PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Zaid Ibrahim has called Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor a “choir boy” in the latter’s attempt to fend off Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s challenge to debate Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“Ku Nan is a choir boy, he has to sing to the tune his boss expects of him,” Zaid told FMT, adding that Najib would not dare accept the debate at the “Nothing to Hide 2.0” forum as he would have nothing to say.
The forum, planned by PPBM Youth for Shah Alam on Aug 13, is aimed at providing a platform for Mahathir and Najib to answer the accusations and slander made against them.
He said Mahathir was not “out of line” as Tengku Adnan claimed for challenging Najib to a debate, as Mahathir had achieved many great things for the country.
“Tun M gave the Malays a taste of what success means. Najib gives us a taste of what life in a Taliban country is like — impoverished, uneducated and violent all at once,” he said.
Tengku Adnan had accused Mahathir of being out of line in challenging Najib to a debate, adding that he did not know what the Pakatan Harapan chairman wanted to achieve with the debate.
“Enough is enough. Why go on harassing the prime minister? The present government is being run by Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his own way.
“This country has no problems, this country is moving,” said the federal territories minister, adding that Mahathir was possibly disappointed that his son Mukhriz was not elected vice-president of Umno at the party’s last elections.
Zaid disagreed with Tengku Adnan that the country had no problems and called the latter’s comment “plain irresponsible”.
The former law minister said Mahathir was angry because the country’s growth was stagnating, not because Mukhriz was not elected Umno vice-president.
“The Malaysia he helped built is now an impoverished country run by thieves,” said Zaid.