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Hari ini tidak terkecuali. Joceline Tan telah menulis satu artikel "The X-Factor in Government" yang very excellent dan ada pula perasaan touched & good feeling selepas membaca artikel beliau :-
The X-Factor In Government
TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad is back in the loop.
The invitations are flowing in again, his remarks are widely reported and a staggering 18 million visitors have been to his blog which he started only last May.
He caused a stir when he insisted that Umno should contest the Penanti by-election.
On Thursday, his view that a couple of politicians were not fit to be in the Cabinet was the talk of the town.
His remark about “friends of the foreign media” was another ouch! moment for those implicated. Those who had bitten the chilli felt the heat and complained that Dr Mahathir was at it again....
....“To me, he is one in a trillion. Now the party is complete,” said Tanjong Malay Association president Fadzil Shuib who had asked Dr Mahathir to speak at his AGM when people were still shying away.
There is a huge crowd out there who loves him and there are also those who love to hate him....
.....But said Mahathir admirer Zakhir Mohamed: “People who treat Mahathirism as some sort of bogey are talking rubbish. To me, Mahathirism was about policies like Look East, Vision 2020, privatisation and Malaysia Inc. It was about big ideas and projects, bold decision-making, and the public and private sectors working to achieve economic growth."
It is quite ridiculous to think that Najib would even think of trying to replicate Dr Mahathir’s poltical style.....
..... Dr Mahathir had flown back from London so that he would be there to see Najib take his oath of office before the Agong. He sat stoney-faced through the formal ceremony but once the formalities were over, he beamed like a proud father. Some joked it was only then that the ever sceptical Dr Mahathir was convinced the power transition had happened.
Dr Mahathir’s sense of pride at Najib’s elevation was best demonstrated the next day when the former Premier, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and their three sons and spouses arrived at the Prime Minister’s residence for brunch.
That was Significant Gesture No. 1 – Dr Mahathir was calling on the new Prime Minister. It was his way of saying that Najib had his blessing. Najib was waiting on the porch to greet Dr Mahathir .
They shook hands, then Najib, taller by half a head, bent down to kiss Dr Mahathir on the cheek.
Then, to everyone’s amazement, Dr Mahathir held Najib’s head with one hand and kissed him back on the cheek.
These were not air kisses but lip-to-cheek contact. That was Significant Gesture No. 2 because as everyone knows, Dr Mahathir is not touchy-feely when it comes to non-family members. When he was Premier, he was notorious for pulling back his hand when politician tried to kiss it.....
..... “I don’t see Datuk Seri Najib walking in anyone’s shadow. Tun Mahathir will give his views but the PM will not swallow everything and he will not be kurang ajar because he has too much respect for Tun,” said Juhaidi Yean Abdullah, a former ministerial aide and now a full-time restaurateur.
Dr Mahathir will remain a big factor to the new administration not because of the shadow of Mahathirism but simply because when he speaks, people listen. He is still a powerful voice...
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