Mahathir boldly states: “The people of Singapore must be tired of having the same government since independence”

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Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a bold statement during a recent interview with The Financial Times, seemingly taking a jibe at the ruling party here.

92-year-old Dr Mahathir made history earlier this month by defeating the incumbent at the polls and ushering in Malaysia’s first transition of power since independence, at the watershed 2018 Malaysian General Election.

Mahathir, who helped establish the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power and served as Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, stepped out of retirement and left the ruling party to lead the opposition. Breaking the BN’s six-decade long monopoly, Mahathir beat his one-time protégé Najib Razak and became the world’s oldest head of government.

Implying that the stunning election upset he led across the causeway may have a ripple effect in Singapore, Dr Mahathir said: “I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence.”

Dr Mahathir’s bold remark comes amid widespread speculation that his recent victory at the polls may have a dampening effect on relations between Malaysia in Singapore. Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that he met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for just 30 minutes after Lee travelled all the way to Putrajaya to congratulate him on his electoral win.

More recently, Dr Mahathir’s announcement that Malaysia is pulling out of the widely anticipated KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project has contributed to talk that the strained relations Singapore and Malaysia shared before Mahathir retired and came back might return.

At the press conference where he announced that Malaysia is pulling out of the multibillion-dollar project, Dr Mahathir was asked whether the decision has been communicated to Singapore. He simply told reporters, “I don’t know.”

The Ministry of Transport here said – after the world got to know about Malaysia’s plans to scrap the project – that it has yet to receive official confirmation from Malaysia.

Singaporeans shower praise upon Mahathir for scrapping KL-Singapore HSR project

165 COMMENTS

  1. Am indeed very tired of PAP…has been tired of PAP Long before the Malaysians were tired of BN. However Singaporeans are just not as courageous and intelligent as Malaysians…either too scare to vote or too stupid to see what is going on.

    • Peter Liu coz you are Malaysian so you will reap the benefits from us.. when you save enough of OUR money, you will run back across and exchange it for 3x to the ringgit.. definitely you will vote PAP.
      What if we turn the table the other way?

    • Shouldn’t we just be voting for the best people (and cabinet mix) without favouring one party in its entirety? While I find the PAP MP in my area irksome and refuse to vote for him, I do like several PAP MPs, just like how I like several representatives from opposition parties. Ruling out the entire party is like saying that just because your uncle and maybe a few nephews did something wrong, the entire family including all relatives must be bad.

    • The Malaysians who come over to Singapore are into 2 camps. The 1st camp consists of Malaysians who hold PR status and their objective is exactly what Donovan Ashley mentioned, earn as much S$ and use the 1 to 3 exchange rate to increase their net worth. This group will eventually pack up and go back permanently to Malaysia after they think they have earned enough. The second camp of Malaysians are those who have taken up Singaporea citizenship. Because they have been marginalized as a minority (most are Malaysian Chinese) back in Malaysia, they see that everything that Singapore PAP government has done, is much better than what the Malaysian government has done so they are blind to everything else. To this 2nd camp, clear your mind and hear this out. The Singapore PAP government doesnt discriminate or side anyone that chooses to be in Singapore, their policies are to 1st give U a drumstick bait and take back a chicken from U. The Singapore PAP government will eventually be the one who reap whatever benefits they have given U earlier, U. Everyone here are just pawns in their game. The banker always win, never loses. Of course there will be some Malaysian converted to Singapore citizens who will join the Singapore PAP government service and join them in dishing out policies to suck everyone dry, as seen by some ex-Malaysian-now-Singaporean MPs in our cabinet now.

    • Gamo Ticon There is a great social divide due to large income disparity in Singapore. The rich or upper middle income, have been living life as usual on their landed, semi, condo etc purchased in earlier years, drive their own cars and likely to be business owners, professionals etc. Lives of this group has never changed much and some may even have benfitted from increasing foreigners’ interest in Singapore property landscape through en bloc sales and therefore increasing their wealth. On the other hand, the middle and rest of Singaporeans lives in HDB, take public transport, are employees and therefore this group will face the competition from increasing number of foreigners for jobs, space, HDB prices, medical etc. Therefore these 2 groups have 2 perceptions of how well the Singapore government is performing and 1st group will not be able to understand what the 2nd group is going through and vice versa resulting in the differences in opinions. Sometimes politics is a dirty game and instead on bridging the differences between the 2 groups, leveraging on the difference will continue to keep a existing government in power or in short for its self serving ie selfish purpose.

    • Daphne Lee The comments from most foreigners-turned- citizens including Malaysians just show clearly the difference in perspectives and needs compared to those who are true blue Singaporeans. Similarities between Malaysians and Singapore stop at food, culture etc. Discounting Malaysians who have relatives in Singapore, those Malaysians who dont, come here for economic gains, just like foreigners from other countries. Most Singaporeans are helpful and friendly but they should learn to be more selective as being nice to others doesn’t mean others will be nice to U. The logic is along the line of the popular PAP government saying that paying high salaries will remove corruption. It depends on the character of the other party, your action towards them doesnt equate to an similar reaction.

