YM Raja Petra roped in all the NGO's and even political parties and held an exclusive dialogue with the former Malaysian Premier at the Century Paradise Club, Taman Melawati, Hulu Kelang, Selangor this morning.
It was a full house with overflowing crowds who came to see and hear for themselves what Tun Dr.Mahathir had to share about the latest news.
Even the PAS Deputy President Ustaz Nasharuddin, 3 Vice Presidents , former Cabinet Ministers, VVIP's, NGO's like ABIM,UIA Islamic Scholars, MT regular bloggers such as yours truly and individuals took the opportunity to ask him questions and to listen to his off the cuff explanations as to why he has taken the present BN government to task for kowtowing to the whims and notions of an Oxford graduate pulling the strings of the puppets in power today!
Malaysia Today is posting the videos taken during the dialogue at it's website.
Many issues were raised by the participants and posed to Tun Dr.Mahathir who in his usual point blank and witty remarks poured out his feelings and reasons in his answers.
Among the various topics Tun Dr M spoke about was the way the Cabinet ministers are blindly expressing their total support to the current PM!
Blind support by the ministers for no other reason than that the fellow they are supporting is the Prime Minister! They will support just anyone who becomes the PM! It doesn't matter whether the fella is this or that, as long as you become the Prime Minister, we will support you!
No questions asked! Total support, a 1001% ! Hidup ..............................(just fill in the blanks)!!!
Frankly speaking , I feel Tun Dr.M already knows that the ministers from day one have been carrying his balls for the very same reason that they have to protect their own interests.
It comes as no surprise to me for the same apple polishing culture exists in any organisation what more in government ministerial positions where kickbacks and side incomes are the order of the day and once in power , the future for these fellas and their generations are already secured with millions and millions filling up their coffers forever.
We were then told by Tun Dr.M about the lies that the BN Government is pushing down our throats that the Government doesn't have money!
Profits from Petronas of more than RM80 billion just last year saw the Government's coffers being swelled by more than RM30billion in taxes alone and then again, who owns Petronas if not the Malaysian Government itself?
From a RM2billion startup capital from the Government, Petronas has been making tonnes of money from its operations in 36 countries worldwide and is the main moneymaking machine for the government!
Tun further said that he knows where the government is stashing its billions and if they still claim not to have money, he can show them where the money is himself!
He said if it's true that all the mega projects that he carried out during his premiership was a waste of funds, just imagine a scenario where you take away all the infrastructure that he helped the government build in the name of development out of the country!
Remove the North South Highway, remove the KLCC, KLIA, LRT's, Monorail, Putrajaya,etcetera! Imagine the country without all it's modern infrastructure!
Imagine the country without the national automobiles! What kind of a lifestyle would the citizens of this country be living in?
You need to watch the videos in full to catch the full essence of what took place this morning at the Kelab Century Paradise!
He then went on to spill the beans about Pak Lah's 'Elegant Silence'! The main reason is none other than that our Mr.Prime Minister listens to Khairy Jamaluddin, his son in law who is the puppet master behind the PM's Department! He kept referring to KJ by speaking of 'Oxford Grad' in his lambasting Pak Lah! The media were having a field day! :D
The crowd just loved all the exposes being thrashed out by the Tun! Shouts of support rang out from the audience and thunderous applause broke out with each of the Tun's disclosures about the powerplay in our nation's BN Government!
PAS leaders surely loved each and every morsel of info coming out of the Tun's mouth! And to think that just 3 years ago, these same fellows were calling Tun Dr.Mahathir as 'Mahafir'aun', 'Mahazalim', etc! :P
As they say about politicians; "Yesterday's sworn enemies, today's chummy buddies"! or at least they are trying to be in Tun Dr.M's good books!
He spoke about the bridge project connecting JB and Singapore. Works on the project had already started when he was still the Prime Minister. The present Cabinet Ministers were in his government when the project was started. None of them objected back then. Total support!
Even Singapore didn't object back then and there was no conditions laid down by them when the project was mooted by the Malaysian Government under Dr.Mahathir! Lee Kuan Yew accepted, Goh Chok Tong said it's okay and there was no talk about Malaysia having to supply Singapore with more than a billion cubic metres of sand, allow the Singapore Air Force to fly its fighter jets over Johore airspace, etc!
Within months of him stepping down and handing over power to Abdullah Badawi, the bridge project was shelved by the present BN Cabinet for reasons that certain parties who stood to make millions from the contract, were unable to do so for reasons that are considered 'top secret', etc.
The double track project for the KTM was also shelved by the present government. Proton from a RM500 million startup capital by the Government, has made more than RM30billion for the government. He says he doesn't understand how the previous Proton management which made so much money for the government could be replaced by the government and now causing Proton to be in the red?
Perodua now makes so much more money than Proton. Who's responsible for this ?
He also spoke about the AP's. He says how the Ministry of International Trade and Industry abused the allocation of the AP's to a couple of persons only. To learn more about the details of what he said, I suggest you to go watch the videoclips in full at the Malaysia-Today.Net.
There was so many things he spoke about that I would be taking so much time to fully write about all the matters he shared. The man is truly extraordinary as a speaker. He can just go on and on like that although he is now 81! Talk about stamina and focus of mind.
You hear Abdullah Badawi talking in his raspy croaky voice on TV and you want to reach for the remote for the sheer run of the mill 'Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang' rhetoric sort of makes you want to puke! Don't even start to think about the difference between the two men. Miles apart!
Same goes for the next in line. To date, none of the cabinet ministers have the oratory skills of the Grand Old Man of Malaysian politics!
For bloopers, tantrums and saliva spewing bullshit, we all know who are the fellows you can expect to dish out that kind of stuff! The acronyms start with LKY and SV. Figure it out.
To sum it all up, I loved being there and got to meet YM Raja Petra in person. Also got to share some ideas and plans with the PAS leadership, ABIM's President, UIA's Scholar Ustaz Muhammadiy, etc.
Thanks for making this happen YM Raja Petra! Alhamdulillah.
Looking forward to our MT Bloggers Meetup. Insyaallah.