09 March 2011

A Doctor In The House - The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

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A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE - The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
By Mahathir Mohamad

(MPH Group Publishing, March 8, 2011)


I have written about the wisdom of our founding fathers who crafted a political system that has enabled the country to democratically and peacefully resolve the problems and challenges inherent in a complex society. Malaysia may not be styled after the liberal democracies of the West, but it is led by governments elected by the people at the central and state levels. Not many former colonies have been able to make democracy work. We have.

In Malaysia, Opposition candidates can win, and be successful enough to gain control of state governments, if not the central government. Although the Alliance Party and its successor, the Barisan Nasional, have won all the national elections since Independence, there have been exhilarating highs and worrying lows. As I write this, the coalition remains vulnerable, having lost five states to the Opposition at the 2008 General Election. To regain its robustness, Barisan Nasional must make an honest assessment of its virtues and its failings, and must be prepared to take radical measures if it is to be a relevant and effective leader of Malaysia in the new millennium.

Because of pragmatic policies, Malaysia made a smooth transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. The sons and daughters of subsistence farmers and fishermen now work in air-conditioned factories, handling delicate instruments and producing sophisticated products for the world market.

Today, Malaysia is among the most developed in the developing world. It plays a significant role in international affairs, focusing mainly on the injustices perpetrated by the wealthier nations against poorer ones. It has been one of the most outspoken of Islamic countries. We have flourished economically. Kuala Lumpur, an unknown capital of 300,000 inhabitants at Independence, has been transformed into a cosmopolitan city of more than two million. Its skyline is characterised by impressive buildings led by the luminous Petronas Twin Towers, once the tallest in the world. Our development plans have always taken into account the needs of the day and those of the distant future.

I played some part in all this but it would be remiss of me not to credit my predecessors for Malaysia’s phenomenal progress. They set the foundation—and I only built on it. Without their sound judgment and foresight, my task would have been significantly harder.

These memoirs must naturally contain a focus on my role, but essentially it is about my beloved Malaysia, a country which has given me—indeed, all Malaysians—a good life. There will be other books about Malaysia, even about me, from other perspectives. But I hope that here, I have done justice to my country.

I still wonder if this book is readable. I am assured that it is. But my doubts remain.
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohd
Sumber : Eric Forbes



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