KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 10, 2016: Critics of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today took out their knives against him over his remarks in an interview the former prime minister had with news portal Malaysiakini.
They look at ‘Part One’ of Malaysiakini’s interview with the 90-year-old as full of half-truths while further insisting that the old man has gone cuckoo.
The critics challenged almost everything Mahathir said in the interview that was published earlier this morning, including when he hesitated to answer if Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is fit to be a prime minister.
What appeared to be Mahathir’s non-committal response surprised many because he was the one who, two weeks ago, touted Muhyiddin as the most suitable person to be PM if the opposition wins the next general election.
“This old man (Mahathir) can twist and turn fast. The bones in his body are equivalent to those of a plastic man. So don’t put your soul on him,” was the reaction from Facebooker Frankie Loh.
“The only one fit to be PM if the opposition wins is none other than DSAI (PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim). Muhyiddin is only fit to be the deputy prime minister together with LKS (DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang,” wrote Andrew Chan.
“Please stop beating around the bush…. if you (Mahathir) want my vote please name your PM candidate before the next general election,” wrote Marcus Chuah.
On Mahathir’s claim that unlike what is happening to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak , no one ever asked him to step down, his critics had this to say:
“Never heard anyone asking him to step down? It’s confirmed he’s already gone senile as the Johor Sultan put it, a seemingly mad old man,” was the acrid response from Rayme Azuan.
“Well, of course no one asked him to step down. He imprison and placed those who opposed him under house arrests plus he even controlled the media back then,” wrote Edwin Ng Zang.
“Mahathir must have been on MC and missed all those ‘Reformasi’ years when hundreds of thousands keep asking him to resign,” wrote Lim Sian See.
On his claims that former prime ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn did not leave Umno but merely did not rejoin Umno Baru after Umno was declared illegal in 1988, his critics responded thus:
“Correction. Former PM Tunku Abdul Rahman and Hussein Onn didn’t leave Umno… they were totally nauseated by the Umno Baru agenda they simply refused to join,” said Zaki Azmi.
“Tunku and Tun Hussein refused to join Umno Baru even though Mahathir sent people to persuade them. They were men of principles,” wrote Salmah Kadir.