KUALA LUMPUR: Marina Mahathir, the eldest daughter of Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been dragged into the line of fire amid increasing attacks against her father in anticipation of the coming general election.
Just a day after she defended Mahathir, who was accused of lying about his real name, a Malay rights group reported her to the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) for allegedly supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) community.
According to Malaysiakini, the group, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), claimed Marina had done this by “liking” a Twitter post suggesting that LGBT couples be recognised and allowed to adopt abandoned children.
When asked what she thought of the attempts to demonise her and her father, the social activist said her detractors “must come from the Trump school of politics”.
“You can quote me on that,” she told reporters when met after the launch of ZafigoX here today.
She was referring to United States President Donald Trump’s brand of politics which has been heavily criticised by the American press for being “bizarre” and highly controversial.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Umno acting deputy president, had on Sunday claimed that a copy of Mahathir’s original identity card (IC) allegedly gave his name as “Mahathir anak lelaki (son of) Iskandar Kutty”.
He said the document which was provided to him by the National Registration Department’s director-general showed that “the man who struggled for the Malay agenda” was actually “using the Malays”.
Marina had negated this, saying Iskandar Kutty was the name of Mahathir’s grandfather, not his father.
She also laughed off the report lodged by JMM, saying she had “liked” a lot of Twitter posts.
“Go look at my Twitter feed. It’s ‘like like like like’. I think these are people who don’t have much to do with their time.
“I don’t even know who they are.”
When asked if she was concerned over the attacks on Mahathir’s image and credibility, Marina said the former prime minister was a “veteran” who knew how to handle the political pressure.
“I don’t worry about all these.
“For me, as a daughter, he is 92. You worry about the usual things like his health, that he overtires himself. That’s really what we as a family worry about.
“He’s a bit susceptible to the flu, but he has so much energy, more than a lot of other younger people.
“He knows how to handle it, he’s cool,” she said.