  2. Dr M do what he has to do. But don’t rock the boat not wise after all he is political he bring up 2PM just to bring them down ! Far sighted ? Doing good to Msia? Taking its citizens for a wild goose chase? Now rocking Spore? SG not tired of same government tired of incompetent 4G government. Singapore have not forgotten we came along way to want to rock our peace to pieces! The unwillingness to see the worst of SG that’s why so much ‘shouts n cries from her citizens hopefully the 4G come to their senses!

  3. I do recall very clearly that both LKY & Tun Dr Mahathir having said that the collapse of the incumbent govt will come sooner or later. LKY did say that one fine day the citizens will get tired of how the ruling party runs the country and will say that…enough is enough.let’s try out the other party/parties that are available. If it works, it works.if it doesnt work, the citizens can keep choosing for the right and proper govt.

  4. Dogtor Mahathir, just put ur own hse in order first n rescue ur bankrupt national economy n failed corrupt country b4 preaching to others…..spore defintely doesnt want to follow ur footstep down the road……

  5. You can’t change a leopard’s spots. He is up to his old tricks again. Give him another year’s time to settle down and we can expect more nonsense from him. Scrapping the HSR is just for starters. Singaporeans can also look forward to crossing a crooked bridge for their cheapo shopping fix. First in the world for a crooked bridge. Even China don’t even dare to have a crooked bridge because they are level headed people. Not some meat loaf.

  6. Dogtor Mahathir, just put ur own hse in order first n rescue ur bankrupt national economy n failed corrupt country b4 preaching to others…..spore defintely doesnt want to follow ur footstep down the shithole……

  7. Yes we are tired of the same crap they feed us daily but I hope that soon will emerge a unifying personality that can articulate our desires and unify all opposition forces to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent with a view to cut their 2/3 parliamentary majority with the ultimate aim of taking over the govt.

  8. Yes 4G leaders are only capable of seeing $$$, pass all the buck to citz to pay plus profit for their Cronies companies recent one contactless cash card now cost $5/- before $2/- does a cash card cost so much? How about the advance money paid to cash card value. Cashcard company is monopoly, so no competition. Fare or not? Who’s making the profited?

  9. Why should it be off to a to rocky start just bc Tun M wishes that Mysia withdraws from HSR amongst other projects that can ruin Malaysia
    If the role of msm is to make “fake news” then should not publication like TSIG fill the gap instead of merely being a reaction??
    Peter Soh
    What’s your take?

    • My take? Each of our countries have different systems and different levels of economic standard. First world/third world. Singaporeans have more to lose if we experiment with a leader or party we don’t know. Malaysians are already there at the bottom. It takes very little for them to make a change even with Mahathir, whom they had issues with when he was PM. But like LKY said, there will come a time when the people will want a change when either the incumbent has deteriorated or the opposition has become more credible to take over the government. The time has come. And it’s not either or, it’s both. Malaysia has shown that without a government they have known since independence, the country did not go to the dogs. A favourite threat often used by the PAP. Our people are more alike than most would think. Almost everyone except the new citizens in Singapore have a relative in Malaysia. They get first-hand info and the feedback they get is it tastes good. So I think we are in for a similar change.

  10. Each of our countries have different systems and different levels of economic standard. First world/third world. Singaporeans have more to lose if we experiment with a leader or party we don’t know. Malaysians are already there at the bottom. It takes very little for them to make a change even with Mahathir, whom they had issues with when he was PM. But like LKY said, there will come a time when the people will want a change when either the incumbent has deteriorated or the opposition has become more credible to take over the government. The time has come. And it’s not either or, it’s both. Malaysia has shown that without a government they have known since independence, the country did not go to the dogs. A favourite threat often used by the PAP. Our people are more alike than most would think. Almost everyone except the new citizens in Singapore have a relative in Malaysia. They get first-hand info and the feedback they get is it tastes good. So I think we are in for a similar change.

  11. A leader that bully it’s own citizens incessantly while affording fts accessibility will definitely not be welcome by all other leaders in their right mind. Only those corrupted, greedy and self serving ones would welcome the same type of evil personality. Hope sinkland can rid itself of all these greedy super white buggers immediately.

    • I’ve always advise friends who are unhappy with the Singapore Govt Go choose a country of your choice and stay for 3 to 6 months…..and decided for yourself…. at the end of the day they will surely come back. WHY?

  12. I’m not “tired of the ruling party”. I HATE the ruling PAP party because they don’t take care of us Singaporeans. They keep issuing more & more EP & S-Pass to foreigners & taking jobs away from Singaporeans. Foreigners are even taking away more office jobs in administration, finance etc, jobs that Singaporeans can & want to do. These so called “leaders” must be executed.

  13. Malaysians come to singapore to work.. They want malaysia to be like Singapore.. Mahatir knows that he cant make malaysia to be like Singapore, but he definetely knows that if Singapore changes government than definetely Singapore will become like Malaysia.. He wants Singapore collapse before he close his eyes.. We have so many jealous neighbours waiting to see Singapore collapse..

