KUALA LUMPUR – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has described Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for foreign interference in the country’s domestic affairs as an act of desperation.
Salleh said he hoped the former prime minister was not purposely trying to set himself up to get arrested with the aim of gaining public sympathy when he told Australian newspaper The Weekend Australian that there was little hope that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would resign without outside pressure.
“This is an alarming new development and I am very surprised that Dr Mahathir should even suggest this.
“Back when Dr Mahathir was the prime minister, if any foreign country or government were to say anything about Malaysia, Dr Mahathir would retaliate and tell them that they have no business interfering in Malaysia’s domestic affairs,” he said in his latest posting on his blog (sskeruak.blogspot.com).
Salleh said during Dr Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister, any local political activists who were working with a foreign government to criticise Malaysia would be detained on grounds of treason.
“He or she would be detained on grounds of treason and of working with foreign powers to bring down the democratically elected government.
“Dr Mahathir is now saying that the end justifies the means and that we must do anything possible just as long as we meet our objectives of bringing down the prime minister outside the constitutional process,” he said.
Salleh added: “No leader will be safe if all we need to do to topple a leader is to invite foreign powers to interfere in the country’s domestic matters.” – BERNAMA