiasa mempercayai keyakinan seseorang yg berucap ttp bukan teks ucapan yg dibacanya. Sbb itu Tun byk bercakap tanpa teks ucapan sbaliknya menggunakan keyakinan.

Tidak semua orang dilahirkan sebagai khalifah atau pemimpin. Tidak semua orang dilahirkan mempunyai ciri2 kepimpinan dan karisma. Bakat Tun adalah kurniaan Tuhan. Ttp selepas apa yg Tun tlah sumbangkan, manusia lupa akan jasa2 Tun. Memori mereka juga bermasalah.

Moga Tun beroleh kesihatan yang kuat dan daya memori yang kental.

Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri sekali lagi
dan jika Tun balik ke Alor Star, khabar2 kan lah..
saya tggl di Jln Datuk Kumbar, Derga...

By razak on October 4, 2008 12:16 AM
Assalammualaikum w.b.t Ayahanda Tun dan Isteri,

Rasa-rasanya kehilangan memori kerana enzim2 DHA, AHA dan lain2 dalam otak dah semakin berkurangan bila umur semakin meningkat. Jadi kena banyak minum susu (tapi susu yang bukan import dari China). Saya pun makin jadi pelupa, kalau nak ingat perkara-perkara penting kena tulis banyak kali, baru senang nak ingat. Tapi tak hairanlah kalau Ayahanda Tun dah makin tak berapa ingat sebab Ayahanda Tun dah tua. Yang penting bagi saya dan rakyat Malaysia adalah sumbangan penulisan Ayahanda Tun dalam blog ini. Wassallam

By ifan9701 on October 4, 2008 12:30 AM
hahaha...i was laughing hard after i read
"i have a problem.i cannot remember the date i was married"
u made my day Tun!didnt realize there are some humors in u!
manusia dijadikan berpasangan untuk saling melengkapi...
Selamat Hari Raya kepada Tun and family!
May God bless you,your family and all Malaysians always!


By Malaysian Future on October 4, 2008 12:33 AM
Hi Tun,

Is there anything going to happen after RAYA?

By anak georgetown on October 4, 2008 12:56 AM
Ayahanda Tun Sekeluarga, assalamualaikum ............

Demi untuk kebaikan semua pihak saya mencadangkan supaya Utusan Malaysia dan Berita Harian memberi ruang kepada Ayahanda Tun untuk memberi komen berkaitan politik dan perkembangan ekonomi negara. Paling kurang sekali seminggu. Bukan semua rakyat Malaysia yang celik IT. Dengan cara ini semakin ramai rakyat Malaysia dapat membaca komen Ayahanda. Sekurang2nya rakyat dapat berfikir dan memberi pertimbangan yang sewajarnya.

Salam Aidilfitri kepada Ayahanda Tun sekeluarga dan bloggers.

By pun9227 on October 4, 2008 12:56 AM
""By the same token a person who had been sodomised must know the exact time of the day that it happened, the colour of the room and the size of the bed. If he fails to remember any of these things, then he must be lying.""

The moral of your story is "Don't get sodomised unless you can remember the details." However, some people got a kick out of being sodomised, by a DPM, at that.

By samuraimelayu on October 4, 2008 1:36 AM



By stilettos on October 4, 2008 1:55 AM
hmmm...saya agak kurang faham dgn entry ini. adakah entry ini ditujukan kepada saiful mangsa liwat itu?

By Ghafar on October 4, 2008 2:05 AM
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada Dr. Mahathir..

Betul la tu ape yang Tun luahkan.. Memori ni melibatkan kelebihan seseorang untuk ingat secara detail.

Kalau macam tu... Pening la Tun..

By desaint on October 4, 2008 2:13 AM
Salam Aidilfitri Tun,

I have been reading your blog for some time and this is the first time I am leaving a comment..
Because I actually Laughed-Out-Loud (its knows as "LOL" for the general cyber people in case you haven't know) at your sarcasm! It's actually good to know that a former premier are actually just like every other people whereby you can also release your dissatisfaction and frustration by using sarcasms. Cool, in a way.

Take care.

By karela on October 4, 2008 3:43 AM
ASSALAM`MUALAIKUM,TDMM. I don`t think that the judge still remember what did they eat or wearing what outfit last ten year orlast month,unless there are something happen when they eat or wearing the outfit,then they can recall back the memory. semoga ALLAH s.w.t. melindungi TDMM Amin...

By Saiful Bukhari Azlan on October 4, 2008 3:44 AM
Assalammualaikum Tun,

As the complainant and soon to be the main witness on the upcoming trial, I’ll try my best to remember the incident and be very consistent.

Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin to you and your family.


Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

By Suara Mamak on October 4, 2008 4:48 AM
in future, humans will have built in digital memory with builtin cameras and voice recorder. So every damn thing we say, we do and we see will be recorded down and downloaded for backup on computers! so no more lying, no more wrongfully judging etc... but no one would want that either! so i tell u this, theres just no perfect system in this world, its a dream!

By on October 4, 2008 5:10 AM
Assalamualaikum Tun,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri kepada Tun sekeluarga.

Ini pertama kali saya memberi pendapat terhadap blog Tun walaupun saya adalah pengikut setia laman Tun ini dan saya juga baru berjinak-jinak sendiri di dan jika Tun berkelapangan lawatlah dan komen Tun akan sangat saya hargai.
Dan tentang memori ni Tun...saya rasa in future oklah kot if semua orang ada blog sendiri dan menulis segala apa yang terjadi secara harian. So kalau blog dah ada 15 atau 20 tahun dulu senang la Tun nak recall segala persoalan di mahkamah.
Sekian sahaja Tun dari saya untuk kali ini. Terima kasih dan selamat sejahtera kepada Tun sekeluarga.

By onenation on October 4, 2008 5:16 AM
Dr. M, are you at it again? Preemptive strike on Anwar?

By on October 4, 2008 7:30 AM
Just read Tun's posting, folks, and enjoy the sentiments written as another piece of his mind. All of us can comment to our heart's content, in the way and using the words we are brought up with. Much as we would like other people to respect our opinion, respect Tun's. That's why we bother to visit this website in the first place. Our little individual opinion isn't going to change the world.
Selamat Hari Raya, Tun. Keep on blogging.

By Nasha Bin Edwin on October 4, 2008 8:54 AM


By kamal ahmad on October 4, 2008 9:30 AM
Salam Ayahanda Tun, maaf saya menyimpang keluar topik sikit. membaca komen AMAR MAKRUF, mengingatkan saya semula kepada saluran politik sempit, sesak dan semak UMNO sejak tahun 2001 dan kebelakangan ini. Para pemain yang sama, penulis skrip sama, plot lebih kurang saja. Dan rating mereka dah jatuh teruk tapi tak sedar-sedar lagi. Agaknya mesti disebabkan duit. Arwah tok saya pesan duit ni memang berhantu. Entahlah Tun, biarlah kekayaan diukur dengan ukuran lain daripada nilai emas dan duit. Yang boleh menyelamatkan UMNO pada detik ini adalah akar umbi. Mereka masih lagi ikhlas dan setia pada nilai sebenar UMNO.

By Pete on October 4, 2008 9:53 AM
Dear Tun,

short but extremely FUNNY!!
I dont even remember what I ate for dinner 2 nights ago,
but I can remember that Malaysia have only 4 prime ministers,
Tunku, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein Onn and the best Tun Dr M.
Not sure if I left anyone one out form the list. I cannot remember!


By Tunku Sofiah Jewa on October 4, 2008 10:00 AM

Beloved Tun,

You are not alone, Tun, in having memory problems.

Yaacob (my husband) is 13 years younger than you, Tun, and his memory is, I think, worse than yours. On one occasion, he gave me a birthday card instead of one denoting our wedding anniversary. On another occasion, he met two adult girls who wished him “assalamualaikum Tok Cob” and kissed his hand and cheek whilst he was shopping with Suffian, one of our two sons, at the KLCC. Except for replying “waalaikumussalam”, he just could not recollect who they were – until Suffian told him that the girls were his cousins i.e. Yaacob’s elder brother’s grand-daughters!

You mentioned, Tun, that you were going to take a memory course. I would persuade Yaacob to do the same.

But the persons, I think, who, more than the two of you, need to seriously consider undergoing such a course would be some of your former Cabinet colleagues.

For 22 years they were your faithful comrade at arms in your struggle to put Malaysia on the world map. They were always defensive of your actions and ever so polite in their demeanour towards you. But now that you are no longer their chief, their true colours are beginning to show. In their public utterances about you, they seem to have thrown to the dogs even some basic expectations of good manners like, for example, being courteous to the elders. Alas, they have forgotten what gratitude is all about.

