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Friday, October 15, 2004


The 2nd Coming

::It is almost a year now since the Tun left the scene, are there signs of his 2nd coming? Of late the Tun has been coming back to grab some of the media headlines. Soon after Anwar was freed he was back with the "I still believe that Anwar is guilty". Then lately he has been to the Philippines to spread his formula of economic success to the Filipinos. Then he was off to Singapore to tell to all who would listen that Anwar had ' no political future' because of what he still believe about Anwar. He has also extended invitations to those interested to come 'commit murder in Malaysia'.
According to a Malaysiakini columnist, Josh, Mahathir appears to be back in action, especially after the success of his blue-eyed boy, Najib and his faction, in the recent UMNO elections. And he is afraid that he and fellow Malaysians may once again have to endure the frequent appearance of Mahathir in the press, just as we have done for the past two decades. He also has this to say ::
The veteran has every reason to be resentful and bitter about Abdullah, whom he once saw as a safe pair of hands least likely to rock the boat and most likely to build on his 'legacies'. Instead of living up to the expectations of his political benefactor, the new prime minister raised his eyebrow by launching an 'all-out' war against corruption (which amounted to nothing much anyway).

Almost a year ago before the Tun bid the nation bye bye, there was a whiff of a mega scandal :: the award of the double-tracking rail project to (MMC-Gamuda consortium), this was awarded in the last few days of the Tun's adminstration. Soon after Pak Lah took over the helm, the said project was deferred.
Now it appears that the Tun, in the few months prior to his retirement, had also acted to grant a gaming lesen/license to Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd, a company said to be owned by one Vincent Tan. The AWSJ has reported this under the headlines :: Gaming License Causes Sparks in Malaysia. More details regarding this gaming lesen which is said to be for a period of 20 years can be found at the BeritaMalaysia mailing list. Makes one wonder whether there were other such pre-retirement nest-feathering deals.






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