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.