Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the government must adapt to the changing environment and respond to an electorate that is increasingly intelligent.
"Today in this age, we are dealing with a very clever opposition. They are willing to question you, if they are not happy with what you do."
He joked that it was much more convenient for the people to be "slightly less intelligent" as they would not question the government but the reality is that intelligent people are required for the people's development.
"So we give a lot of scholarship and build universities... You can imagine there are hardly any idiots left in Malaysia, this gives the government a headache.
He added that while absolute freedom will create problems, the government must still react to such demands and determine the appropriate level of freedom for the people.
"Information technology is a headache for everyone. Fortunately during my time they were not so sophisticated but the present government faces not so much from the newspapers and television but it is the alternative media that is the problem."
Meanwhile,the Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee's view on Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 doesn't represent the views of the people, said de facto Law Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.
“The government is (formed) by representatives of the people. BN has 140 members of Parliament and there are some Independents who support us.
“I urge Lim to register the Bar Council as a political party and become the first to challenge me in Padang Rengas in the next general election,” said Nazri.
Lim had suggested that the PSC hold public hearings to source for feedback on the Bill and criticised the government for its “unholy haste” to pass the law.
More recently, the Deputy Sports Minister Razali Ibrahim blamed opposition leaders for the bad reception given Malaysian teams by Indonesian sports fans at the ongoing SEA Games in Jakarta.
"Why is it that they reserve such hatred for us? Why not Thailand? Why not others? It is not because of the perceived maltreatment of Indonesians locally.
The National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) was able to withdrawn its RM250 million soft loan from the government even before a contract with the government was signed.
“In this case, the money was disbursed in 2009 into a special account which needs the (relevant) ministry’s approval, to be withdrawn for the company’s operations.
“But only after the money was disbursed (in 2009) was the contract signed a year later in 2010,” Azmi told reporters.
And the list goes on and on....
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