PETALING JAYA: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has accused Dr Mahathir Mohamad of using the Malays and Umno all this while on the “pretence” of championing the Malay agenda.
Bringing up Mahathir’s Indian ancestry, the deputy prime minister said that the man who had been prime minister for 22 years was someone who “easily forgets”.
“His (Mahathir) blue IC states that his name is Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty. His IC number is 2232519.
“The National Registration Department (NRD) chief gave me this information.
“No wonder he says Malays easily forget.”
Zahid said: “The man who ‘struggled for the Malay agenda’ was using the Malays.”
The Umno acting deputy president said this when delivering his keynote address at the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting here today.
In his speech, Zahid said Umno as a party which championed the Malays did not have to be replaced, adding that it was bad leaders which had to be replaced for the party’s continued survival.
“Umno has been around for 70 years. We won independence and gave up everything to win that independence. That’s the Umno spirit.
“We improve Umno by always replacing leaders following a democratic process. The prime minister is also replaced following a process,” he said.