PETALING JAYA: Taking a shot at those who criticise the economy in the name of patriotism, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak today drew comparisons between them and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“Some people claim they are criticising the prime minister and are running down the country out of patriotism.
“Most historians agree that Adolf Hitler was also a patriot and that Naziism was the product of this patriotism. And 100 million people died because of this,” he said in a blogpost today.
Likewise, the war in Serbia and Bosnia was considered an act of patriotism, as was the Vietnam War and the Cambodian “killing fields”, he said.
“But I am sure the millions of dead did not think so.”
On March 22, Prime Minister Najib Razak had hit out at those who created and spread what he said was “fake news” regarding the country’s state of affairs.
He said “false propaganda” that Malaysia was on the verge of bankruptcy had nearly cost the country a RM31 billion investment by Saudi Aramco in the Petronas Pengerang Integrated Complex in Johor.
He said such acts were nothing less than economic sabotage for selfish, personal political gains and which would affect all Malaysians.
Today, Salleh echoed the prime minister’s sentiments, saying that any show of patriotism should start with the spirit of “Negaraku” and the Rukun Negara.
“You cannot be opposed to all this and have your own version and interpretation of patriotism.
“Patriotism is not by saying it but by what you do. And sabotaging Malaysia’s economy by frightening off foreign investors is not an act of patriotism but an act of treason,” he said.