PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s attack on former PM Mahathir Mohamad has earned him a rebuke from Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali.
Reacting to Tajuddin’s allegation that Mahathir had lied when he said he did not sign the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention order under the infamous Operasi Lalang, Ibrahim said it was an offensive show of disrespect, especially coming from someone who had benefited politically from the former prime minister’s help.
He claimed he had more than once interceded for Tajuddin and succeeded in getting Mahathir to accept him back into Umno and to allow him to contest in a general election.
“Three times I stood up in the Supreme Council meeting to call for Tajuddin’s readmission into Umno,” he said.
He also said he lobbied with Mahathir for Tajuddin to be listed as an election candidate, resulting in his being allowed to contest in Sungai Manik in the 2004 general election.
“He should respect elders who have helped him,” Ibrahim said in a media statement. “Even if there is a difference of opinion, there’s no need to try to be a hero.”
Ibrahim explained that any decision to detain a person under the ISA would be made by a committee after it had discussed recommendations by the security forces.
He said the signing of such a detention order by the Home Minister or his deputy was a mere formality.
In his allegation, Tajuddin said it was unacceptable for Mahathir try to clear his name from the taint of Operasi Lalang because, as Home Minister at the time, only he had the power to issue the detention order.