After Dr Mahathir Mohamad explained his reasons for still being active in politics and not spending time with his grandchildren though being a decade shy of turning 100, another grandfather has responded to Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Lim Kit Siang said he is thinking not only of his grandchildren, but those of all Malaysians.
On a sarcastic note, the DAP leader also thanked Nazri for being so solicitous over his welfare in suggesting that he should be caring for his grandchildren in his twillight years.
"But Nazri cannot be more wrong, for we should not just think of our grandchildren, but also about the grandchildren of all Malaysians.
"I call on all Malaysians, regardless of age, to transcend race, religion or region, to be solicitous of the national welfare and should involve themselves in ensuring that the country is a better place of our grandchildren and their children," he added.
Lim also revealed he had posted Nazri's suggestion on his Facebook, and the majority of commentators had urged him not to heed the minister's advice.
The 75-year-old lawmaker also took a stroll down memory lane, contrasting the Malaysia he had experienced as a schoolboy to the state of the nation at present.
Back then, he said, there were no significant religious problems.
"But today, religious polarisation has joined racial polarisation as among the greatest threats to the Malaysian nation-building process," he added in a media statement.
Lim also claimed that when he was in school, corruption was a rare problem.
"But today, Malaysia has distinguished itself as a global kleptocracy, the subject of the largest kleptocratic action by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) with regard to the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB kleptocratic money-laundering scandal," he added.
On education, Lim said when he was in school, the nation's education system, primary, secondary and tertiary, were among the best in the world.
"Today, Malaysia was caught cheating in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2015 causing Malaysia to be excluded in the Pisa 2015 rankings for mathematics, science and reading subjects although we had no difficulties when taking part in the PISA tests, regarded as world’s school report, in 2009 and 2012.
"For university education, we had fallen from top world-class standards to a level where we had to pick and choose university-rankings providers so as to ensure Malaysian universities are not excluded," he added.
On the economic front, Lim said Malaysia has lost its place during Merdeka when it was the most developed country in Asia after Japan.
Malaysia, however, has since lost out to countries like South Korea and Taiwan which were much poorer than Malaysia in the fifties and have now become developed and prosperous nations.
"Not to mention Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which have so outdistanced us. More mortifying, Malaysia is in danger of being overtaken by Vietnam and Thailand while other countries like Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar are closing their gaps with Malaysia," he added.
Lim claimed that Malaysia is in danger of becoming a failed and rogue state.
"We do not want the grandchildren of Malaysians to grow up to be citizens of a failed and rogue state – this is why grandparents today must do their part to save Malaysia to avoid such an outcome," he added.- Mkini