Frankly Speaking

I was still a child when Tun Musa Hitam was the deputy prime minister of Malaysia. This book is his perspective of Malaysian history and politics.

I have no memory of most of the events that he writes about in this book. The ones I do remember, I only remember vaguely. I had little understanding of what was happening at the time.

One of the events I do remember was the Memali tragedy. But even then, what I gathered from the conversations of adults was confusing and made little sense to my young mind. In this book, Tun Musa Hitam detailed the events that took place prior to the tragedy and the extent of his involvement in it.

I remember a few months before Tun Musa Hitam’s resignation as deputy prime minister, there were rumours that the relationship between him and the prime minister was strained — rumours that both denied. Therefore, the nation was quite shocked when his resignation was announced. Tun Musa Hitam candidly explains what led him to that decision.

As I finished this book, I wondered if fate played a cruel joke on us Malaysians. May be our country would be on a totally different path now if Musa Hitam did become our prime minister.

For Malaysians, I think this is a must-read and you can get it from Kinokuniya.

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