PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he is embarrassed that the cabinet is made up of people like Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who mocked him yesterday about his lineage.
In a stinging rebuke, the PPBM chairman also claimed that Zahid, who is acting Umno deputy president, once approached him to get his backing when he was appointed to take over as deputy prime minister in 2015.
Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, criticised Zahid for coming to see him when wanting his sympathy but taking a path of deception when he could not get it.
“I’m embarrassed that the Cabinet has people like you,” he said in a two-minute video posted on PPBM’s Facebook page.
It is believed that Mahathir was referring to the time when he was still an Umno member before quitting the party on February 29 last year following his spat with the current administration.
Zahid, meanwhile was named as DPM in 2015, replacing Muhyiddin Yassin who was dropped following his critical remarks about 1MDB.
Yesterday, Zahid exposed details of Mahathir’s old identity card (IC), which bore the name “Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty”, saying he had received the image of the IC from NRD director-general Yazid Ramli.
Zahid, who is home minister also said, “the man who struggled for the Malay agenda” was actually “using the Malays”. Zahid said this in his speech at the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting.
Mahathir, however, said he was shocked by Zahid’s statement as it differed from what the public knew about him.
He also challenged Zahid to produce the identity card he had claimed to have seen.
“If he can produce it, I want to see it. Don’t hide it.”