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Contemporaries adore Mahathir Muhammad

Muhammad Quamrul Islam
 
It is a matter of rejoice for us as septuagenarian in this region who read History  as student and observed in  career  that Mahathir at age 92 has again assumed the responsibility of Prime Minister of Malaysia inflicting electoral victory on May 10,2018, removing the ruling regime tainted with corruption scandals. He led the opposition alliance Pakatan Harpan i.e.   Alliance of Hope won 113 seats and ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has 79 in the222-member Parliament. The opposition also swept state elections.
The defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak accepted the verdict of the people that marked the end of ruling Barisan coalition’s 60-year grip in power. A Malaysian columnist hoped Umno/ BN would now use its time in the wilderness to cleanse and reform it and come back to life again as a strong, credible and honourable opposition. It owes that much, at least to the nation, for democracy to thrive need a strong opposition.
Currently serving as the seventh Prime Minister Mahathir has started to implement ruling Pakatan Harpan agenda for change i.e. Trustworthy and clean governance, repeal of oppressive laws, an end to corruption and economic policies that truly serve the people. He initiated the process; freed Anwar Ibrahim from jail after King pardoned him who built opposition against the previous regime.  Anwar’s wife ably worked for opposition which has been recognized and rewarded. Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission has asked former leader Najib Razak face charges of billion dollar misappropriation and money laundering. 
Mahathir’s graceful return to power to restore rule of law in Malaysia was an instant reminder to us what a life he lived for progeny to follow at home and abroad to make a better world.  In 1981 he rose politically in democratic course and assumed responsibility of Prime Minister and served till 2003 in same flavor made Malaysia a developed country from underdevelopment and retired voluntarily. Under his leadership the ruling party won five parliamentary elections consecutively formed government.  Each time came out successful in election with fresh mandate of the people gave a new look of Malaysia. 
It was possible due to coordinated efforts of the people of Malaysia, no magic or formulae, reached the present stage, he said.  He facilitated two successors democratically; who rose to power; when needed he opposed upholds morality as the current scenario reveals. Since independence Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia. The economy has been traditionally fuelled by its natural resources and is expanding in the sectors of science, industrial development market economy, trade and tourism.
The fruits of development have been equitably distributed among the people, which also helped its trade partners including us as developments attracted workers to earn in Malaysia where more than five lakh Bangladeshis reportedly are now working sent remittances at home which in turn contributed to local progresses here. The total area of Malaysia is almost four times of Bangladesh and its population less than one-third of us. Malaysian education system is well placed and functional for the benefit of all citizens. Malaysian health care system is regarded as one of the best in world.
Mahathir’s aptitude for politics was apparent from his very childhood and learning. Born in a middle class family on July10, 1925 he learnt discipline from his father and got religious education from his mother read Holy Quran at home. He was a meritorious student kept contacts with different parties and United Malay National Organization or UNMO. He is a medical graduate from the King Edward V11 Medical College of Singapore, returned home and commenced job as physician in 1953 with determination to do something new for his country.
In 1964 he was first elected to Parliament as a member of UMNO, the dominant party within the ruling coalition. The New Economic Policy adopted by the government in 1971 to improve economics conditions of Malays contained many ideas that Mahathir advocated and implemented it successfully, increased growth rate over 20 years. Its aim was to ameliorate poverty of all without any discrimination and create new wealth in economic activities. After its completion, 10 year   New Development Policy was taken up, kept up prosperity with growing manufacturing sector, an expanding middle class, raising literacy rates and increased life expectancy.
He is not only successful in matters of policy and ideology; he is an exceptional Prime Minister in the world. Throughout his period it was prohibited to name any institution after his name. Mahathir is deeply devoted to Islam in his family line and written Islam religion is a part of our life. There is no reason to leave it.  Properly interpreted religion can never be obstacle to economic growth.  The teachings of Islam are taken in contemporary view. Islam is not only seventh century religion. Surely it is for all time. His interpretation resonate the mind of the people.
It is found education reform was bold step of Mahathir changed Malaysia.  From the very beginning of his political life emphasized sound education system for the country, which received priority. In 1974 he was elected MP and Education Minister, declared no education institution be named in his name and no photo be hanged in education institutions or government offices. While on it, one cannot but say in what chaos, corruption and violence in campus Bangladesh education system has fallen after 1971 mainly due to University teachers’ partisan politics in the name of autonomy allowed. It is known to this region and world high altitude of academic and democratic excellence in our country.
Our best regards to Mahathir Malaysia.
 
