LKY says he never undermined successors like Dr M
By Leslie Lau
January 27, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 — Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew said in a recently published book that he never undermined his successor in the way former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did in Malaysia, and that his only role was to advise the next generation of leaders in the republic.
“That was my intention. If the new PM fails, I have failed,” Singapore’s founding father said in his latest book, “Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going”.
Alamak this LKY can really cut you so deep!
“If the new PM fails, I have failed”
How graciously he puts it!
He did not say that Mahathir had choosen his own successor and so if Mahathir thinks his successor had failed – then it is Mahathir that has failed!
He did not say that Mahathir had 22 years of absolute power to put things right and if things do go wrong after he left – then it is Mahathir that has failed!
Nor did he say that the corruption, nepotism, greed and arrogance allowed to breed unchecked during Mahathir’s 22 years in power inevitably led to the devastating Barisan Nasional’s loss of it’s two third majority at the 12th general election.
He did not say any of the above but in that short “I have failed” he told Mahathir that it is time Mahathir himself took responsibility for what Malaysia has now become – a country where race and religion are used to advance the interest of the ruling party. Where the treasures of the country were used to enrich a few. Where Malaysia's own leaders have abused the trust placed upon them by their own people.
Mahathir please stand up…take a bow and say
“I have failed!”