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All eyes on the old versus new guard
Emmanuel Samarathisa | 12 Oct 2018 00:30
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a hard man to please. Those who had worked with him for 22 years during his first stint as PM under the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will attest to that.

So several months into his second stint as PM, this time at the helm of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, it was not surprising that Mahathir expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of his ministers. “I’m not satisfied. If possible, I want (something that has been directed) to be settled yesterday, not today,” he said.

The PM, while admitting that many of the ministers were new, said he needed to work fast. “I need some people who have some experience to sort out things. The new ministers don’t even know the kind of responsibilities they have in the ministries.”

Such acerbic remarks are vintage Mahathir. This is the man who is known to be a stickler for discipline and a workaholic. Despite being 93, he has successfully traipsed across continents, speaking at one meeting after another. His frenetic pace has been the talk of his younger cabinet counterparts such as Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Defence Minister Mohammad Sabu, who remarked that keeping up with the nonagenarian is exhausting.


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