A memory course for your ex-colleagues would not only improve their memory but, I hope, would also inculcate into their heads some basic precepts of good comportment, including an appreciation of that famous quote:”Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting”.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA to you, Tun and to Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah and the rest of your wonderful family as well.

With much affection,

Tunku Sofiah Jewa

By ken on October 4, 2008 10:26 AM
this might not be related to this post, but i just had an urge to point this out. i read this on thestar today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should not be pressured to quit as Prime Minister despite his flaws, says DAP chairman Karpal Singh.

He said he preferred having Abdullah as the Prime Minister than his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the country would experience another “Mahathir era” under Najib.

“Najib was once Dr Mahathir’s (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s) blue-eyed boy. It is bound to happen.

“Umno should not write off Abdullah as he received the people’s majority.

“It is not fair to pressure him to step down. It is not in our culture to pressure anyone into submission,” he said yesterday.

Karpal Singh denied he wanted Abdullah to remain in power instead of Najib to make it easier for the Opposition to make their move, saying, “our chances are not slimmer under Najib.”

i'm not so concerned with the issue of forcing people to quit, i'm more concerned with him saying that "Umno should not write off Abdullah as he received the people's majority"... the people's majority. and yet they are trying to topple the government with defecting MPs. this just doesn't smell right.

By Dato Azumu on October 4, 2008 11:49 AM
Tun This is Azumu from Ipoh
I wish to wish you SELAMAT HARI RAYA Maaf zahir batin
Nampaknya Timbalan Presiden UMNO menjadi rebutan sekarang ini Sebagai anak Perak seharusnya saya menyokong Zahid Hamidi tetapi saya rasa beliau belum layak. No ministerial experiance, so I hope Tun should advice everybody to support Muhyiddin Yasin.
As regards to your membership of UMNO I suggest you do it after March next year
Saya ucapkan selamat berbahagia dan sihat walafiat kepada Tun dan Tun Siti

By devastator on October 4, 2008 11:56 AM
Salam Tun,

Hahahaha i believe that lawyers and judges around the world can do that! hehehe Salam Lebaran TUN. And to Saiful Bukhari i read your comment. All i want to say is The Truth will Prevail.

By Hajar on October 4, 2008 11:59 AM
Dearest Tun,

Well said!

1. I believe Tun has much better memory compared to most people here even though Tun is much older. Furthermore, we are human beings, not robot, and it is impossible for us to remember every detail of events happening 10, 15, 20 years ago…

2. Majority of women are good in remembering events related to emotion, while men are good in logic thinking. It has got something to do with our left brain and right brain – which one is more dominant in ones brain…but of course there are exceptions. There are also women who are good in logic thinking, and can’t remember birth dates, and etc. Some people are good in both areas.

3. And it is also so ridiculous to expect a former PM to remember details of every event that happened throughout his 22 years of premiership. May be the lawyers should first test their own memory before asking people all kinds of ridiculous questions.

May Allah SWT bless Tun and family.

By overview on October 4, 2008 12:05 PM
assalammualaikum Tun,,
Saya seorang perempuan..saya ingat semua tarikh2 penting seperti hari jadi kesemua 18 orang ahli keluarga saya termasuk suami dan anak2 saya...saya juga ingat bila nak buat kenduri arwah nenek..semalam saya pergi ke kubur arwah nenek saya.. pada awalnya saya memberi salam dan mula membaca yaasin seperti biasa..tapi semakin lama hati saya semakin sedih..bacaan saya semakin bercampur dengan tangisan..saya teringat setiap raya yang adanya arwah nenek. Saya ingat apa yang kami buat setiap pagi raya semuanya terkenang kembali bagai wayang gambar di ingatan saya..dan air mata saya semakin laju bila mengingatkan detik mula arwah sakit sehingga kembalinya kerahmatullah..saya memang mempunyai ingatan yang tajam tapi saya juga selalu cuai dan selalu tercicir barang..Kita cuma manusia..tetapi sesuatu yang berkesan di hati akan terus menjadi ingatan..seperti hari2 kegemilangan Malaysia dibawah pemerintahan Tun..Kalau hari2 Pak Lah ni sayapun belum tahu yang mana satu nak terus diingati..Thanks For You N wish u Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Dan Batin

By zaman on October 4, 2008 2:17 PM
Salam sejahtera untuk Tun dan keluarga.

Mohon Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

Tun kadang kadang saya pun terlupa juga. Tarikh lahir anak kadang kadang ingat kadang lupa.Ulang tahun perkahwinan ingat lah.Tak ingat pulak nanti isteri kata lupa kan dia pulak.he he he.

Tapi kan Tun asalkan kita jangan lupa daratan sudah lah.Kadang kadang orang dah ada kedudukan ni dia selalu lupa daratan. Betul lah apa yang Tun kata dahulu Melayu mudah lupa.Bukan nya lama sangat Tun letak jawatan orang dah lupa.ini sebenarnya bukan lupa Tun tapi buat buat lupa.Sebaba apa dah beri ingat pun lupa jugak.






By sitinur on October 4, 2008 2:45 PM
asalamualaikum bapak...
heeeeee...ceq nih mmg sejak azali lemah ingatan...kekadang tuh..
blankkkkkkkkkkkk terus tapi kejap jer.....kekadang ingat mende nak ckp..mulut lak takleh sebut...hehehheheeeee.....penyakit2.....
aper2 pun ceq percaya Allah sentiasa melindungi bapak n kuarga dari
bencana buatan orang2an,orang n manusia....amin...

By Sabad007 on October 4, 2008 3:11 PM


TAPI SAYA BIASA MENITISKAN AIR MATA BILA MENONTON SIARAN RTM, TUN BERUCAP DI PERSIDANGAN PBB.. RAKAMAN UCAPAN TU SAYA SIMPAN DLM BENTUK KASET (tau mcm mana nak tengok rakaman tu lagi.. video cassette player susah nak cari di pasaran).





p.s Dah banyak tahun hasrat saya dan keluarga ingin berziarah raya ke rumah Tun.. nak bergambar kenangan bersama Tun Dr. M dan Tun Dr. Siti, pemimpin kebanggaan kami.. Tolong umum dlm blog ini kalau Tun ke Kota Kinabalu. Saya nak bawa anak2 jumpa Tun

By M. Fauzi on October 4, 2008 3:20 PM
Salam alaikum Tun and bloggers.

We all have problem with memory, I can not remember when I started relying on "Computer Memory" to aid me.

9. By the same token a person who had been sodomised must know the exact time of the day that it happened, the colour of the room and the size of the bed. If he fails to remember any of these things, then he must be lying.

My Remark is:
The question is not whether he is lying, but if his story is worthy of consideration for prosecution. If the evidence can not materialise as happened; then it should not be used as evidence, as such would have potential of being false evidence.

But truth is, my understanding in Law is far too undeveloped to make anything of the such more than just an illustrative logical understanding (something like common sense). I put my faith in the court of justice in Malaysia as I have no choice; and hope that truth and correctness will prevail.

By Harimau1900 on October 4, 2008 3:51 PM
Dear YAB Tun Dr.M,
How are you sir? Hope everything is well there and I'm sure you and Tun Dr.Siti Hasmah have enjoyed the Hari Raya with your childern and grand childre and other family members...

To emville,
Your comment...Apa apa pun, tak pernah terjadi dlm sejarah Malaysia, open house org kenamaan dicemari dgn rusuhan. Yes, I'm talking about Hindraf making sort of trouble at Pak Lah's open house at PWTC. Itu lah harganya klu semua nak diberi muka. Semua atas alasan demokrasi. Sampai nak berdemonstrasi pun dah tak kena tempat"

I'm not sure if you are a married man or woman....if you are a married person and you have small children then you know the feeling the pain of the children and parents being seperated under the so call this "ISA"... These people have this pain and that is why they went peacefully to the PM open house to plea for the release of their loved ones....Base on your comment above, I'm sure you a true believer in GOD....i don't have to judge you for above comment...Let GOD decides your faith on your comment.

Rgds/Harimau 1900

By muarif on October 4, 2008 4:07 PM

Desas desus mengatakan DSAAB akan meletak jawatan pada MAYFEST ini. Kalau ini benar, ia adalah suatu rahmat dan hadiah Aidil Fitri untuk umat MELAYU dan negara Malaysia amnya.

Saya amat amat berharap agar TUN dapat memegang jawatan PRESIDEN UMNO lantas mempunyai hak untuk melantik Perdana Menteri Malaysia mengikut potensi atau TUN sendiri jika tidak keberatan.

Banyak perkara wajib diperbetulkan dan diperbaiki. Saya tidak nampak mana mana calon yang sesuai untuk jawatan PRESIDEN UMNO selain TUN buat masa sekarang ini.


