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Transformer vs Terminator – the road to tyranny

COMMENT In one of the ‘Transformers’ movies, there is an exchange between the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime and arch villain Megatron, who heads the Decepticons.

Optimus: You destroy everything you touch.

Megatron: Because everything I touch is food for my hunger. My hunger for power!

In Malaysia, there is a local variant in the form of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who came into power with grand promises of, yes, transformation.

Styling himself as a moderate and liberal leader, he initiated a raft of government initiatives with sophisticated acronyms designed to impress the casual observer, but which detractors claimed upon closer inspection, revealed a lack of substance.

These initiatives often included the term “transformation”, which became synonymous with the sixth prime minister’s mission in office.

Six years have passed since the reins were placed in his hands but it appears that instead of progressing, Malaysia is regressing on multiple fronts.

Ironically, it is under the 1Malaysia sky that the nation has become most divided along racial and religious fault lines.

And it is amid the backdrop of a promise to widen the democratic space that the walls appear to be closing in.

To his credit, Najib did initially attempt to push the right buttons but this did not translate into votes and he was left red-faced after the last polls.

Despite all his courting, he had performed even worse than his immediate predecessor, who unlike Najib was not a ‘transformer’, but bore a striking resemblance to the character Rip van Winkle.

Since then, there has been talk of an attempt to get rid of him and this climaxed with the blog posting last week of another predecessor, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir is cast in a different mould and if a fictional comparison is to be made, he would be none other than the Terminator himself.

He had ruled with an iron fist for more than two decades, which, among others, witnessed the mass incarceration of dissidents and castration of the media as well as other institutions crucial for our democracy.

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Apr 8, 2015 – Malaysiakini
Transformer vs Terminator – the road to tyranny

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