Dr Mahathir fighting rogue windmills – as quixotic as Presidents Trump and Xi.
Reuters reported on 22 May 2019 that China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilizing, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavors.
“We cannot but help be reminded by Don Quixote, depicted in Cervante’s writing, who was all geared up and belligerently ready to tilt at windmills,” Li said, referring to Spain’s most famous work of literature, a 17th century work by Miguel de Cervantes.“
Don Quixote” is the story of an errant, daydreaming knight and his faithful servant Sancho Panza. The hero attacks windmills, believing them to be giants, making his name a byword for attacking imaginary enemies.
In a fiction biographical novel of short stories, “Uncle Zed’s Trusted Quirk Tales”, both U.S. Trump and China’s Xi are referred as quixotic too. However they are deemed quixotic as they attacked rogue windmills to safeguard national needs.
Dr Mahathir is also thought as quixotic, and presented are some excerpts as follows:
Chapter 1 extracts: Fast forward, the 10 of May 2019 was a reckoning morning for Uncle Zed, as his younger consulting colleagues fondly disguised the lone wolf epithet they depicted for his quixotic personage. Malaysia’s ruling party of sixty years Barisan Nasional (BN) had suffered a gigantic loss to Dr Mahathir’s leadership of the new coalition party Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 9 May 2018 General Elections.
After a year the euphoria had turned to just hopeful that PH would turn things around in view of financial mismanagement by the scandal-plagued previous government of Najib Razak at the helm. Uncle Zed was given the daunting job to help turn around Golden Airways.
Chapter 4 extracts: Relative to The Good Country Index, are there world economic developments tilted for the future of humanity? A call circa 24 October 2018 for a Marshall Plan for Africa is a prominent instance. The Czech Prime Minister made the suggestion because the European Union wanted to spend more than $11 billion on increasing the number of border officers from 1,500 to 10,000 for stopping illegal migrants particularly from that continent. Can citing world developments help reflect some scriptural guidance in modern times?
Using a wide range of data circa 2015 from the U.N. and other international organizations, each country was given a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it was a net creditor to mankind circa 2015, a burden on the planet, or something in between.
Investment to prod up specific African economies can help deter the poverty stricken populace from seeking greener pastures abroad because most people prefer to stay put in their homeland. Other EU nations like Poland and Hungary also are opened on measures to persuade potential migrants to stay in Africa. In the grand scheme of things nationalistic objectives can also result in a greater good of others – the workings of universal energies at play. Some call them angels, they still constitute spiritual forces from God.
One poignant note of the Islamicity study of Scheherazade S Rehman and Hossein Askari is that most self-declared Islamic countries did not adhere to Islamic principles concerning economic, financial, political, legal, social and governance issues. Very provokingly it questions how man can live the true meaning of Islam. The true parameters are trust, justice, fairness, freedom. People do not lock their doors when they go out and yet no one trespasses the property. If you return a broken egg to the grocer he replaces it without question. People are honest in their dealings irrespective of the value of the transaction.
Their study of 208 countries assessed if they were governed on Islamic principles using criteria such as corruption, human liberties, financial systems, economic opportunity and economic freedom. Malaysia was ranked 38th, the highest among Muslim countries.
Andrej Babis the Czech prime minister had formed his ANO party in 2013 with the promise to end corruption. So does the 2018 new coalition PH government of Malaysia under Dr Mahathir.
The Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary and even Germany are almost on the verge of following the footsteps of neo-fascistic Italians as the rising tide of populism veer to prioritizing each country’s homeland needs. They will fight Brussels’ encroachment and for instance combat illegal migration by making the task of protecting Europe’s borders to respective nation states. The UK must also have a similar policy for its own homeland need.
. . . Australia and New Zealand on 18.11.18 indicated they will jointly fund a US$1.7 billion plan to increase electricity supply from 13% of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) eight million-strong population now to 70% by 2030. Australia is expected to give around A$572 million in development aid to PNG for the 2018-2019 period.