Wassalam TUN

By Nasha Bin Edwin on October 4, 2008 4:12 PM

By ariffinsuhaidi on October 4, 2008 4:57 PM
Salam Aidilfitri Tun,

Makin hari, makin ramai, makin rindukan Tun.

By Syed Akbar Ali on October 4, 2008 5:33 PM
Dear Tun,

My lawyer friends tell me that in sexual offenses (rape, sodomy etc) the victims may not always remember the exact time and place they were raped. This is especially the case where the victims are very young or were too traumatised to recall the event in all its detail.

For example the 'sumbang mahram' cases where a father or brother has been sexually molesting the victim over a period of months or years can fall into this category. The victim can hardly recall the exact time they were raped other than saying 'last month', 'last year before bulan puasa' or things like that.

In cases where the victims were raped outside (in rubber estates, lonely roads, in the park, in abandoned buildings etc) the victims may not even recall the exact place. Girls who have been drugged and then raped somewhere may not recall where they were taken.

However for a long time, the Courts did not consider the absence of the 'exact time' of the sexual offense as fatal to the prosecution of such cases. The lawyers will confirm that we have had many succesful prosecutions of sexual offenses in Malaysia even when the victim could not recall the exact time or exact location where the offenses happened.

But now this situation has changed after that 'particular' verdict was overturned in the case involving you know who. One of the reasons stated by the Court in dismissing that particular case was the absence of the exact time the offense was alleged to have been committed. I believe this is also the gist of your comments here.

I believe that since this ruling by the Court, some other rape cases also got dismissed based on the same argument. I recall that a lawyer (who is now an MP and son of another lawyer and MP) did use this angle and quoted the Court ruling in that 'particular' case as legal precedent to support his defense. He argued that there was no evidence available as to the exact time his client had committed the sexual offense.

This places greater pressure on the Police and the Prosecution in preparing evidence and prosecution of such cases. But as a layman I also feel that it has made things a tad easier for sexual offenders to get off the hook. It becomes that much more difficult to convict such cases in the absence of the 'exact time'.

Mahathir bin Mohamad
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Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr.
Mahathir bin Mohamad


4th Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
16 July 1981 – 31 October 2003
Monarch Sultan Ahmad Shah (1979 - 1984)
Sultan Iskandar Al-haj (1984 - 1989)
Sultan Azlan Shah (1989 - 1994)
Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman (1994 - 1999)
Tuanku Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (1999 - 2001)
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (2001 - 2006)
Deputy Musa Hitam (1981 - 1986)
Ghafar Baba (1986 - 1993)
Anwar Ibrahim (1993 - 1998)
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (1998 - 2003)
Preceded by Tun Hussein bin Dato' Onn
Succeeded by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi


4th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
15 September 1978 – 16 July 1981
Preceded by Tun Hussein bin Dato' Onn
Succeeded by Tun Musa Hitam


20th Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office
25 February 2003 – 31 October 2003
Preceded by Thabo Mbeki
Succeeded by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi


Born 20 December 1925 (1925-12-20) (age 82)
Alor Star, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaya
Political party None (formerly Barisan Nasional, UMNO)[1]
Spouse Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah
Profession Doctor of Medicine
Religion Islam
Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (IPA: [ma'ħɑ.ðiɽ bin mʊħɑmmæd̚]) (recorded as born on 20 December 1925) was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia.[2] During his term in office, he was credited for engineering Malaysia's rapid modernization[3] and promoting non-individualistic "Asian values".[4] Mahathir is also known for his criticisms of western and developed countries.[5]

During his administration, he was considered as one of Asia's most influential leaders.[6] Mahathir is also noted in the Western world as an outspoken critic of Western civilization.[7]

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
1.1 Personal
1.2 Political career
2 Prime Minister
2.1 Major constitutional changes
2.2 Economic policies
2.3 1997 Asian financial crisis
2.4 Sacking of Anwar Ibrahim
2.5 Educational system
2.6 Foreign relations
2.6.1 United States
2.6.2 Australia
2.6.3 Middle East
2.6.4 Singapore
2.6.5 People's Republic of China
2.6.6 Bosnia-Herzegovina
2.6.7 Russian Federation
2.6.8 Developing world
3 Retirement
3.1 Criticism of his successor
3.2 Weblog
4 Resignation from UMNO
5 Other controversies
6 Health
7 Legacy
8 Books
9 Notes and references
9.1 Other references
10 External links
10.1 Home pages
10.2 Others

[edit] Early life

[edit] Personal
Mahathir was born on 10 July 1925, in Alor Star, the capital of the northern state of Kedah.[8]

During World War II, he sold pisang goreng (banana fritters) and other snacks to supplement his family income during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Mahathir attended a Malay vernacular school before continuing his education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Star. Mahathir then attended the King Edward VII Medical College in Singapore, where he edited a medical student magazine called The Cauldron; he also contributed to the The Straits Times newspaper anonymously under the nickname "Che Det". Mahathir was also President of the Muslim Society in the college.[9] Upon graduation in 1953, Mahathir joined the then Malayan government service as a medical officer. He married Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali—a fellow doctor and former classmate in college—on 5 August 1956, and left government service in 1957 to set up his own private practice in Alor Star. Mahathir thrived in private practice, and allowed him to own by 1959 a Pontiac Catalina and employ an ethnic Chinese chauffeur (at the time, almost all chauffeurs in Malaysia were Malays, owing to the economic dominance of the ethnic Chinese).[10] Some critics have suggested this foreshadowed a later hallmark of Mahathir's politics, which focused on the "cultivation of such emblems of power".[11]

From his marriage with Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali, they have five children,[12] three sons and two daughters.[13] Both Mukhriz and Mokhzani Mahathir[14] are involved in business as well as in politics while their eldest daughter Marina Mahathir is a prominent local writer and AIDS activist.[15]

He successfully underwent a heart bypass operation in 1989 at age 63.[13]

[edit] Political career
In the third general election of 1964, Mahathir was elected Member of Parliament for Kota Setar Selatan[16] defeating the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party's (PAS) candidate with a 60.2% majority. He lost the seat in the following general election in 1969 by a mere 989 votes to PAS's candidate, Haji Yusoff Rawa[17].

Following the race riots of 13 May 1969, Mahathir was sacked from the UMNO Supreme Council on 12 July, following his widespread distribution to the public of his letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister at that time. In his letter, he had criticised the manner in which Tunku Abdul Rahman had handled the country's administration which was believed to favour the ethnic Chinese. Mahathir was subsequently relieved of his party membership on 26 September.[17]

While in the political wilderness, Mahathir wrote his book, "The Malay Dilemma"[17] in which he sought to explain the causes of the 13 May Incident in Kuala Lumpur and the reasons for the Malays' lack of economic progress within their own country. He then proposed a politico-economic solution in the form of "constructive protection", worked out after careful consideration of the effects of heredity and environmental factors on the Malay race. The book, published in 1970, was promptly banned by the Tunku Abdul Rahman government.[17] However, some of the proposals in this book had been used by Tun Abdul Razak, Tunku Abdul Rahman's successor, in his "New Economic Policy" (NEP) that was principally geared towards affirmative action economic programs to address the nation's economic disparity between the Malays and the non-Malays. The ban on his book was eventually lifted after Mahathir became Prime Minister in 1981.[17]

Mahathir rejoined UMNO on 7 March 1972, and was appointed as Senator in 1973. He relinquished the senatorship post in 1974 in order to contest in the general elections where he was returned unopposed in the constituency of Kubang Pasu, and was appointed as the Minister of Education.[17] In 1975, he became one of the three vice-presidents of UMNO, after winning the seat by 47 votes. Tun Hussein Onn appointed Mahathir as Deputy Prime Minister on 15 September 1978, and in a Cabinet reshuffle, appointed him concurrently as the Minister of Trade and Industry.

Mahathir has announced that he has resigned from UMNO, the backbone of the ruling party, the Barisan National on 19 May 2008 which coincides with the Wesak Day celebration.

[edit] Prime Minister
Mahathir became the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 July 1981 when Tun Hussein Onn stepped down due to health reasons. He was the nation's first Prime Minister that came from a modest social background, whereas the first three prime ministers were members of the royal or elite families.[13]

After 22 years in office, Mahathir retired on 31 October 2003, making him one of Asia's longest-serving political leaders. Upon his retirement on 31 October 2003, Mahathir was awarded a "Tun"-ship, Malaysia's highest civilian honour.

