For past few years, many Mahathir Mohamad detractors have described the former premier as either a senile old man or an old man going senile.
This unpleasant remark can be heard in social media networks and coffee shop chats among friends.
Now a federal minister has highlighted the issue.
Indeed, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz went one further today, suggesting that Mahathir was “really stupid”.
Nazri said this when commenting on the former prime minister’s allegation that the government did not have enough money to finance Budget 2017.
He said Mahathir should just keep quiet and not to criticise the government as his remarks were indicative of someone going senile.
“If the government doesn’t have money, how are we going to run the country next year?
“Tell him, just to shut up. Better for him to keep quiet than people think he is stupid. He opens his mouth and we can confirm that he is really stupid,” Nazri told reporters when met in Parliament.
The Umno supreme council member said Mahathir’s attacks were driven by his anger towards Prime Minister Najib Razak for removing his son Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah menteri besar and from Umno.
“He is going senile. He is driven by this revenge towards Najib for ousting his son,” said Nazri, adding that he would spare Mahathir since the former premier was “going senile”.
“He is throwing a tantrum. Whatever he has done in the past year has not affected Najib. So he is taking cheap shots,” slammed Nazri, who fired a broadside at Mahathir’s party, Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia (Pribumi).
He said Pribumi was an Umno splinter party and would disappear into thin air in two years’ time.
He asked on how the party can be ‘bersatu’ (united) when it was split from the main party, Umno.
“If you look at the creation of the party also you know that they are not united. It’s just showing how low class these people are,” fired Nazri.
In his blog posting today, Mahathir claimed that the government does not have enough in its coffers to provide sufficient allocations required to run the country.