Mahathir in Turbulent Times
22 December 2009 - Malaysian Maverick
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 4th Malaysian Prime Minister, wants the book, Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir in Turbulent Times, to be released to bookstores. It seems the Malaysian authorities are holding them up in the Customs Department warehouse pending clearance from "higher-ups".
The recently published book by Barry Wain, an Australian journalist, is the first independent and full-length study of Dr. Mahathir. The book credits Dr. Mahathir with Malaysia's economic progress but blames him for the losses of more than RM100 billion during his 22 years tenure as prime minister of Malaysia.
A Democratic Action Party (DAP) stalwart, Lim Kit Siang, has called on the present PM, Najib Tun Razak, to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the truth of the allegations in the book.
Dr. Mahathir said in his blog that he did not need any protection from the current government for what he had done for Malaysia during his tenure as PM. He also suggested that the inquiry should also look into his successor, Abdullah Badawi, the 5th PM of Malaysia.
Mahathir Mohamad turned Malaysia into one of the developing worlds most successful economies. He adopted pragmatic economic policies alongside repressive political measures and showed that Islam was compatible with representative government and modernization. He emerged as a Third World champion and Islamic spokesman by standing up to the West.
About the Author
BARRY WAIN, a former editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal, is Writer-in-Residence at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. An Australian journalist who has lived in Asia for 37 years, he is author of The Refused, an account of the refugee outflow from Indochina after the Vietnam War.
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