[edit] Major constitutional changes
In 1983 and 1991, he took on the federal and state monarchies, removing the royal veto and royal immunity from prosecution.[11] Prior to this amendment of the law, royal assent was required in order for any bill to pass into law. With effect of this amendment, approval by parliament could be legally considered as royal assent after a period of 30 days, notwithstanding the views of the monarchs. However, this only applied to secular laws and the various sultans continued to enjoy the right to make Islamic law in their own jurisdictions.

In 1988 when the future of the ruling party UMNO was about to be decided in the Supreme Court (it had just been deregistered as an illegal society in the High Court), he was believed to have engineered the dismissal of the Lord President of the Supreme Court, Salleh Abas, and three other supreme court justices who tried to block the misconduct hearings. The series of incidents in 1988 has been widely viewed as the end of the Malaysian judiciary's independence from the executive.

[edit] Economic policies
During his term in office, Mahathir turned Malaysia into a regional high-tech manufacturing, financial, and telecommunications hub through his economic policies based on corporate nationalism, known as the various "Malaysia Plans" which set out the government middle-term objectives. These policies with strong Keynesian tendency remained in effect almost to the end of his tenure in office.[citation needed]

His pet projects have included Perwaja Steel, an attempt to emulate South Korea and Japan, the Proton car company, and Astro, a satellite television service.[citation needed]

Mahathir is credited with spearheading the phenomenal growth of the Malaysian economy, now one of the largest in South East Asia. Growth between 1988 and 1997 averaged over ten percent and living standards rose twentyfold, with poverty relatively almost eradicated and social indicators such as literacy levels and infant mortality rates becoming almost on par with developed countries.[citation needed]

During this period, Mahathir embarked on various large scale national projects, such as the North-South Expressway, Multimedia Super Corridor, the planned capital city of Putrajaya, Johor's Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Kuala Lumpur International Airport , the Bakun Dam in Sarawak, and the Petronas Towers.

While such projects have their benefits, corresponding high costs have made some Malaysians reluctant to engage in more of such ventures, believing that the money can be better spent on other areas of development.[18] On the other hand, Mahathir has always argued that such projects yield a direct return to the economy, apart from just serving the national pride, as government spendings in turn create jobs along with other multiplier effects. Mahathir has also been criticised for the failures and inefficiency of some of his pet projects. Perwaja Steel eventually failed and had to be rescued by a corporate white knight. Its chairman, Eric Chia, faced charges of corruption in 2004. Proton eventually had to be bought by Petronas when its parent DRB-HICOM found itself over-extended, and is still currently fighting to become profitable. Astro enjoyed a monopoly on pay television services in Malaysia until 2005 when it ended with the granting of a licence to a rival MiTV

The Bakun Dam project was to be managed by a local construction firm, Ekran Berhad. It issued a 1-for-1 on time rights issue which was 63% undersubscribed (the first time in Malaysia for an event of this magnitude). Ekran's chairman, Ting Pek King, had to purchase all unsubscribed shares at a cost of $500 million ringgit due to his agreement with the underwriters. Subsequently the dam project was taken back by the government which was obliged to pay Ekran for the work already completed.[citation needed]

[edit] 1997 Asian financial crisis
During the Asian financial crisis of 1997, IMF had prescribed a recovery package for Malaysia, but Mahathir defied international pressure, his then Deputy Anwar Ibrahim, and conventional wisdom, in rejecting the package. Though economic prosperity has been mixed since then, Mahathir argued that Malaysia's recovery was relatively faster and better, as compared to many other Asian countries affected. After the financial crisis, the IMF and World Bank acknowledged that Mahathir's approach had worked.[19]

During Mahathir's administration, there are a few speculation activities made by the administration which caused losses for Malaysia. Between 1981 and 1982, Malaysian businesses became involved in the international tin venture. The activity caused the price of the commodity to skyrocket, resulting in the collapse of the export market for tin. This venture cost Malaysia USD 80 million or MYR 209 million in losses.[20]

In 1990, Bank Negara Malaysia became involved in the Pound Sterling speculation. The speculation activity failed and costs the central bank USD 4 billion.[21] In 1994, the bank continued to pursue the speculation activity and further lost USD 2.2 billion. Finally, in 1994, the central bank technically become insolvent and was bailed out by the Ministry of Finance.[22][23]

[edit] Sacking of Anwar Ibrahim
In 1998, the government brought charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of power charges against the former finance minister and deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar claimed that he was being set up because he had tried to turn corruption and nepotism into major political issues, with Mahathir and his associates as the targets. Mahathir's supporters believe that it was Anwar's attempt to replace Mahathir as the Prime Minister, upon seeing the downfall of Indonesia's Suharto, that has led him to be removed from politics altogether.

The government included the statements of the purported victims of Anwar's sexual assaults, evidence that was alleged by some to be tainted.[24][25] Furthermore, the prosecution was unable to accurately decide on a date that the alleged acts of anal sex had occurred - the government originally alleged that a sodomy had occurred inside a building that had not been constructed at the time of the alleged event. When the anomaly was pointed out, the prosecution amended the date of the alleged acts to a date after the building was built. Mahathir himself went as far as to go on television to declare Anwar guilty of sodomy and homosexual acts, even as the trial still was underway. There was widespread condemnation of the trial from human rights groups and the Malaysia bar association, who expressed serious doubts about its fairness. Mahathir then ordered a crackdown on the media and opposition parties who protested the trial. Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to six years in prison for corruption and nine years prison for sodomy, to be served consecutively.[26][27]

The Anwar crisis sparked protests by some Malaysians, of all ethnic groups, and some of Anwar's supporters from UMNO regrouped around the intellectual-Muslim "Parti Keadilan Nasional" (National Justice Party). It garnered widespread support from Malaysians, however it managed to win only five parliamentary seats in the 1999 elections.[28] In the subsequent 2004 elections, with Anwar's release and conviction overturned, the party was nearly wiped out, with Wan Azizah, the wife of Anwar, winning one seat by a narrow margin.

However, the 2008 elections showed a comeback from the opposition parties with Keadilan winning the Selangor state.

[edit] Educational system
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Further information: Education in Malaysia
In 1974, Mahathir was appointed Minister of Education.[29][30] He had always believed in the need for "education for the masses", with greater emphasis on maths and science, at high school level, in order to achieve his dream of a developed Malaysia. He continued to strongly promote his agenda of quantity-and-quality higher education during his term as prime minister.[citation needed]

In those days, English, Chinese and Tamil-medium schools were fully run by private and missionary organizations. Students from these school sat for the respective overseas examinations set by the board of school committees and associations. For instance, Overseas Cambridge School Certificate (OSC) was set for English schools.[citation needed] Under the former Prime Minister's order, he drafted the KBSM syllabus in order to make Malay a compulsory subject to be taught in all subjects in these schools. Overseas examinations were subsequently abolished one after another throughout the years. Schools which converted to the national type received heavy fundings from the government. Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Rendah Pelajaran (SRP) were fully introduced as national examinations.[citation needed]

In order to cater for the lower income indigenous population, boarding schools were promoted and constructed. Through government scholarships, tens of thousands of students were sent yearly to universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia—western-type countries that Mahathir aspired to achieve par development with. Middle- and higher-income groups from non-Bumiputera Malaysians who were unable to get a place in the local universities, due to the restrictive quota system and limited government scholarships, also independently sent their children to these universities. This has led Malaysia to have the third largest number of students going to western-type countries to pursue higher education, after China and India.[citation needed]

In 1980, education quota was introduced as part of the National Economic Policy.[31] Mahathir who became the acting prime minister, introduced the quota system to all economic sectors in Malaysia including the education system, whereby a designated percentage of undergraduate seats of higher institutions were reserved for Bumiputra (natives) citizens.

Towards his later years, Mahathir promoted the liberalization of university start-ups, leading to branch campuses being built or the formation of permanent tie-ups with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Amongst others, these led to the construction of the University of Nottingham in Malaysia (in partnership with the University of Nottingham, U.K.), Malaysia University of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T.), in partnership with M.I.T. (U.S.) and Motorola) , Monash University Malaysia (in partnership with Monash University, Australia) and Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus (in partnership with Curtin University of Technology, Australia)

Private companies with a long running history in Malaysia like Intel and AMD were also encouraged to set up, and run partnerships and/or higher education centres and centres of excellence.

In the year before his retirement, he announced that Mathematics and Science subjects must be taught in English in all primary and secondary schools with aim to increase competitiveness of Malaysian students.[32]

[edit] Foreign relations
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During Mahathir's tenure in office, Malaysia's relationship with the West was generally fine despite being known to be an outspoken critic towards them.[5] Early during his tenure, a small disagreement with the United Kingdom over university tuition fees sparked off a boycott of all British goods led by Mahathir, in what became known as the "Buy British Last" campaign. It also led to a search for development models in Asia, most notably Japan. This was the beginning of his famous "Look East Policy". Although the dispute was later resolved by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mahathir continued to emphasize Asian development models over contemporary Western ones.

