KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak today hit out at opposition leaders who use offensive language in condemning Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.
He also questioned the need to resort to such an act because of political differences and rivalry.
“Mat Sabu (Mohamad Sabu) condemns religionists who are with Umno and BN as having a damned ideology, Mahathir (Tun Mahathir Mohamad) has issued a fatwa (edict) that it’s a sin to vote for PAS and BN, while Muhyiddin (Muhyiddin Yassin) has called Umno and BN people as coming from the ‘Age of Ignorance’ (before the advent of Islam).
“As political leaders who struggle for the people, we need not use abusive language. Enough for us to outline the direction of our party’s struggle and criticise the weaknesses of the BN government.
“I think this is a more civilised thing to do than calling each other names and using uncivilised language,” he said in a blog post.
Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, said the actions of Mat Sabu, Mahathir and Muhyiddin would only make DAP happy, which they thought could take them to Putrajaya.
However, he said, such an assumption was wrong and a political strategy like that was inappropriate for capturing Putrajaya.
“The people are fed up with such politics of hate. What they yearn for is mature politics, politics of using issues and campaign strategies in a civilised manner and which touch on the people’s needs, and championing them,” he said.