Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan blasted Dr Mahathir Mohamad of being a disgrace to the country for citing Nazi figures to attack Najib Razak when the premier was on a three-day official visit to Germany early this week.
“Dr Mahathir has shown again that he is not a statesman, but a disgrace to Malaysia,” said Rahman, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director.
Dr Mahathir had written in a blog post on Wednesday night drawing comparisons between Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and those defending Najib.
Among them was former Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, who Dr Mahathir slammed for defending Najib’s decision to remove him from service last year.
Pointing out that Germany had atoned for its past and built a democracy that was an example to many others, Rahman said it was wrong to run down a country and dredge up its painful history just for the sake of selfish political point scoring.
“Not just by comparing our prime minister and others in the government to Nazis, but by doing so while the prime minister was in Germany,” said Rahman.
He said it was embarrassing to see a former prime minister destroy his legacy and reveal himself to be a bitter, vindictive old man.
He said Mahathir was lashing out because his plans to topple a democratically-elected federal government, just to install his own son as prime minister, had failed miserably.
“The gutter is no place for prime ministers – past or present. It is sad that Dr Mahathir seems to be so comfortable there,” said Rahman in a statement.
He said Mahathir’s remarks were increasing desperate and unhinged, adding that Malaysia was fortunate to no longer have Dr Mahathir as its leader.
He said the success of Najib’s working visit to Germany had mocked Mahathir’s false claims that Malaysia was failing, adding that the former premier had reached new low to cover his embarrassment.
Rahman pointed out that Germany was largest European investor in Malaysia last year totalling US$11.4 billion.
He said Najib was also an honoured guest of Chancellor Angela Merkel, fighting to further the economic and security interests of Malaysia and its people.
“Fortunately for Malaysia, Dr Mahathir is no longer our leader. He has caused disgust and offence in Germany,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also fired a broadside against Mahathir, criticising veteran political leaders of causing problems to Najib’s leadership with unwarranted statements and actions.
He said the young voters were not interested in nostalgic politics but wanted what was new for them, what was in their future and what they deserved to gain.
He said former politicians and leaders could still be relevant if they knew how to adapt themselves to the current reality.