Zaid: Dr M’s new party must churn out ‘truth-tellers’

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PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new party must churn out “truth-tellers” or risk living in a country “driven by delusions of grandeur and undermined by sycophants”, Zaid Ibrahim warned.

“Malaysia can only become a success story if we have more men and women who dare to speak the truth,” the former Umno minister said in his latest blog post, hours after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) was formally registered today at the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) headquarters in Putrajaya.

Zaid said currently no one in Putrajaya, including the various religious councils, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police, the media or academia dared to speak the truth.

Earlier, the former Kota Bharu lawmaker referred to “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, which revolved around two weavers who convinced their emperor that the new “suit” they produced for him was invisible to incompetent and unintelligent folk.

The emperor’s courtiers scramble to compliment the emperor on his new clothes for fear of being called stupid or incompetent. The truth is only revealed in the end when a child has the courage to point out the embarrassing truth.

Zaid said Malaysians can produce individuals who had the courage of the young boy in the tale if people understood the value of speaking the truth.

He then expressed hope that Bersatu would translate and publish “The Emperor’s New Clothes” into Bahasa Malaysia as it would be “the first step to teaching Malays to think”.

“Who knows, we may have a few such young boys and girls in future.”

Earlier this evening, Mahathir was named as Bersatu’s chairman, while sacked Umno leaders, former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir was named as its president and vice-president respectively.

Zaid said he had no intention of joining the party and implied it was similar to Umno.