[edit] United States
Mahathir has always been an outspoken critic of the United States[7] and yet the United States was the biggest source of foreign investment, and was Malaysia's biggest customer during Mahathir's rule. Furthermore, Malaysian military officers continued to train in the US under the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program.

Some say that relations with the United States took a turn for the worse in 1998,[33] when US Vice President Al Gore stated at the APEC conference hosted by Malaysia:

"Democracy confers a stamp of legitimacy that reforms must have in order to be effective. And so, among nations suffering economic crises, we continue to hear calls for democracy, calls for reform, in many languages - People Power, doi moi, reformasi. We hear them today - right here, right now - among the brave people of Malaysia."
Al Gore left immediately after making that statement, probably as a form of protest.[citation needed]

Al Gore and the United States were critical of the trial of Mahathir's former deputy Anwar Ibrahim, going as far to label it as a "show trial". The trial itself was a tawdry spectacle. The government included the statements of the purported "victims" of Anwar's sodomy attacks, evidence that was widely considered to be tainted. Furthermore, the prosecution was unable to accurately decide on a date that the alleged acts of anal sex had occurred - the government originally alleged that a sodomy had occurred inside a building that had not been constructed at the time of the alleged event. Mahathir himself went as far as to go on television to declare Anwar guilty of sodomy and homosexual acts, even as the trial still was underway. In response to widespread condemnation of the trail from human rights groups and the Malaysia bar association, he ordered a crackdown on the media and opposition parties who protested the trial. Many of the "reformasi" supporters who were against Mahathir at that time were arrested by the FRU and Special Branch and were detained without trial under the ISA. Some of them were opposition supporters, and some of them were former academics.

Also, Anwar Ibrahim was the preeminent Malaysian spokesperson for the economic policies preferred by the IMF, which included interest rate hikes, among others. An article in Malaysia Today commented that "Gore's comments constituted a none-too-subtle attack on Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and more generally on governments, including Japan, that resist US demands for further market reforms."[34] Gore's endorsement for the reformasi (reformation) asking for (among other things) the ouster of Mahathir, was anathema to Mahathir, and he remarked that "I've never seen anybody so rude". This also summed up the Malaysian expectation that one who is a guest should not show such discourtesy to the host.[35]

Mahathir greeting U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.However, Mahathir's views were already firmly entrenched before this event. For example, before the ASEAN meeting in 1997, he made a speech condemning the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, calling it an oppressive instrument by which the United States and other countries try to impose their values on Asians. He went on to share his view that Asians need stability and economic growth more than civil liberties. These remarks did not endear him to U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was a guest at the meeting.

The relationship was stormy both ways. Following Anwar Ibrahim's sacking and subsequent imprisonment, Madeleine Albright paid a visit to Anwar's wife.

Yet Mahathir has not hesitated to point to America for justification of his own actions. In speaking of arbitrary detention without trial of prisoners of conscience in Malaysia, he said: "Events in the United States have shown that there are instances where certain special powers need to be used in order to protect the public for the general good."

At the other end of the spectrum, the United States government has previously criticised the Malaysian government for implementing the ISA, most recently in 2001 when President George W. Bush said "The Internal Security Act is a draconian law. No country should any longer have laws that allow for detention without trial." In 2004, however, Bush reversed his stance and claimed "We cannot simply classify Malaysia’s Internal Security Act as a draconian law."

In 2003 Mahathir spoke to the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuala Lumpur, and as part of his speech, said:

"If innocent people who died in the attack on Afghanistan and those who have been dying from lack of food and medical care in Iraq are considered collaterals, are the 3,000 who died in New York, and the 200 in Bali also just collaterals whose deaths are necessary for operations to succeed?"[clarify]

Marie Huhtala, the American ambassador to Malaysia responded with a statement:

"These are not helpful statements by any standard, and I'm here to tell you that Washington does take note of them. They are bound to have a harmful effect on the relationship."

More recently, the 2003 Invasion of Iraq caused additional friction between the two countries; Mahathir was highly critical of President Bush for acting without a United Nations mandate.

In spite of all this, Malaysia's relationship with the US has been strong. A 2003 house subcommittee hearing (Serial No. 108–21) on US policy towards South East Asia sums it up as "Despite sometimes blunt and intemperate public remarks by Prime Minister Mahathir, U.S.-Malaysian cooperation has a solid record in areas as diverse as education, trade, military relations, and counter-terrorism".

Even after retirement, Mahathir was not hesitant about his criticisms of the United States. In 2004, (The Star, 18 October 2004), he was quoted as having said "The American people are, by and large, very ignorant and know nothing about the rest of the world.... Yet they are the people who will decide who will be the most powerful man in the world". In the same interview, he also predicted George W. Bush's victory in the 2004 United States Presidential Election, in which he was later proven correct. In another October 2006 interview with Associated Press, he predicted that the Republicians will retain both chambers in the 2006 mid-term elections because "American voters are not astute and will be fooled by President George W. Bush's propaganda." This prediction was proven faulty.

[edit] Australia
Mahathir's relationship with Australia (the closest country in the Anglosphere to Malaysia, and the one whose foreign policy is most concentrated on the region), and his relationship with Australia's political leaders, has been particularly rocky. Mahathir regularly took offense at portrayals of Malaysia in the Australian media (which criticized Mahathir's belligerence and outspokeness), calling on the government to intervene in this (an action that would be politically unthinkable in Australia). Relationships between Mahathir and Australia's leaders reached a low point in 1993 when Paul Keating described Mahathir as "recalcitrant" for not attending the APEC summit. (It is thought that Keating's description was a linguistic gaffe, and that what he had in mind was "intransigent".)[36]

Mahathir, along with other Malaysian politicians (and many other Asian leaders) also heavily criticized Keating's successor, John Howard, whom he believed had encouraged Pauline Hanson, whose views were widely perceived in Asia[citation needed] (and Australia[37]) as racist. Australian politicians then pointed out Mahathir's farcical trial of Anwar Ibrahim, saying that the prosecution was using homophobic overtones.[citation needed]

Mahathir has valued the right of a nation to do whatever it wants within its borders, which he calls "sovereignty". This was articulated in the ASEAN policy of non-interference. In 2000, Mahathir was quoted as saying: "If Australia wants to be a friend to Asia, it should stop behaving as if it is there to teach us how to run our country. It is a small nation in terms of numbers and it should behave like a small nation and not be a teacher." He also said, "This country stands out like a sore thumb trying to impose its European values in Asia as if it is the good old days when people can shoot aborigines without caring about human rights".[citation needed]

Mahathir also made remarks to the effect that John Howard was trying to be America's 'Deputy Sheriff' in the Pacific region. This was in response to John Howard's statement that they would pursue terrorists over the borders of their neighbours.

His perception of Howard has not softened after retirement. In an interview, he stated: "They (accepted) Blair, and I am sure they will accept Bush. They have already accepted Howard who told a blatant lie", a reference to the "Children overboard" scandal during the run-up to the 2001 Australian elections.

Despite this supposed non-interference policy, Malaysia during Mahathir's premiership had been constantly criticising Singapore, but would take the slightest unfavourable comment coming from Singapore as an attempt to interfere in the domestic affairs of Malaysia.[citation needed]

[edit] Middle East
Under Mahathir, Malaysia was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, and established diplomatic relations with the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Israeli citizens remain banned from entering Malaysia and Malaysian citizens from Israel without special government permission.) In 1986, a major diplomatic row erupted with neighbouring Singapore when Chaim Herzog, the President of Israel, paid a state visit.

Mahathir's public remarks about Jews date back as early as 1970 when he wrote in his controversial book The Malay Dilemma: "The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively."[38][39]

In 1997, during the financial crisis, he attributed the collapse of the Malaysian ringgit to a conspiracy of Jews against a prosperous Muslim state: "The Jews robbed the Palestinians of everything, but in Malaysia they could not do so, hence they do this, depress the ringgit." Under strong international criticism, he issued a partial retraction, but not in Malay language media sources.[40]

On 16 October 2003, shortly before he stepped down as prime minister, Mahathir said during a summit for the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Putrajaya, that:

“ We [Muslims] are actually very strong, 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Nazis killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million [during the Holocaust]. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them. They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries. And they, this tiny community, have become a world power.[41] ”

He also named Israel as "the enemy allied with most powerful nations." Israel strongly criticized the remarks. The speech was also condemned by most nations from the West. Speaking on behalf of the European Union, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that Dr Mahathir had employed "expressions that were gravely offensive, very strongly anti-Semitic and... strongly counter to principles of tolerance, dialogue and understanding'." At the same time, Mahathir's speech was defended by several Muslim leaders and politicians, including Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Maher and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.[39][42] United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Bush considered the comments "reprehensible and hateful."[43] The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned Mahathir's remarks as "extremely offensive, anti-Semitic comments."[39] The Malaysian prime minister's comments were also condemned by Jewish organizations and the government of Israel.