The aid donors could be seeking to counter China’s influence in the strategic Pacific region. During the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (Apec) annual summit in PNG, the opposition leader, Gary Juffa cited Malaysia’s Dr Mahathir scrapping China-linked projects worth hundreds of billions of ringgit by citing affordability issues. He warned that PNG could be unable to cope with Chinese BRI investments debt burdens.
After the Apec summit, Dr Mahathir mentioned to a congregation at Hohola Mosque in PGN about reading and understanding the Quran in your own language. “If you read the Quran, it will teach you what is the way of life for the Muslims. But if you go according to certain interpretations by leaders, then you may not be getting the right message that’s found in the Quran,” Dr Mahathir said. “The Quran should be the final guidance for us. Whenever we fail to understand or whenever we find teachings to be in doubt, go back to the Quran.”
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria not wanting to sign United Nation’s The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration agreement do not contradict our notion of right-wing governments focusing on their own respective homeland priorities. Macron’s European Army now is intrigued with Merkel joining in but Trump’s mocking response “Make France great again!” even surpass our alluring to most EU communities being alienated by any leader bent on Neverland federalism. In our book, the somewhat leader of lost EU commission boys, Macron could now bring the European Union to rue because of his view to possibly even defend against the U.S.
. . . Relative to economic systems and governing communities there must be consideration of the stage of development of any one nation and the circumstances of peace time or deluge of calamities and such. The scriptural principles do not lay out the specifics for a functioning economic system. They provide the broad guidelines for mankind to adhere to and no matter in what century the principles hold true.
The specific strategies and policies would then take consideration of the stage of development of any one nation, as well as current knowledge of the most prudent practices and supporting technology and prevailing financial resources relative to other nations, competing products, logistics leverages or shortcomings. Heaven is for those who are not high-handed – meaning arrogant to the extent of twisting God’s decrees and introducing own decrees to cause corruption on earth.
Obviously if the nation is at war or have just experienced famine or other adversities like financial turmoil, or it lacks expert resources and skilled population it cannot implement an economic framework which works for a more developed nation in peace time.
In a less developed nation where the shadow economy could dwarf the formal GDP the chance of success of good governance could rest with better education to uplift vicious cycle poverty and greater public works to exert direct intervention in fostering more responsible entrepreneurs who are more equitable to their charges. Measures must focus on the breakup of well-oiled circuits among the unscrupulous controlling elite.
There no longer is a need for a UK’s “special partnership” with the European Union and it’s a positive factor development for a reformed world order. Each nation ought to abide only by its own laws and unique homeland needs. Theresa May’s vision for Britain after Brexit now has to be a no-deal Brexit. Germany’s Merkel may try to upset the course by saying that a Brexit deal should be flexible. Where was she when Theresa May made her case on 22.9.17 in Florence? Why bend backwards to comply with Euro zone rulings?
The euro zone direction is an on-going restrain on new world order reform and British Prime Minister Theresa bent on renegotiating by the 29 March 2019 deadline is a dismal development because a no-deal Brexit would be a positive for new world order reform. After all the Czech prime minister would pass emergency legislation to ensure British citizens continued to have the same access to the republic.
Poland getting suspended because of political interference in its legal system; the Greeks pointing out a British no-deal Brexit would leave EU finances £10bn-a-year short and add “increased financial and political instability” to the nation are developments on which the UK politicians ought to leverage in convincing all and sundry that a no-deal Brexit is favorable. UK jobless rate falls to new 43 year-low. The Euro zone June industry output plunges. Macron leadership can look forward to French ports being excluded from European Commission plans for a new shipping route linking Ireland with the Continent post Brexit.
The premise of new world order headwinds in 2019 underscores nations surviving by learning in order to avoid crude madness that history has so far counted. A brighter future of humanity and advancement of the grand scheme of things will be shaped by peculiarly startling efforts of real action of world leaders as they balance their duty to their own citizens with their responsibility to the wider world.
. . . Dr Mahathir official visit to China in mid-August 2018 was to place his own affinity with China correctly when he clarified the burden of Chinese-backed projects initiated by the previous government. The construction of the East Coast Railway Line (ECRL) and the Suria Strategic Energy Resources (SSER) pipeline project were thought to be perverted. There was no suspicion that Beijing did not act in good faith thus things ought to be sorted out. China’s support for Malaysia’s palm oil would help and a bilateral trade payment in ringgit and yuan agreement will upend new Chinese direct investments.