The writer is an elderly economist, advocate and social activist.
E-mail:mqislambd@hotmail.com 

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Muhammad Quamrul Islam
 
It is a matter of rejoice for us as septuagenarian in this region who read History  as student and observed in  career  that Mahathir at age 92 has again assumed the responsibility of Prime Minister of Malaysia inflicting electoral victory on May 10,2018, removing the ruling regime tainted with corruption scandals. He led the opposition alliance Pakatan Harpan i.e.   Alliance of Hope won 113 seats and ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has 79 in the222-member Parliament. The opposition also swept state elections.
The defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak accepted the verdict of the people that marked the end of ruling Barisan coalition’s 60-year grip in power. A Malaysian columnist hoped Umno/ BN would now use its time in the wilderness to cleanse and reform it and come back to life again as a strong, credible and honourable opposition. It owes that much, at least to the nation, for democracy to thrive need a strong opposition.
Currently serving as the seventh Prime Minister Mahathir has started to implement ruling Pakatan Harpan agenda for change i.e. Trustworthy and clean governance, repeal of oppressive laws, an end to corruption and economic policies that truly serve the people. He initiated the process; freed Anwar Ibrahim from jail after King pardoned him who built opposition against the previous regime.  Anwar’s wife ably worked for opposition which has been recognized and rewarded. Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission has asked former leader Najib Razak face charges of billion dollar misappropriation and money laundering. 
Mahathir’s graceful return to power to restore rule of law in Malaysia was an instant reminder to us what a life he lived for progeny to follow at home and abroad to make a better world.  In 1981 he rose politically in democratic course and assumed responsibility of Prime Minister and served till 2003 in same flavor made Malaysia a developed country from underdevelopment and retired voluntarily. Under his leadership the ruling party won five parliamentary elections consecutively formed government.  Each time came out successful in election with fresh mandate of the people gave a new look of Malaysia. 
It was possible due to coordinated efforts of the people of Malaysia, no magic or formulae, reached the present stage, he said.  He facilitated two successors democratically; who rose to power; when needed he opposed upholds morality as the current scenario reveals. Since independence Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia. The economy has been traditionally fuelled by its natural resources and is expanding in the sectors of science, industrial development market economy, trade and tourism.
The fruits of development have been equitably distributed among the people, which also helped its trade partners including us as developments attracted workers to earn in Malaysia where more than five lakh Bangladeshis reportedly are now working sent remittances at home which in turn contributed to local progresses here. The total area of Malaysia is almost four times of Bangladesh and its population less than one-third of us. Malaysian education system is well placed and functional for the benefit of all citizens. Malaysian health care system is regarded as one of the best in world.
Mahathir’s aptitude for politics was apparent from his very childhood and learning. Born in a middle class family on July10, 1925 he learnt discipline from his father and got religious education from his mother read Holy Quran at home. He was a meritorious student kept contacts with different parties and United Malay National Organization or UNMO. He is a medical graduate from the King Edward V11 Medical College of Singapore, returned home and commenced job as physician in 1953 with determination to do something new for his country.
In 1964 he was first elected to Parliament as a member of UMNO, the dominant party within the ruling coalition. The New Economic Policy adopted by the government in 1971 to improve economics conditions of Malays contained many ideas that Mahathir advocated and implemented it successfully, increased growth rate over 20 years. Its aim was to ameliorate poverty of all without any discrimination and create new wealth in economic activities. After its completion, 10 year   New Development Policy was taken up, kept up prosperity with growing manufacturing sector, an expanding middle class, raising literacy rates and increased life expectancy.
He is not only successful in matters of policy and ideology; he is an exceptional Prime Minister in the world. Throughout his period it was prohibited to name any institution after his name. Mahathir is deeply devoted to Islam in his family line and written Islam religion is a part of our life. There is no reason to leave it.  Properly interpreted religion can never be obstacle to economic growth.  The teachings of Islam are taken in contemporary view. Islam is not only seventh century religion. Surely it is for all time. His interpretation resonate the mind of the people.
It is found education reform was bold step of Mahathir changed Malaysia.  From the very beginning of his political life emphasized sound education system for the country, which received priority. In 1974 he was elected MP and Education Minister, declared no education institution be named in his name and no photo be hanged in education institutions or government offices. While on it, one cannot but say in what chaos, corruption and violence in campus Bangladesh education system has fallen after 1971 mainly due to University teachers’ partisan politics in the name of autonomy allowed. It is known to this region and world high altitude of academic and democratic excellence in our country.
Our best regards to Mahathir Malaysia.
 
