KUALA LUMPUR: Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has characterised PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and DAP’s Zaid Ibrahim as “frustrated people” who should stop jeopardising the unity of the country.
The secretary-general of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno said the duo’s respective spells with the government were over and it was not fair for them to now disturb the nation’s harmony.
“Your time is over. Forget it. Do not be agents of division who ignite disharmony in the country,” he said.
“Diversity and unity are key for Malaysia to grow and this is what the government is doing,” he said.
He added that Mahathir, a former prime minister of 22 years, and Zaid, who served for six months as a minister in the prime minister’s department, should stop what they were doing and look at themselves in the mirror.
Tengku Adnan, who is also the Federal Territories (FT) minister, said this at the launch of a Rumah Wilayah Persekutuan (Rumawip) affordable housing project here today.
He claimed that Zaid, who was the de facto law minister from March to September 2008 under then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, had become frustrated and “therefore was problematic when he talked.”
“He was minister for a while only, and he could not do his work,” Tengku Adnan, who is popularly known as Ku Nan, claimed.
“I believe we cannot use what is said by someone who is frustrated,” he added.
Tengku Adnan said Prime Minister Najib Razak need not entertain an invitation by Mahathir to the “Nothing to Hide 2.0” programme for a debate.
Zaid had yesterday called Tengku Adnan a “choir boy” in the latter’s attempt to fend off Mahathir’s challenge to debate Najib.
“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 challenge at the forum as he would have nothing to say.
The forum, planned by PPBM Youth in Shah Alam on Aug 13, is aimed at providing a platform for Mahathir and Najib to answer the accusations and slanders made against them.