The grand old man of Malaysia.
Being a law student, I've heard about Tun Dr Mahathir's role in the 1988 constitutional crisis. Being a law student, I've heard about how the grand old man of Malaysia completely ignored the doctrine of the separation of powers. Being a law student, I've heard an earful of things negative about the former Prime Minister.
Being a Malaysian, I've seen the great things Tun Dr Mahathir did for the country. Being a Malaysian, I am living the comfortable life I am living because of him. Being a Malaysian, I have Tun Dr Mahathir to thank.
Being a Malay, I have seen how Tun Dr Mahathir helped his people. Being a Malay, I have seen how Tun Dr Mahathir fought for our rights. Being a Malay, I have also seen and heard some Malays calling him a traitor to his own people.
Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad. Loved and loathed by many. He may have done some wrong, but my god has he done so many rights. Look around you. Your comfortable life is testament to this.
When a man dies, the mark of his greatness can be seen by the sheer number of people that will shed tears during his funeral. When Tun Razak died, Malaysians of all color and creed queued up to attend his funeral and pay their last respects to his body, which was lying in state. He was a great man. A fighter and a patriot.
Believe me, when Tun Dr Mahathir finally leaves this world, Malaysia will cry. And so will I.