Sunday, March 13, 2011

Doctor in the House

“Political lying comes through the media and sometimes, by writing so-called books of memories” is Gua Musang MP and fellow UMNO member Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s introduction of Mahathir Mohamad’s autobiography. The former had vilified the memoirs – launched under the “pseudo title” of “Doctor in the House” – as a copycat title of a famous British comedy film based on another novel. As Tengku Razaleigh said, “Perhaps it was deliberate, as it does reflect some comedianship, apart from political lying”. The irony is that there are gullible people out there still buying Mahathir’s work of fiction for a wasteful sum of RM100! Well, if Malaysians become hooked to the reading habit because of this book, I shouldn’t complain.

As I flipped through some of its pages at MPH – I must admit he did give readers quite a few laughs. One revealing sentence caught my eye: “Nearly every Malay in Malaysia has some non-Malay blood”, he wrote. Why should I be surprised? He has already admitted in his 809-page tome that he has Indian blood but maintained that he is still Malay “and proud of it”.

Moroever, he also pronounced that being Malay was no longer a question of descent but a legal construct. So there you have it. In one sentence, he has completely erased the entire history and culture of the Malays. The Malays have been reduced to nothing more than a "legal construct". Mahathir has informed the world that Tanah Melayu never existed! Oops!

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