Watch the interview with Dr Mahathir (below) uploaded earlier this evening by KiniNews.
From minute 1:46 onwards, Dr M says:
“if you want to quarrel, you want to fight, then you can follow the way of some of these other countries where they are killing each other. Do you want that or do you at least restrain yourself? Have some discipline, try not to annoy people, then this country will be peaceful. For 50 years we had no problem, now it comes out.”
2:53: Dr M says “this country is a very basically unstable country”
According to the ex-premier, extremists who go around saying nasty things are abusing their freedom of expression.
“For 50 years we had no problem, now it comes out,” he notes.
Operative word – “NOW” – the centre cannot hold and all the biadab nastiness and not to mention endemic fitnah is spilling out because Najib Razak is not an authoritarian like Dr Mahathir.
Kepala dipijak episodes would not have occurred under Dr M.
In a First World mature democracy, Najib would not be out of his element. In Malaysia today however, Najib has to contend with the kind of people who are unable to act civilized when given unfettered freedoms.
Is the problem Najib or is it the people whom Dr M considers to be extremists?