So in a special column in utusan titled "Suara Hati Dr Mahathir", he lashed out at the Malays for being an ungrateful lot and causing a split in the community.
This, he said
has forced them to beg for support...even from those who have all this time been fighting against efforts to uplift the position of the Malays and make them equal to others
Now I wonder who has all this time been against the efforts to uplift the position of the Malays. The Chinese, the Indians, the opposition? Nah, can't recall any such attempt to frustrate the Malays.
Mahathir then went on to ask the rhetorical question as to who had brought on the disaster of the Malays having to beg for support and then answering himself by asserting that
No other than the Malays themselves - greedy Malays, Malays lacking in intelligence, Malays easily influenced by lust, easily dominated by hatred when agitated
I thought all of the above descriptions of the Malays fit the Umnoputras (the ruling Umno elites) themselves perfectly. Certainly not the ordinary Malays. So, who was Mahathir blaming?
After asserting that the Malays had achieved a little success following independence, he went on to say
Unfortunately, this little bit of success made them (Malays) conceited and greedy. They began to fight for power and this tussle, caused by the greed of a few individuals, has caused the ruling party to be fragmented
Ah ha, all of this sounds so familiar again much like the conceited Umno elites all greedily fighting among themselves for power and ever bigger bite of the nation's wealth, and blaming all ills on other people, including the ordinary Malays and the opposition, except themselves, and then having the cheeks to claim that without Umno, the Malays are finished and will have to beg for support from other people (meaning the Chinese?)
For an English report on Mahathir's ranting click here