Following the revival of ECRL and Dr Mahathir’s bilateral talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang in the 25-27 April 2019 One Belt, One Road summit China will purchase more palm oil from Malaysia to meet good demand from its 1.4 billion population. Malaysia exported 3.07 million tonnes of palm oil and palm products with a total value of RM8.38 billion to China in 2018. This was 7.3% more than 2.86 million tonnes of palm oil in 2017.
. . . Realpolitik in Malaysia in 2019 continued with race, religion and royalty issues. Indeed not being cozy on the dais Dr Mahathir, Malaysia’s Prime Minister expressed his thoughts on governance: “The world does not live on religion and race alone. This is illogical and emotional. This government does not understand the need to accept global standards on humanity and human rights. The country will soon find itself alone, yet it wants to trade and build diplomacy. The government should not be cowed by threats, and focus instead on the opportunity to earn international standing and respect. Unless they intend to commit serious crimes against humanity, genocide or war crimes, I do not see why any country should be afraid of the Rome Statute.”
Pundits voicing against the newly elected Harapan government’s fluidity of tactics in giving in so easily: “Disappointed is an understatement. This government is nothing more than a circus. Mahathir, just don’t ever ratify any international treaty as whatever treaty it will somehow affect the monarch, Malay rights and the sanctity of Islam in ‘Bolehland’.
. . . All in all for Dr Mahathir symmetry is more attractive to not sticking your necks out. In April 2019 He repeated what he had said in 1985 about the Raja-Raja Melayu. Granting Rulers absolute power may lead to them advancing their personal interests instead of their states. He highlighted the times the Malay Rulers ceded states to the British and the “selling off” of Singapore to the British. “This is what happens if we give absolute power to the rulers. They may put their own interests before their states’. It is to save the rakyat — for the rakyat to choose their own representatives, who can be voted out (of power) if they do not perform.” He also criticized the Malay feudal mindset that believed the Malay Rulers could not be questioned even if they made mistakes or violated rule of law. “Are we willing for this to continue? The rakyat is afraid of not serving the rulers, and when the rulers act beyond the constitution, it is the rakyat who become the victims. “This is the problem we have now. If we are willing to lose democracy and the parliamentary system, then let’s stop having elections.”
With regards to the Rome Statute Dr Mahathir had concluded in March 2019 that the Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail was entitled to his own opinion on the Rome Statute. “He is not an elected representative. He only speaks for himself.”
Chapter 5 extracts: The Islamic State had a puritanical vision of Islam which even threatened the nation which millions of Muslims make pilgrimage every year. Any pictorial representation or shrine was considered as revering something other than Allah. A Mosul resident proudly said after Islamic State took control there was no corruption and knowing the right people and pulling strings was eliminated. Radicalized youths and the jobless citizens were convinced they were on the right track.
Thus the Dr Mahathir focus on Malaysia socio-economic imbalances is meritorious. On 19 October 2018 the World Bank’s country manager for Malaysia opinionated “we were quite happy when we heard the speech” on the 11th Malaysia Plan mid-term review, which placed emphasis on social protection.
The face of a leader radiates from the bliss of submission and he or she is akin to a field crop which puts forth its shoot so well that it swells up and grows thick enough to stand straight on its stalk in the way farmers admire, so that unscrupulous folks are exasperated. Note that those who repent merely repenting with their tongues get them nowhere. There must acts of practical righteous deeds.
Anyone whose evil actions seem very alluring has gone astray. Some have taken as their god their vain desires because they want to hold on to their prejudices; or that their king or prophet is the greatest or that their race and religious sect is the best. Instead you should humble yourself and focus on virtuousness.
The orderly way of life (central message of the scriptures) would manifest in existence of various centers catering to charity, care of the aged and orphans, public shelters or health clinics, and such instead of superficial boastful proclamation of having more chapels, temples, mosques and other ‘holy sites’ in every district.