His comments were widely criticized in the West, but the issue was ignored in Asia and Islamic countries, which felt that his remark had been taken out of context. Mahathir later defended his remarks, saying: "I am not anti-Semitic ... I am against those Jews who kill Muslims and the Jews who support the killers of Muslims." He tagged the West as "anti-Muslim", for double standards by "protecting Jews while allowing others to insult Islam." He also said "But when somebody condemns the Muslims, calls my prophet, "terrorist", did the European Union say anything?"[44]

[edit] Singapore
Mahathir is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore (previously named University of Malaya). He graduated as a physician from then King Edward VII Medical College in 1953, during British rule. He is held in high regard by his alma mater, and regularly attends reunions.

However, relations with Singapore under Mahathir's tenure have been stormy. Many disputed issues raised during his administration have not been resolved, and in fact have been exaggerated. Many of these international issues have been raised up under Mahathir's Premiership term, but no significant headway had been made then to resolve them bilaterally. Issues have included:

the low price of raw water paid by Singapore to Malaysia (3 Malaysian cents (US$0.008) per 1000 gallons);
the proposed replacement of the Causeway by a suspension bridge to improve water flow through the Straits of Johor (later cancelled by Mahathir's successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi);
Singapore's land reclamation work, affecting shipping access to Port Tanjung Pelepas;
the use of Malaysian airspace by Republic of Singapore Air Force jets;
the status of Pedra Branca Island (also known as "Pulau Batu Putih"), was brought to the International Court of Justice and now belongs to Singapore; and
the sovereignty of the railway line crossing Singapore and Points of Agreement regarding the matter.
Both sides had stubbornly refused to compromise, with the result of bilateral relations turning frosty.[citation needed] The absurdity of the whole situation was illustrated by Mahathir's proposal to replace the Malaysian portion of the Causeway with half a bridge, with the end result, a structure which would symbolise Singapore's uncompromising attitude.[citation needed] Under Prime Minister Abdullah, relations have begun to thaw, and inter-citizen relations have gone on much as they have before in that they are totally independent of political bickering. Many Singaporeans and Malaysians have relatives on the both sides of the Causeway, and despite the bickering of both governments over different issues, relations between citizens of both countries remained unaffected.

Recently, the issue of replacement of the Causeway with a bridge and the use of Malaysian airspace by the RSAF have been successfully solved by Mahathir's successor Abdullah, an issue that has been heavily criticised by Mahathir.

[edit] People's Republic of China
Though an anti-communist in his early career, Mahathir highly approves of the new directions adopted by the People's Republic of China (PRC) after Deng Xiaoping's ascension to power. Malaysia and the PRC maintained a close relationship since the late 1990s, when doubts and suspicions of China's ambition in ASEAN region were cleared, and Mahathir and Chinese leaders found many common grounds in their authoritarian style of ruling and their opposition to Western interference in regional matters. Mahathir is keen that the rise of PRC could to some extent balance the American influence in Southeast Asia, as well as benefiting Malaysia from the PRC's economic prosperity.

[edit] Bosnia-Herzegovina
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mahathir has been noted as a particular ally and sympathetic co-religionist of that nation. He visited Sarajevo in June, 2005 to open a bridge near Bosmal City Center signifying friendship between Malaysians and Bosnians.

He made another 3-day visit to Visoko to see the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun in July 2006. He made another visit a few months later.

In February 2007, four non-governmental organizations: the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, the Congress of Bosniak Intellectuals, and two Christian organizations: the Serb Civil Council and the Croat National Council, nominated Mahatir for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work during the conflict.[45]

On 22 June 2007, he made another visit to Sarajevo with a group of Malaysian businessmen to explore the investment opportunities in the country.

[edit] Russian Federation
Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Malaysia had relations with the Communist state. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the Malaysian government and other Islamic states sided with the Mujahideen. Since the 1990s however, relations between Russia and Malaysia have improved significantly. In 2002 Mahathir made his visit to Moscow. He made the statement that Russia can be the rival to the United States and Israel and he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.[citation needed]

[edit] Developing world
Among some developing and Islamic countries, Mahathir is generally respected,[5] particularly for Malaysia's relatively high economic growth as well as for his support towards liberal Muslim values.[46] Foreign leaders, such as Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, praised him and have been trying to emulate Mahathir's developmental formulae. He was one of the greatest spokesmen on Third World issues, and strongly supported the bridging of the North-South divide, as well as exhorting the development of Islamic nations. He was dedicated to various Third World blocs such as ASEAN, the G77, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Nations, and most recently, the G22 at the latest WTO talks at Cancún.

[edit] Retirement

Mahathir at the 50th Hari Merdeka Parade (Independence Day) celebrations.In 2002 a tearful[47] Mahathir announced his resignation to a surprised UMNO General Assembly. He was persuaded to stay on for a further eighteen months, in a carefully planned handover that ended in October 2003. On his retirement, he was granted Malaysia's highest honour, which entitles him to the title Tun from his original Datuk Seri. Since retirement, he has been serving as an advisor to the Malaysian national oil company Petronas and the Malaysian national car company Proton, an original core national project initiated by Mahathir during his premiership. He is also the head of the Perdana Leadership Foundation, a foundation whose aim is to preserve, develop and spread materials regarding or written by previous Malaysian Prime Ministers. While he has retired from all political offices, he remains very outspoken regarding national policies.

In 2005 Mahathir brought up the issue of excessive awarding of Approved Permits (APs) to import cars, stating that they were creating too much competition for Proton, causing friction between him and Rafidah Aziz, the Minister for International Trade and Industry, who oversaw the awarding of APs. His successor, Abdullah, then announced that a National Automotive Policy (NAP) would be created to appropriately handle the issue. Later, when touching on the issue, Mahathir lamented the government's majority in Parliament, saying, "I believe that the country should have a strong government but not too strong. A two-thirds majority like I enjoyed when I was prime minister is sufficient but a 90% majority is too strong....We need an opposition to remind us if we are making mistakes. When you are not opposed you think everything you do is right".[48]

Mahathir has also ventured into a bakery business with a Japanese partner. Together they established a Japanese-style bakery and bistro outlet called "The Loaf". As of October 2007, there are two outlets in Malaysia, one in Langkawi and one in Kuala Lumpur. They are planning expand their business into other coutries in Southeast Asia.[49] In May 2008, Mahathir started a blog under his old pseudonym, which reached a million visitors within the span of one month.[50][51]

[edit] Criticism of his successor
In 2006 Mahathir's relationship with his successor started to get strained. In a press conference on 7 June 2006 at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, which he heads, Mahathir said that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was not his first choice as successor but it was the current Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, instead. He said that he felt hurt by allegations that he "finished all the government's money, and that the government was bankrupt" because of the mega-projects initiated by him during his tenure as prime minister.[52] Mahathir added that he has "...a habit of choosing the wrong people" when he was answering the question whether Abdullah had stabbed him in the back.[52] He has also criticised the present government's decision to scrap the plan to replace Malaysia's side of the Johor-Singapore Causeway. In his opinion, Malaysia does not need to seek the approval to build a bridge on its own soil. This and other such issues have led many to believe that UMNO is under the threat of splitting into Mahathir and Badawi factions. A statement was issued by UMNO to reassure the public that they wholeheartedly supported Badawi, although as of yet, no stand has been taken over the issue of Mahathir's membership in the party. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Nazri Aziz, suggested that Mahathir "wants to force him (Abdullah) to quit. He needs to be told he is no longer Prime Minister. His campaign is not for the sake of the country but for himself."[53]

To make his voice heard, Mahathir decided to bid to become a delegate from Kubang Pasu for the 2006 UMNO general assembly. This move, if successful, would bring great chagrin to Abdullah who seemed to use every form of censorship available to shut Mahathir up. He failed in his bid to be elected as a representative which is surprising given the fact that Kubang Pasu is his stronghold for over three decades.[54] Later, an angry Mahathir claimed that the "establishment" (in reference to the present government) were doing everything in their power including, but not limited to using government machine that is normally reserved for general elections, to ensure that he didn't get elected. Mahathir even went as far as to allege — albeit, without proof — that the interested party paid RM200 for every vote casted against him. Mahathir also challenged the government to throw him in jail if the government wanted him to shut his mouth.[55]

On, 22 October 2006, Mahathir had a private meeting with Abdullah, in which he voiced his dissatisfactions face-to-face for the first time with Abdullah. This meeting was highly anticipated by members of UMNO and other Malaysians to be an opportunity to narrow the differences between both of them.

