KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s move to condemn Barisan Nasional, expecting it to lose in upcoming by-elections, reflects his “actual insincerity”, said Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad (pic).
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby Tuesday, the Deputy Home Minister said Dr Mahathir is insincere on the struggles faced by Umno.
“Now he is saying he wants Barisan to lose in the by-elections. That shows his insincerity.
“Finally, at the age of 90-plus, he has shown his actual insincerity for Umno’s struggles,” he said.
Nur Jazlan added that Umno used to respect Dr Mahathir as a leader.
“We used to respect him as the leader of the party, for 22 years as prime minister,” he said.
Asked about the eight-page letter by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim warning Opposition leaders over the Citizens Declaration led by Dr Mahathir, Nur Jazlan said Anwar should know what he is talking about.
“I think Anwar, being a victim of Tun Mahathir years ago, knows what he is doing. He knows better,” he said.
On Sunday, Dr Mahathir called for combined efforts to defeat Barisan Nasional in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections next month.
He warned Opposition parties against splitting the anti-Barisan vote, citing the recent elections in Sarawak where DAP, PKR, PAS and Amanah were engaged in multi-cornered contests against Barisan.