January 22, 2013
Dragging the late Tunku Abdul Rahman into his 'mud of self-righteousness', is the final nail in the coffin of Mahathir's credibility and legacy, claims Sarawak PKR.
KUCHING: Day by day the true colours of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is emerging and with each new revelation, more repulsive and contemptible than the last, claims opposition PKR.
Alluding to the unravelling testimonies in the Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry and Perkasa’s latest stab at Christians, state PKR chief Baru Bian said:
“He [Mahathir] managed to single-handedly manipulate the demographics of Sabah, which may have a very different socio-economic and geo-political landscape today but for his meddling.
“By his manipulation, Sabah was turned [from a Christian majority] into a Muslim-majority state. And his admission that it did indeed happen shows Mahathir to be a traitor to the nation.”
Bian said it was no wonder that Mahathir fully backed Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s call to burn the Malay Bibles over the use of Allah term.
“It is no secret that he is of the same ilk as the racist Ibrahim Ali and is a supporter of Perkasa; in fact, they both shared the same platform last week at the Perkasa convention where Ibrahim made the call for the Alkitab to be burnt.
“Mahathir’s presence at the event and his silence in the face of incendiary racist rants from Ibrahim speaks volumes about the true character of this man who fancies himself as the infallible father of modern Malaysia.
“But in an effort to save his face, Mahathir is now attempting to drag the late Tunku Abdul Rahman to join him in the mud where he wallows in self-righteousness.
“That, in the eyes of many Malaysians, is the final nail in the coffin of Mahathir’s legacy and his credibility.
“Only a desperate and dishonourable person would resort to such despicable measures,” he said.
Why is Najib silent?
Bian said that Malaysians know the difference between the actions of Tunku and Mahathir.
“I would be very interested to hear the views of the current prime minister on the matter but he is, as usual, mute in the face of challenging and awkward issues.
“The revelations of the RCI lend credence to claims by the opposition that the BN government has been offering ICs to Indonesian workers in West Malaysia in exchange for votes.
“Project IC was highly successful in producing the intended result for the BN government, and the current prime minister had declared in 2010 that Umno would defend Putrajaya at all cost, even if ‘if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost’, meaning they would stop at nothing to retain Putrajaya.
“It is very plausible that they would replicate Dr Mahathir’s dirty tactics to retain Putrajaya.
“In which case the rakyat’s distrust of the Elections Commission has been justified by revelations of Project IC and investigations must be conducted into the then Sabah EC director Wan Ahmad Wan Yusof for his role in this scandal without delay,” he said.