Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin described former Premier Mahathir Mohamad as a political enemy who practices “do whatever it takes” politics and has no loyal friends.
He said the former prime minister practised the politics of Italian Niccolo Machiavelli where there are no values.
“He pretends to be on the side of the people, but the real aim is attaining power,” Bernama reported as he saying in his keynote address at the Umno Youth General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The youth and sports minister said Mahathir’s stance was totally different when he had a position with the government.
At the assembly which was attended by 990 delegates, Khairy screened video clips which showed the different stance of Mahathir when he was in power compared to now, his relations with PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and his stance on street demonstrations.
He also recited a poem titled “Melayu Mudah Lupa” (Malays Forget Easily) which was meant for Mahathir.
He said Umno Youth would always remember Mahathir’s deeds but will fight against his betrayal to the party.
Khairy also criticised the Bersih 5.0 rally which he said was the best proof that they were so driven by a thirst for power that they could accept the presence of Mahathir who had once banned street rallies when he was in control.
“In the case of Mahathir, who once banned street rallies with the use of the FRU, ISA and with an iron fist, he is today being supported and endorsed as the real voice of the people.
“Their willingness to do a 180-degree U-turn is of course not based on principles but because they want power, so that justifies everything,” he said.