KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak last night questioned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s intention to steer the country down the path of democracy.
He said the former prime minister, who was previously an autocrat and had believed in a strong government to protect the position of the Malays, was now conspiring with his one-time enemy, DAP.
“With this paradoxical political attitude, where exactly does Mahathir want to bring Malaysia? If it is towards a democratic state, wasn’t Najib (Prime Minister Najib Razak) democratic enough when he abolished the ISA (Internal Security Act) and amended the UUCA (Universities and University Colleges Act 1971)?
“If it is to create a Malaysian race, is Najib’s administration which is inclusive, people-centric and appreciative of diversity, still incomplete?
“If it is to fight against leakages and BN’s (Barisan Nasional’s) weakness in corporate governance, can’t Mahathir recall that the real leakages were actually the RM2.5 billion BMF (Bumiputra Malaysia Finance) scandal and the RM30 billion forex scandal that happened during his rule?
“This is the irony of Mahathir’s politics, creating his own paradox,” he said in a blog post.
Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, was commenting on a short video entitled “Pada Sesuatu Ketika” which had gone viral on Saturday.
He also questioned the change in Mahathir’s attitude, giving what he said were three reasons for this.
“Firstly, Tun has a superiority complex, an attitude which cannot accept people better than him. Secondly, Tun was disappointed with the attitude of Umno’s top leadership which did not support his son to win the vice-president’s post.
“Thirdly, he was not satisfied with several policies of Najib which were seen as trying to destroy his legacy.
“These are Mahathir’s excuses to oppose Najib and quit Umno which he headed for 22 years.” – Bernama