Prime Minister Najib Razak fired a broadside at his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad today for splitting Muslims in country.
Without naming Mahathir, Najib blamed an “old leader” for dividing Muslims into three separate parties during his administration.
“Now that he has retired, he has divided the Muslims further into five groups by forming another party,” said the premier in an audio recording of a speech posted on his blog on Friday.
“This leader has a habit of being quarrelsome, acting like a hypocrite, he slanders them one moment, but then befriends them the next.”
He said Muslims in Malaysia were disunited today because this “old leader” had split them into different parties.
Najib said Muslims in this country were finding it difficult to unite because of this former leader’s actions, blaming the latter for complicating efforts to achieve a united ummah.
“He has thrown many harsh words at me when he too was not spared from accusations, such as being called kepala perompak (chief of robbers) but everyone knows I am not the first person he has abused,” said Najib.
He said this old leader had victimised many in the past but had picked up his victims as allies for political reasons at certain times.
Given all Muslims should be considered as brothers, Najib said he had tried to befriend parties with majority Muslim members although they would disagree on respective political ideologies.
He pointed out that a Muslim leader had a heavy responsibility of uniting the ummah.
“I strongly hold on to this principle as it is called for in the holy Quran.
“I humbly urge all of us to stop quarrelling. Let’s go back to being united to form an ummah that is strong and successful,” Najib said.