Salleh: Mahathir’s ‘Darul Penyangak’ remark indefensible

salleh-mahathirKUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has criticised Dr Mahathir Mohamad for describing Malaysia as ‘Darul Penyangak’ (Rogue’s Abode), saying the former prime minister’s remarks were inappropriate, unpatriotic and bereft of political wisdom.

“Even if angry with the government of the day, Dr Mahathir should not insult his own country. This country is ours together.

“Good or bad, progressing or regressing, we should all be together in defending it, not insulting it,” Salleh said in his latest posting on his blog, today.

His comments came after a blog posting by Mahathir in which the former leader called Malaysia ‘Darul Penyangak’ in relation to the issues of 1MDB and the consumption tax.

The minister commented that Mahathir was fond of repeating himself in every written piece and speech he delivered in his quest to incite hate among the people for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who he wanted to topple.

“Dr Mahathir’s strategy is like attacking a snake, that is, by knocking its head repeatedly until it becomes weak and immobilised. That’s all Dr Mahathir wants, to bring down Najib. This is grudge politics which is not good,” he said.

Salleh said Najib had painstakingly explained to the people, the facts pertaining to 1MDB and the implementation of the GST.

“Dr Mahathir definitely was not hearing and accepting any of the explanations as his goal is to topple PM Najib because of a political grudge, not for the sake of the country,” he added.