One is a saint, the other is the known Devil (ask Mahathir)
They are poles apart.
But the saint knew the ways of a wily devil.
And what he had to say is enlightening.
What he had to say should sound familiar.
Not to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves;
not to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep them from becoming thieves; not to show them what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder.
Therefore the sage, in the exercise of his government, empties their minds, fills their bellies, weakens their wills, and strengthens their bones.
He constantly (tries to) keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act (on it).
When there is this abstinence from action, good order is universal.
Chapter Three From the ebook Tao Te Ching you can access here
Note: All emphasis mine.
Umno is not noted for valuing or employing "men of superior ability"
Mahathir knows best.
Wasn't he the one who had said that all the smart and intelligent people have joined the opposition and only the half past sixes remain in Umno?
Well, perhaps Mahathir himself knew that it was easier to remain in power for so long like he did by not employing or valuing "men of superior ability" in his own Cabinet or around him for too long, and was it not for this reason that he had caused Musa Hitam to leave and sacked Anwar Ibrahim?
And thanks to him, the legacy remains with Umno.
How true that Umno tries to keep their own members and Malaysians as a whole ignorant, so as to weaken their wills and reap the " universal good order" for themselves and to their (the Umno elites') benefit?