Henry Kissinger, the great guru of geopolitics, has a new book titled Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy.
The six leaders whom Kissinger profiles are Charles de Gaulle, Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Lee Kuan Yew, Konrad Adenauer and Margaret Thatcher. These are very big names; the five men and one woman were game changers in international politics.
Of the named leaders, the one closest to us geographically – i.e. Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) –created a powerhouse city-state through “the strategy of excellence” (meritocracy), according to Kissinger.
Singapore’s meteoric rise against the odds is a success story dear to the heart of the enterprising Chinese ethnic minority living here in Malaysia. Note also that the name of ‘Mahathir’ is a byword for the antithesis of meritocratic practice.
Kissinger personally knew the six leaders and outlived them all — de Gaulle died in 1970 aged 80, Nixon died in 1994 aged 81 and Thatcher died in 2013 aged 87. Adenauer and LKY died both at age 91 in 1967 and 2015 respectively while Sadat was assassinated in 1981 (he was 63 years old).
BELOW: Mahathir treated the Harapan manifesto like toilet paper, deservingly
The 99-year-old Kissinger, however, does not place our 97-year-old Mahathir in any pantheon of transformational world statesmen. Neither would most people except the Perkasa crowd and deluded Dapsters.
Celebrating the anniversary of our tiny neighbour’s Independence from Malaysia, an op-ed in Singapore digital paper Today last week on Aug 9 recalled that at the time of their emancipation (1965), “Mr Lee had the optimistic vision, which he articulated to his cabinet colleagues:
‘The picture of a prosperous and flourishing Singapore doing better than the rest of Malaysia is most attractive’.”
BELOW: Hannah Yeoh last month declared that Mahathir is “respected by others around the world”
Malaysian Chinese who are great fans of meritocracy admire LKY and look up to Singapore.
Therefore Cina DAP would surely be chuffed to hear Kissinger’s glowing appraisal of LKY.
Asked by Bloomberg in a July 20 interview how the leaders portrayed in his book would fare in today’s world, “Kissinger said Singapore’s Lee would be the best of the six to serve as US president, if such a thing were possible”.
High praise indeed. Kissinger thinks LKY would have been the man most capable of ‘saving’ the currently dysfunctional USA.
So how do we reconcile Cina DAP admiration for LKY (i.e. reflecting what they feel) with their licking Mahathir’s feet (i.e. how they actually acted from 2018 to 2020). And some DAP leaders are still the old man’s pet poodles.
The behaviour of DAP’s sycophant leadership and their most Bersih supporters looking to Mahathir as a saviour is splendidly schizophrenic .
In mid-2019 when Mahathir was PM2.0, Hannah Yeoh gushed (see above) her eternal gratitude to the Harapan chairman for the “chance of giving us a new Malaysia”.
How did that work out, DAP?
The evangelical party helped to install Mahathir as prime minister for a second time when he was then 93 years old.
As a nonagenarian, he already had a long track record which any thinking person can evaluate, but still DAP managed to con zombie Chinese into believing that Mahathir would work with the evangelical party to save Malaysia.
In a more bizarre twist to the Dapster schizophrenia, Mahathir had, in March 2019 – roughly four months before @hannahyeoh’s glorifying tweet reproduced above – said in an interview that he needed to save Malaysia from China! See below.
(You know … “the Motherland”.) Hahahahaha
It all ultimately ended with Mahathir saving Malaysia from the DAP — a party supported by 95 percent Chinese voters.
Speaking to the BN convention on June 1 this year, PM Ismail Sabri told his PWTC audience that Harapan’s 22-month rule had been “a nightmare” for our country.
It was. Yet at the same time, the relatively short period of Harapan at the pinnacle of power also provided comedy gold.
The sight of all those DAP leaders sucking up to Mahathir was priceless!
DAP’s foot fetish (kissing those ancient toes) is something you simply cannot unsee. Black humour at its best.