KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, press secretary to the Prime Minister, today took to task former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for what he said were the U-turns the latter has made in his perception of matters.
“These U-turns by Mahathir are very strange. … Mahathir is either lying, or he can no longer understand what is fact and what is fabricated,” he said in a statement.
Tengku Sariffuddin said the reality was that Malaysians could not believe anything that he said anymore.
He said Dr Mahathir had been at one time declared an Asian tiger, and that to keep power, he toppled his political opponents.
“He put his deputy prime minister – (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim – in prison because he said the country could not have a prime minister who was homosexual. And he decided that Lim Kit Siang (of DAP) was so dangerous to the Malays that he had him jailed too.
“Now he likes Kit Siang so much that he would allow this de facto leader of the opposition to be DPM (deputy prime minister). And all so that his son (Datuk Seri) Mukhriz can be PM,” he said.
He said: “Once he (Dr Mahathir) said that Kit Siang is dangerous to the Malays, but apparently now he is not dangerous. Once he said sodomy is a crime, but apparently now it is acceptable. Is the tiger getting confused in his old age?”
He said Dr Mahathir’s words had become embarrassing for all to hear and suggested that “the old tiger would serve himself and his nation better by retiring quietly”.
Tengku Sariffuddin also drew attention to a recent speech by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, questioning Dr Mahathir’s remarks.
He said that in a recent post on his blog, Dr Mahathir wrote that Malaysia was one of the 10 most corrupt countries in the world.
“In fact, in Transparency International’s latest list, Malaysia is the 55th least corrupt country in the world.
“So Mahathir is either lying or he can no longer understand what is fact and what is fabricated. Otherwise why would he say Malaysia is in the top 10 most corrupt countries when it is in the top three least corrupt countries?” he said. – BERNAMA