However, Mahathir continued his criticisms of Abdullah after the meeting, saying that he was not satisfied with Abdullah's answers to his views.[56]

In a press conference after the meeting, Mahathir revealed one of his dissatisfactions; he felt that his civil liberties to voice his opinions and meeting with people were curtailed by the government. This is a quote from the press conference on this topic.

"And I pointed out to him that firstly, this has become a police state. Because every time anybody invites me to give a talk, they would be called up by the police and warned, called up by the police and told to withdraw the invitation. Someone was not allowed to hold any meeting at all which involves me. This happened to many people. They were very shy to tell me about it but they were called up by the police and of course they were also called up by the mentri besar as well... But I consider this a police state. And I consider also that my civic right has been taken away from me because I have every right to talk to Umno people, university people, civil servants and that’s my right".[56]
Mahathir also voiced certain conducts of Abdullah and his relatives (before and after Abdullah became Prime Minister) that would amount to corruption although Mahathir did not explicitly accuse Abdullah of that. Mahathir expressed his disappointment regarding Abdullah's role in the oil-for-food programme with Iraq; Abdullah's name was listed as a beneficiary in a report published by the US government regarding the programme. Abdullah's son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, and his son had also been accused by Mahathir of offering contracts to their connections, which amounts to corruption.

Mahathir had also criticised Abdullah's handling of the Approved Permits (AP) issue, expressing his surprise that Rafidah Aziz was still retained as a Cabinet member although two people on the list of persons issued with highest number of APs were linked to Rafidah.[56]

He continued his criticisms of Abdullah for being responsible for the ruling party's disastrous performance in the recent general elections. Mahathir accused Abdullah of corruption, nepotism and weakness in his administration and said they were reasons voters snubbed the UMNO-led coalition.[57]

[edit] Weblog
Mahathir started to weblog since May 2008. The site is intended to publish all his writings as when he is able to pen his thoughts and opinions.[1]

[edit] Resignation from UMNO
Mahathir announced his resignation from UMNO on 19 May 2008 (Monday) at 12.35pm before 1,000 Kedah UMNO members in Alor Star and urged other members to follow suit as a way of pressuring Abdullah to step down. However, he resists to join any other party and would only rejoin UMNO after Abdullah steps down. His departure raises the possibility of large-scale desertions by loyalists, which could split the party and bring down the government.[1]

His son Mukhriz, the Jerlun member of Parliament, and a contender for the UMNO youth chief post in the next party election, however stays put but nevertheless urges Abdullah to quit immediately.

[edit] Other controversies
Former Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer, Tajudin Ramli claimed that he (Tajudin) was "forced" to buy out the shares of Malaysia Airlines by Mahathir during a period when the national carrier suffered financial difficulties. However, Mahathir denied this claim and said that he only asked if Tajudin was interested in the shares.[58]

In 2006 he had a 2-hour talk with James W. Walter and William Rodriguez with regards to the US Government involvement in the 9/11 attacks.[59] He urged the world's 1.3 billion Muslims to boycott Dutch products following the release of the anti-Islam movie Fitna by the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, it was reported on 30 March 2008.[60]

On 17 January 2008, Mahathir was brought before a Royal Commission that is looking into alleged manipulation of top judicial appointments during his admnistration, a scandal that has cast doubts about the independence of Malaysia's judiciary. He was made to testify before a government inquiry into a secretly recorded video clip that showed a man believed to be a prominent lawyer, V.K. Lingam, boasting that he could get key judicial appointments made with Mahathir's help. Throughout the inquiry Mahathir feign ignorance and forgot key timelines.[61] The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam video clip finally found that it was former Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim who was talking to prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam on the telephone. Sources said the five-man panel also found that the video clip was authentic and that the conversation was true in substance. They said the commission also found that it was lawyer Loh Mui Fah who Lingam was speaking to after his telephone conversation with Fairuz. Commission chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor presented a two-volume report on the findings to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at the Istana Negara here yesterday.[62] The Cabinet has ordered the attorney-general to immediately direct agencies to investigate on allegations levelled against six prominent individuals identified in the Lingam video clip. The six are former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, retired chief justices Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan and prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam.[63]

See also: Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Video Clip
Justice Datuk Ian Chin revealed that he received threats from a former prime minister in two cases he presided in Sibu in 1997. One being a libel suit and the other on an election petition matter.[64] One was a judgment on a libel case involving MGG Pillai and Tan Sri Vincent Tan where he refused to give what he considered to be an astronomical award. The other judgment was in an election petition on Bukit Bangunan in the Sri Aman Division that he ruled in favour of Independent candidate Donald Lawan against Barisan Nasional candidate Mong Dagang. He also claimed that he and selected judges were sent to a boot camp to ensure they got the message.[65] However, Mahathir has sinced rebuked Justice Ian Chin's allegations in his blog. [2]

A retired Federal Court judge, Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin has alleged that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had wanted to amend Article 121 of the Federal Constitution because he wanted the judiciary to be under his control. He mentioned that Dr Mahathir’s agenda was tied to the Umno 11 case involving then Umno vice-president Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah whose supporters had challenged his post as Umno president.[66]

[edit] Health
The former Prime Minister has a history of mild heart attacks. He had a coronary artery bypass in 1989. On 9 November 2006, he was admitted into Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute) in Kuala Lumpur after suffering a mild heart attack that was caused by a clot in his arteries and has since recovered.[67] On 14 May 2007, Mahathir was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Langkawi after suffering from breathing difficulties at 1600 (MST). The former premier's condition was reported to be stable.[68]

Mahathir, 82, underwent a second heart bypass on 4 September 2007 in a specialist cardiac hospital in Kuala Lumpur Sunday.[69] He is recovering in the intensive care unit and was already conscious National Hearth Institute where he was operated by a team of surgeons, including a US specialist.[70]

On 23 September 2007, Mahathir Mohamad, underwent further surgery at the National Heart Institute due to an infection of the surgical wound in his chest.[71] He has since come out of the hospital and appears to be healthy, even appearing in the V. K. Lingam public inquiry on 17 January 2008 as a witness.[72]

[edit] Legacy

Mahathir was featured on the facade of Telekom Tower in Kuala Lumpur during the national day celebrations in 2004.For his efforts to promote the economic development of the country, Mahathir has been granted the soubriquet of Bapa Pemodenan (Father of Modernisation).[3]

Since his resignation, there are signs that his influence is on the wane, notably the cancellation of a Mahathir-approved double tracking rail project on grounds of cost.

Mahathir's official residence, Sri Perdana, where he resided from 23 August 1983 to 18 October 1999, was turned into a museum (Galeria Sri Perdana). In keeping with the principle of heritage conservation, the original design and layout of the Sri Perdana has been preserved.

[edit] Books
The Malay Dilemma (1970) ISBN 9812043551
The Challenge (1986) ISBN 9679780910
Regionalism, Globalism, and Spheres of Influence: ASEAN and the Challenge of Change into the 21st Century (1989) ISBN 9813035498
The Pacific Rim in the 21st century (1995)
The Challenges of Turmoil (1998) ISBN 9679786528
The Way Forward (1998) ISBN 0297842293
A New Deal for Asia (1999)
Islam & The Muslim Ummah (2001) ISBN 9679787389
Globalisation and the New Realities (2002)
Reflections on Asia (2002) ISBN 967978813X
The Malaysian Currency Crisis: How and why it Happened (2003) ISBN 9679787567
Achieving True Globalization (2004) ISBN 9679789047
Islam, Knowledge, and Other Affairs (2006) ISBN 9833698034

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What's wrong with the ISA?
31 Oct 08 : 9.00AM
By Deborah Loh

WHEN it comes to justifying the Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960, the Malaysian government has honed its replies down pat — after the usual noises about how we still need such laws to keep the peace, they then fall back on the old chestnut — others are now doing it too.

There are growing calls for the repeal of the ISA, which allows for detention
without trial (© Neil Gould /
This deft attempt at deflecting responsibility is being repeatedly played out by our leaders, especially now, when faced with growing calls by civil society groups and even from within the Barisan Nasional (BN) ranks to abolish the law.

The simplistic reasoning given by some ministers in justifying the continued use of the ISA is this: why should we get rid of it when Western countries have followed us by creating such laws too? In fact, our leaders are fond of comparing the ISA to similar preventive detention laws in other countries, their favourite picks being the US and UK.

Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi repeated this mantra when asked if the government would review the ISA, as suggested by BN component parties, Gerakan and the MCA.