The writer is an elderly economist, advocate and social activist.
E-mail:mqislambd@hotmail.com 

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Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues joins BDS, boycotts Israeli festival

Special Correspondent
 
The artistic director of Portugal’s national theater was planning to perform in Israel beginning June with his theatrical performance entitled ‘By Heart.’ 
Rodrigues wrote that he “decided to join the cultural boycott of Israel, convinced that global and collective pressure might produce similar results to the boycott of South Africa during apartheid,” the Haaretz reported. 
The Israel Festival released a statement saying that they were sorry the artist chose to take “a one-sided political stance regarding a complicated conflict.” 
Rodrigues pointed out that “after giving a series of interviews to Israeli media about my visit to the country, it was brought to my attention that the official communications by the Israel Festival announced that this year’s edition “marks the State of Israel’s 70th year of independence.” 
The 41-year-old Portuguese director known for his political commentary also condemned Israel’s silence over the recent carnage at the Gaza border, which has left hundreds killed and thousands injured over the past few weeks. 
“The mention of this celebration by the festival is not accompanied by a single word of criticism to the State of Israel for its conduct towards Palestinians during the last 70 years,” Rodrigues added. “This is a statement of political significance of which I was not informed when I was invited to perform in the festival. I do not accept the use of my artistic work for political purposes without my agreement.”
“I have also noticed that the festival organization... is silent about the unacceptable acts of violence ordered by this same government against Palestinians. Considering the rise of the number of victims in the last months, as well as the massacre of dozens of civilians by gunfire of the Israeli armed forces (that injured more than two thousand people and hundreds of Palestinian children among them) during the recent protests against the opening of the USA Embassy in Jerusalem, such omission is deeply troubling and I cannot stand by it,” he said, according to Haaretz. 
“I have been advised by trusted friends and colleagues and I have also read statements by many artists and intellectuals, several of them Israeli. I also witness the terrible violent actions the Israeli government is currently perpetrating. I understand now that a clear position is absolutely necessary.”

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Special Correspondent
 
The artistic director of Portugal’s national theater was planning to perform in Israel beginning June with his theatrical performance entitled ‘By Heart.’ 
Rodrigues wrote that he “decided to join the cultural boycott of Israel, convinced that global and collective pressure might produce similar results to the boycott of South Africa during apartheid,” the Haaretz reported. 
The Israel Festival released a statement saying that they were sorry the artist chose to take “a one-sided political stance regarding a complicated conflict.” 
Rodrigues pointed out that “after giving a series of interviews to Israeli media about my visit to the country, it was brought to my attention that the official communications by the Israel Festival announced that this year’s edition “marks the State of Israel’s 70th year of independence.” 
The 41-year-old Portuguese director known for his political commentary also condemned Israel’s silence over the recent carnage at the Gaza border, which has left hundreds killed and thousands injured over the past few weeks. 
“The mention of this celebration by the festival is not accompanied by a single word of criticism to the State of Israel for its conduct towards Palestinians during the last 70 years,” Rodrigues added. “This is a statement of political significance of which I was not informed when I was invited to perform in the festival. I do not accept the use of my artistic work for political purposes without my agreement.”
“I have also noticed that the festival organization... is silent about the unacceptable acts of violence ordered by this same government against Palestinians. Considering the rise of the number of victims in the last months, as well as the massacre of dozens of civilians by gunfire of the Israeli armed forces (that injured more than two thousand people and hundreds of Palestinian children among them) during the recent protests against the opening of the USA Embassy in Jerusalem, such omission is deeply troubling and I cannot stand by it,” he said, according to Haaretz. 
“I have been advised by trusted friends and colleagues and I have also read statements by many artists and intellectuals, several of them Israeli. I also witness the terrible violent actions the Israeli government is currently perpetrating. I understand now that a clear position is absolutely necessary.”

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