A birthday celebration with a twist in the new Malaysia

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Cute video above. I don’t think such a warm clip would have been possible – it wouldn’t have been so relaxed and natural – in the old Malaysia. But you can see what we have missed all these years just by watching the above clip.

The most interesting part for me is when the young interviewer, Kashika (she’s a natural at the job, isn’t she), asks Mahathir: “Do you think I can be a prime minister?”

“Certainly! Certainly,” Mahathir replied without hesitation. And then he goes on to give her some poignant sagely advice on what it takes to become a prime minister in a democracy. “But you must work hard. You must be nice to people… to win their support. You must always keep your promises. You must do the right things. You mustn’t cheat. All those things, if you have, people will like you, and in a democracy, you can become a prime minister.”

It is almost as if he is passing on advice some of which he had to learn himself, sometimes the hard way, and perhaps only later in life; other bits from observing what his predecessor found out too late.”

On a related note, I would like to ask you, have you noticed anything on the ground, on the streets, among friends and strangers in the new Malaysia that is different. What are people like now? Do they feel less constrained, freer, friendlier perhaps, happier and more relaxed and hopeful about the future?

I have found that people are more willing to smile and talk to you than they were before. The burdens of life remain, but at least there is hope in the air. Speaking of which, brilliant news about the cave rescue from Thailand – all 12 boys and their coach out – just in time in not for the World Cup semi-finals, at least the final.

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Rare to see young Malaysians speaking good English like this Astro interviewer.

Anil should start making light hearted interview video s of this nature.

Anil can start interview CM Chow if possible under the shady tree at Esplanade Speakers Corner? Or may be less serious matter with many heritage maestros like that famous Uncle Tan of Siam Road?

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That is why it’s very, very important to have a good wife, especially when one is holding an office of high power. We have now witnessed some fine examples with so much contrasts in our country alone.

KhunPana
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KhunPana

Many of us would like to have the chance to wish Mahathir a Very Happy Birthday in person.
And for sure many of us would like Mahathir to keep his words & promises. Example- follow the law.
Therefore,it is best for “New Malaysia” to consider deporting Zakir Naik as he too is wanted for money laundering.
It was Mahathir who said that Malaysia welcomes professional expatriates and would be given PR if qualified.
Zakir Naik is NOT but was issued a PR.
Happy Birthday and Thank You for helping kicking out the previous thief.

tunglang
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tunglang

Was Zakir offered an island in Tasik Kenyir? Pls take it back otherwise that island could be a haven for extremist-terrorists.

Ista
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Ista

Can use Zakir to trade for Jho Low if Jho escapes to India. One to one exchange.

tunglang
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tunglang

There are many happy occasions for a New Malaysia like this birthday celebration of Tun Mahathir with his wife.

But there are still remnants of Old Repressive & Corrupt Malaysia which we ought to clean out the soonest possible like this one:
Time To Clear Out The Police Force To Create The New Malaysia
http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/07/time-to-clear-out-the-police-force-to-create-the-new-malaysia/
Take for example the horrifying experience of online activist Jason Lim, who dared to report a KL massage parlour for hiring an abusive illegal foreign worker to the police. Read on.

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

All I want to say now is – Happy Birthday, Tun !

Norman
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Norman

In less than half a day, all of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s stamps were sold out at the General Post Office in Downing Street, Penang.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/11/mahathir-stamps-sold-out-in-downing-street/#yJfOqXX76kAJPbU5.99

You got buy or not?

Ista
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Ista

Overpriced. But bought it anyway.

Muthu
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Muthu

MIC has got a new Indian chief.
Any chance for reform, or leaving BN?

Possibly MIC merge with PSM since they are both fighting for Indians?

Norman
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Norman

Things will be pricier when SST comes into play, says Najib.
https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/76089

Do you think so, Mr Anil, based on your accounting knowledge? If so, we should buy things before the end of tax holiday after Aug 31?