Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recently asserted that former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed is not like former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Let’s take a look shall we……
- THEY ARE BOTH POWER HUNGRY
As was widely reported by international media Mr. Mugabe tried to cling on to power but was eventually forced to resign. He ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years. Likewise our former strongman is keen to RETURN to power after having ruled Malaysia for 22 years. Quite simply both men find it difficult to relinquish power.
- BOTH MEN WANT TO INSTALL A FAMILY MEMBER
Grace Mugabe was rumored to be politically ambitious and was eager to succeed her husband. Of course Mugabe has a history of firing his vice presidents – Emmerson Mnangagwa and before that Joice Mujuru – in a bid to clear the path for his wife. Similarly Tun Dr. Mahathir too shares a long history of sacking his deputies. Perhaps to help advance his equally ambitious politician son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
- ADVERSE TO DEMOCRACY
Both men ruled with an iron fist and are notorious for their contempt of press freedom while in power. Tun Dr. Mahathir famously demonized the foreign media. He repeatedly blocked the circulation of international news magazines that featured articles he deemed unfavorable about Malaysia. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe journalists covering protests, corruption and other stories challenging the government faced harassment, imprisonment and even assault by Mugabe. Under both men opposition members in their respective countries were often thrown into jail.
- ACCUMULATED WEALTH WHILE IN POWER
The respective family members of both men have been known to flaunt their inexplicable wealth. Local Zimbabweans nicknamed Mugabe’s wife as Gucci Grace while Tun Dr. Mahathir’s son Mokhzani Mahathir has made it on the Forbes list of the few rich Malays in the country. Malaysians have also demanded that Datuk Seri Mukhriz explain his wealth.
- BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER
Did you know Tun Dr. Mahathir and Mugabe are best buddies? They are thisclose that Tun M reportedly gave a lavish gift to Mugabe for the construction of the latter’s 25-bedroom mansion. Malaysia was also one of only four countries to block Britain’s move to expel Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth for Mugabe’s ruling party alleged role in sponsoring violence against opposition members. Not only did the two men share much in common they have a very personal relationship.