Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak finds Pakatan Harapan party leader Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s current political direction dubious.
Questioning Dr Mahathir’s intention to bring Malaysia along a democratic path or otherwise, Salleh alleged that he had conspired with former rival Democratic Action Party (DAP), reported Bernama, citing a blog post by Salleh on Sunday (Apr 1).
This is despite the former prime minister previously being an autocrat and believer in strong government presence to protect the position of Malays, according to Salleh.
He wrote: “With this paradoxical political attitude, where exactly does Dr Mahathir want to bring Malaysia to? If it is towards a democratic state, wasn’t DS Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) democratic enough when he abolished the ISA (Internal Security Act) and amended the AUKU (Universities and University Colleges Act 1971)?”
“If it is to create a Malaysian race, isn’t DS Najib’s administration which is inclusive, people centric and appreciating diversity still incomplete?
“If it is to fight against leakages and the BN’s (Barisan Nasional) weakness in corporate governance, can’t Dr Mahathir recall that the real leakages were actually the RM2.5 billion BMF (Bumiputra Malaysia Finance) scandal and the RM30 billion forex scandal that happened during his rule? This is the irony of Dr Mahathir’s politics, creating his own paradox.”
Salleh also commented on a short video entitled “Pada Sesuatu Ketika” which went viral on the same day.
In addition, he called into question Dr Mahathir’s change in political attitude which captured the attention of political observers.
Salleh cited three reasons for his conversion.
He claims that Dr Mahathir has a superiority complex, causing him to refuse to accept people better than him.
He was also supposedly disappointed with the attitude of UMNO’s top leadership which did not support his son’s run for vice-president.
Lastly, he was unsatisfied with Datuk Seri Najib’s policies which were perceived as destroying his legacy, said Salleh.
“So these are Dr Mahathir’s excuses to oppose Najib and quit UMNO which he headed for 22 years, where does Tun Mahathir want to take Malaysia politics to? It is amazing the paradox of Tun’s politics,” Salleh added.