KUALA LUMPUR – May 16, 2016: A call by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the people to ‘tolak BN’ (reject Barisan Nasional), apparently had not gone down well with quite many Malaysians.
They deemed that the 90-years old statesman had “lost his marbles” when he urged Malaysians to vote for the opposition in the upcoming Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections.
The video had gone viral and gained almost immediate notoriety in mere hours after it was uploaded on Facebook.
“Soon, we will be voting during the fasting month. I hope we will defeat BN in the by-elections,” said Dr Mahathir in the video as he spoke in front of attendees at the ‘Save Malaysia’ gathering in Shah Alam two days ago.
“We want only one party from one candidate to contest against BN because we know if we were to name two or three candidates, like what happened in Sarawak, votes will split and BN wins.
“We know if we go for a 1-on-1 fight, we will win against BN,” he said.
Despite the cheering support he received at the gathering, Dr Mahathir’s words prompted harsh response from many in the cyberspace.
In fact, many claimed that they were rather irritated by Dr Mahathir’s “ceaseless banter against Najib.”
“People are starting to lose respect of him (Dr Mahathir), enough is enough, he should really stop before people starts to forget about all the good things he had done for the country,” wrote Hafiz Abdul Wahab.
Some even indirectly hinted that Dr Mahathir was a “hypocrite” for making such a call.
“And he said to us he loved Umno,” wrote Rozmi Mokhtar.
“Dr Mahathir asked the people to vote for the opposition instead of BN,” wrote Aznil Hisham, “Last time I checked, he was dead set in fighting against Najib not Umno/BN as a whole.”
“Then again I won’t be surprised if he invites foreign powers to invade the country just so that he can oust Najib,” he added.
“I thought he said to us that he wanted to save BN by bringing down Najib but alas, now we get to see his true colors,” was the sarcastic response from Zainal Abidin.
“Tun M (Dr Mahathir) will go down in our history as the statesman who betrayed the race and the country that he once loved,” wrote Anid Sallehudin Ruhdina.
“I guessed he had forgotten who was it that had supported him so that he can be the Prime Minister and now he wants to destroy BN…Perhaps Allah S.W.T wants us to know how the real Tun M looks like,” wrote Haslina Wagiman.