Malaysia under Tun Mahathir Mohamad was a successful country and unfortunately under his successor Dollah Badawi the country went down the drain politically, economically and socially. Substantive damages have been done to many of our established institutions and our established norms and constraints for his inability to rule, and to rule effectively.
We, the country, are still suffering. Dollah Badawi is a smudge in the Malay-Umno annals, and current Prime Minister Najib Razak is inheriting a "bad debt" that he is honourable enough to make an effort to pay. He can do it and he will do it!
In the news today I am ever proud of our Tun Mahathir Mohamad for being recognised as an honourable man, to be reckoned with nationally and internationally.
Najib once said:" This man, no one can outperformed his ability to be respected and respected he will be in our history." Indeed you have always been right Najib sir! Mahathir is again recognised for his statesman like persona and his ability to command respect.
The press release for this year’s award quoted Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, UN-Habitat’s Scientific Advisor, as saying of Dr Mahathir: “This is a remarkable individual who did remarkable things for his country.”
“Malaysia was on the way to considerable economic progress during Mahathir’s time. It is recognised that he significantly influenced all other developing countries to show the way how it is possible to develop in a very rapid way in a very short time,” Professor Oyelaran-Oyeyinka was quoted as saying.
Mervat Tallawy, Chairperson of the jury which selected Dr Mahathir from a field of 13 nominees, was quoted as saying: “The per capita income in Malaysia during his time increased eight times. The model of thinking to get out of problems and crisis was almost the same as that of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.” Read more here...