Dr. Mahathir's speech to the UN General Assembly will be more
meaningful if he has practiced what he preached
by Loke Siew Fook
(Petaling Jaya, Friday):
DAPSY expresses our support for Dr. Mahathir's call for the abolition
of the single-country veto in the United Nation Security Council. Dr.
Mahathir suggested that the veto system in the UN Security Council permanent
members to be modified, so that two veto powers backed by three other
members of the Security Council could block any UN resolution.
He said even this should be slowly dismantled in favour of majority
decisions in the council. "Important agencies of the UN must be freed from
the domination of any single country and they should gradually be made more
democratic", Dr Mahathir told the 58th Session of the UN General Assembly in
his last address to the world body yesterday in New York.
It was no doubt that Dr. Mahathir has rightly spoken up for the developing
and Third World countries and pointed the threats faced by them in the
unipolar world today. Dr. Mahathir concluded his speech by saying, "If we
want to have democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, the
powerful must demonstrate their commitment to all the noble ideas".
Dr. Mahathir's speech was noble and respectable but DAPSY calls on Dr.
Mahathir to put in practice what he said domestically. If we want the world
to respect Malaysia and take Dr. Mahathir's speech seriously, then the
Barisan Nasional government must demonstrate their commitment to all the
Although no Malaysians will deny the contributions of Dr. Mahathir in
economic and infrastructure development in the country in his 22-years
premiership, he must realize that he has fared badly in the subject of
democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights.
His legacy as the longest-serving Prime Minister of Malaysia will be more
meaningful if in the last 22 years, he has abolish the Internal Security
Act, the Official Secrets Act, the Sedition Act, UUCA and all other
draconian laws, nurtured a vibrant and meaningful participatory democracy,
ensured a truly independent judiciary and created a culture of
zero-tolerance to corruptions in all levels of government.
Dr. Mahathir who will leave office at the end of next month will have no
chance to demonstrate what he said anymore. The buck is now passed to Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity of the new Prime Minister to
carry out and demonstrate to the world what Dr. Mahathir preached to the
* Loke Siew Fook, DAPSY National Secretary