  14. Dr M should keep his political ambition to his side of territory and there is no need of him to poke his nose here. Whoever it is, govt of Singapore and its people are highly competent in running the nation and Dr M views are not welcome here..

    Long live Singapore and its friends.

  15. Why are most opinions centering around negative thoughts of “rocky” relationships between the new government of Malaysia and Singapore??? Singapore is solid as a rock. Mahatir has proven to be a good leader, we respect that and I am sure he will be able to bring Malaysia to greater height and that will auger well for everyone and pose no threats to Singapore. Let us live as good neighbours instead of projecting all negative shortcomings!!

  16. Very good now Spore can be trusted. Anything happened to you Seeking no help in this country la. Spore Hospital Doctor advised patient to do surgery. Dr said surgery is to prevent patient condition getting worse and worsen. After surgery performed by the doctor cause the patient permanently lose of earnings capacity. Hospital and doctor don’t bear for any responsibility. Shameless. Stilled expect people to respected.

  17. Someone must have discovered that someone is helping someone to hoard a bunch of illicit loot in some place, and when being asked to assist in returning these illicit loot he refuses to cooperate. Hence someone is now putting pressure on someone, cancelling a lot of questionable deals/agreements and calling him out to be overthrown

  18. Easy with this them versus us stuff . Not many countries have more in common with each other than Malaysia and Singapore. They prosper together. Walking around the streets of Penang is to be reminded of how sweet life was in Singapore back in the 70s.

  19. We are Singaporeans and should not be too hotheaded!! Yes there are national issues that need to be addressed. But your remarks and one from a senior statesman and a two time prime minister, are a let down and very insulting to all people of S’pore. We are glad you won, and look to you for better cooperation and elderly directions to younger leaders and neighbor . How dare you to instigate our people’s feeling. We were not fooled by you. Past is past, but you still harbored your feelings against this same nation.We want changes and we pray that our leaders will wake up now and do corrections. We hope you too show how a greater you can be. We pray for both countries to prosper together.

  20. Well, Singaporeans! Tired then change n elected a new party. My discerning question to all Singaporeans: “Due the damage done by LKY, are there any credible alternative party available to provide competent, incorruptible, intelligent, sound and committed leadership for Singapore”. Develop Workers Party or another n bring them to 35% of parliament to be a credible n responsible opposition. We don’t need a Dr M who has a coloured history of being a Mr 10% or the likes of Conservatives n Labour in UK or Liberals n Labour in Australia who leadership panders to buy votes…in these countries, there is no long term economic or social strategy and a good example is Australia, no Prime Minister sat long enough to even think 5 years: their solution to budget deficits is to increase taxes not economic growth ideas. Not should think Dr M is a Messiah for Malaysia woes, I pray he succeeds to bring a new clean, racially balanced n competent government to Malaysia and not revert to his old ways. Anwar would be a good PM when decides embark on that journey but PH like all coalitions are victims of fragmented interest or selfish interest groups! At the end of day, be careful what you wish for….(without care deliberation), you may get what you wish! Nightmare may start!

  21. only true blue citizens who are born here knows our white leeches in and out…for those new citizens and new PRs here who give praise to the white leeches…do hold your horses…you may not quite totally understand the true protocol of them…only years of expirence will tell…so good luck for praising them first…because one day you might curse them…

  22. I just wonder those who have supported Mahathir clarion call for Singaporeans to vote for the downfall of the PAP govt, how will they feel when come GE15, the Singapore PM issue a statement to encourage Malaysians to vote for the downfall of Pakatan Harapan government because since you have done it to BN, do it again on PH (even if PH govt did a great job in these 5 years)! Hmmm…Interesting.

  23. There are some jokers who are sore about Malaysia’s decision to scrap HSR. They loose face, the land sold at high prices on the premise of HSR is back firing and Malaysia is getting real people with serious intentions to revive their country. And they have started by removing GST and firing cronies. This are good start welcome by all Malaysians and many Singaporeans too. On contrary, here they want to increase GST ( what more, demand apology from opposition ) and want citizens to cough for new terminal and badly managed MRT. This is ridiculous when economy is struggling. The state propaganda is always saying otherwise. Thus this people want to use Dr M is bogey man to rally. They will not hesitate to play race card as well. Truth is Singaporeans are not that foolish anymore. Though we see few, more and more are getting disillusioned.

  24. I urged all Singaporean to ignore what this dying old man has said about Singapore. He is trying to stir shit among the Singaporean and the government. Singaporeans know what to do for the best of our country, we dun need outsider to tell us what to do. I shall see how this dying old man going to handle the one trillion ringgit of nation debt. He just can’t stand Singapore looking at the problems in Malaysia, therefore he is just trying to pull us down too. Singaporean won’t be stupid to fall into his trick.

  25. He is still the same government too. Just a lousy leader and all his successer went against him. Singapore just needs to stop investing the already 5 billion dollars invested and see how the cards start toppling. At 93 years old I would expect him to be smarter with his actions and words.

  26. We are a sovereign nation, why must we listen to an external party telling us how and who to vote for? Malaysia is what it is today due to his mistakes in the past…….now trying to right his wrongs……wish his country well………but please mind your own domestic affairs