KUALA LUMPUR: The war of words between Nazri Aziz and his former Cabinet colleague Rafidah Aziz reached new heights today, as both indulged in name-calling and insults in a tit-for-tat that was sparked by Rafidah’s criticism of the Najib administration.
“I do not respond to crazy, ignorant individuals who know nothing about policies that existed well before I was in government,” said Rafidah in an angry response just hours after Nazri accused her of racism.
Nazri had blamed Rafidah for Barisan Nasional’s loss of Chinese support, and accused her of abusing the approved permits (APs) to import new vehicles under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry she once headed.
The tourism minister then recalled Rafidah’s speech to Umno members, where she had defended herself by saying that she was only taking APs from Chinese companies to benefit the Bumiputeras.
This came after Rafidah said Nazri was “shortsighted” for saying that Rafidah’s criticism against the government was due to her grudge with Wanita Umno leader Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Rafidah today had stronger language for Nazri.
“Gutter politics by foul-mouthed individuals,” Rafidah told FMT when asked for her response. “He can jump into a lake.”
The former trade minister also urged Nazri to focus on the “filthy elephants in the room”, and sent an image of a tweaked English proverb: “Birds of a lawless bigoted feather bully together”.
Rafidah, who served as trade minister for over two decades, has been critical of the Umno leadership in the wake of news that Indonesian authorities seized a luxury yacht linked to Low Taek Jho, the businessman named by the US’ Department of Justice as one of the culprits in the embezzlement of funds from 1MDB.