Both parties in their annual general assemblies in October 2008 passed similar resolutions acknowledging that the ISA is outdated and had been abused. The parties called for a review of the act, or for it to be replaced with a specific anti-terrorism act.

Abdullah, on 18 Oct, said it was still a valid law and pointed out that other countries in the West had begun using preventive detention laws. Predictably, he cited the US and the UK.

The implication is that Malaysia has been vindicated now that these countries, touted "champions" of democracy and human rights, have resorted to the draconian law that they, especially the US, have criticised Malaysia for. See, our leaders seem to imply, we were right all along.

True, laws that allow for detention without trial, such as the USA Patriot Act 2001, and the UK's Terrorism Act 2006, came about as needful responses to the 11 Sept 2001 World Trade Centre attacks and the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

But they ought to be compared with the ISA before deciding if our leaders' glib statements are really justifiable.

Pot calling kettle black

The Bar Council human rights committee chairman Edmund Bon says such statements are shallow and motivated by political agenda.

Bon: The most unjust part of the ISA is the
prohibition of judicial review on the
minister's decision
"Firstly, if it is alright to retain the ISA, then why is the government calling on the US to close down the Guantanamo detention centre? Why the double-standards?

"Secondly, the PM and the government are playing with words and spouting political rhetoric. They have not analysed or read the laws of these other countries to realise the differences," Bon says.

An overview of the ISA, Patriot Act and Terrorism Act will show that key differences lie in the safeguards and access to legal recourses for detainees to challenge their detention.

The similarities are in the basis used to justify preventive detentions. They centre on deterring threats to national security before the acts themselves occur. In the Patriot Act, the grounds for arrest are the engagement in terrorism or any activity that endangers US national security.

In particular, the act targets foreigners who attempt to enter the US in order to spy, to illegally export goods, technology or sensitive information, or who are attempting to control or overthrow the government.

Grounds for arrest under the UK's Terrorism Act are to let the authorities intervene before details of a planned attack are known. It even criminalises indirect incitement to commit acts of terror, as well as the providing or receiving of terrorist training.

Under the ISA, detentions can be ordered by the Home Affairs Minister if he or she is satisfied that that a person has acted in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or part thereof; maintenance of essential services; or, economic life.

The similarities show that it has become harder to argue against preventive detention after the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks, which left countries feeling vulnerable.

Misuse of the law

But therein lies a rebuttal to our ministers' keenness to linking the ISA to similar acts. The US and UK laws were in response to a fresh and ongoing threat of terrorist attacks on their soil. The ISA however, is a relic from colonial times meant to deal specifically with the communist threat during the Emergency. This threat no longer exists.

Furthermore, the US and UK laws specifically target those believed to be terrorists, while the history of the ISA's use has shown that the law has been broadly applied against even lawful political opposition and democratic activity by citizens.

The clearest, most significant admission of this came from not a member of the opposition, but by a cabinet minister, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who resigned from his post as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and de-facto law minister, on 16 Sept 2008 to protest the use of the ISA.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim at a press conference announcing his resignation
In his open letter to Abdullah on 29 Sept, Zaid noted that some of the ISA detainees could barely be considered a threat to national security. They were political opponents of the ruling Umno, yes, but not a threat in the way of picking up arms to topple the government.

Even in the cases of those who were suspected of militant activity, little evidence has been brought forth to support such assertions. The arrests under the ISA of reformasi activists in 2001 and the Hindraf five in December 2007 are similar in that both were alleged to have terrorist or militant links, but the authorities have not shown anything to prove this.

Bon notes, the purpose of preventive detention is to give more time to the authorities to investigate a suspect and the threat he or she poses, and is not meant to punish the person.

"The spirit of such laws is not to detain a person indefinitely. It is to detain solely for further investigations. Once the investigations are complete, the person is to be charged or released.

"Here, the ISA is used to imprison persons as punishment for alleged offences which cannot be proven in court," he says.

Cruel intentions

Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, chairman of the Abolish the ISA Movement or GMI in its Malay acronym, says the ISA is more draconian than similar laws in the US and UK because of the longer detention period and the lack of judicial review.

Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh
"ISA provides for arrest of up to 60 days before detention for two years, and then there's still no trial. Under other laws, there is room for the detainee to be charged and be given a trial. But extensions under the ISA are at the minister's discretion. It is very indefinite and arbitrary," he says.

Under the Patriot Act, a detainee can be held for the first seven days without facing any charge. But during this time, the attorney-general must initiate removal (deportation) proceedings or press charges, failing which the detainee has to be released. If deemed a threat, the detention order can be extended for up to six months, with the detainee applying for a review every six months.

Under the UK's Terrorism Act, a pre-charge detention order for beyond 14 days and up to 28 days must be obtained by an application to a High Court judge.

In contrast, the ISA allows for two years' detention without trial. The detention order can be renewed every two years, thus extending it indefinitely at the minister's discretion. Prior to the two years, a detainee can be held for 60 days without being required to appear in court.

This is not to say that the US and UK laws are "better" because they allow for shorter detention periods. Indeed, both governments have come under heavy criticism by human rights groups and civil society in their countries for the lack of safeguards in these laws to protect detainees' rights.

That as of March 2007, 385 detainees have been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre for five years, without ever facing charges, is testament to the human rights flaws in the Patriot Act.

The UK law also lacks safeguards to ensure an adversarial hearing (where both parties get to argue their positions). A judge may deny the detainees and their lawyers the right to appear in the hearing. The judge can also withhold material used by the prosecution to argue for the detainee's extended detention.

Home Minister's absolute power

It is the total prohibition of judicial review on any decision by the minister's discretionary powers under the ISA that is most unjust, says Bon. This amendment to the law was made in 1989.

"The jurisdiction of the courts is not ousted (in other countries) unlike here under Section 8b (of the ISA)," he says. The provision means that detention orders by the minister cannot be challenged in court, effectively shutting off any chance for a detainee to seek legal recourse.

There is the Advisory Review Board which is allowed review a detainee's status, but only after the minister has ordered a two-year detention, and not during the first 60 days of arrest. The board is essentially powerless, as it can only make non-binding recommendations.

Closing the door on judicial review for a detainee is a violation of the Federal Constitution, what more international human rights laws. Article 5 of the constitution states that the courts should inquire into any complaint about a person being unlawfully detained, and unless the court is satisfied that the detention is lawful, the detainee shall be produced in court and released.

"There is no independent body to look into the detentions. The advisory board is a sham, kangaroo court. The police arrest, they detain, and then they seek further authorisation for detention from the minister. The minister then continues the detention. There are no checks and balances," Bon says.

"Even if a lawyer wishes to provide evidence to rebut the grounds of detention, he will be stopped from doing so. Parliament has usurped the powers of the court by enacting section 8b and allowed the minister absolute powers of detention."

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar fielding questions from the media on 13 Sept 2008, a day after the arrests, under the
ISA, of Malaysia Today's Raja Petra Kamarudin, Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily
journalist Tan Hoon Cheng. Kok and Tan have since been released.
However, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar disagrees that there are no checks and balances to prevent abuse of the law. In an interview with The Star Online on 22 Oct, he denies that there is no due process involved when someone is detained under the ISA.

"Even under detention by the minister, the due process is that you can still bring habeas corpus in order to determine whether the grounds (cited) by the minister are correct. If the court is not satisfied, it will release the person," he is reported to have said.

He also stoutly defended the continued use of the ISA. "The bottom line is public interest, which is equal to maintaining public order, maintaining security and understanding perceptions and threats. If we are wrong, then the court can decide that we are wrong. But meanwhile, we cannot wait for things to happen in order for us to take action," he added.

Return power to the courts

Notwithstanding flaws in the Patriot Act and the Terrorism Act, the ISA is arguably worse in its absolute lack of checks and balances. Is maintaining the ISA in this present form still justifiable because "other countries have it, too"? Even then, the comparison is not quite accurate, because at least the US and UK laws have safeguards.

The government has shown no interest in repealing the act. But it should not be afraid to consider a review or to replace it with an anti-terrorism act. Either of these two options still allows it to argue the need for preventive detention laws in the face of globalised terrorism, but also ensure that unjust provisions are removed or amended.

There is no need to start from scratch. The National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) in 2003 had made proposals in its "Review of the Internal Security Act 1960" report. Long before the MCA and Gerakan suggested an anti-terrorism act, Suhakam already raised it. Its other proposals require judicial authorisation for the police to extend detentions, and for a cap of 29 days on detentions after which a person must be charged or released.

The government has so far refused to repeal the ISA. But if it would do only one thing about it, it should be to restore scrutiny of detention reviews to the courts.


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