JERLUN: Former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir has hit back at his successor Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, and accused Ahmad Bashah of having caused him to change in character for the worse.
“Bashah said I was once gentle, but now I am good at criticising and saying bad things about people,” Mukhriz said at a ceramah in Jerlun last night.
He said he had never been gentle or weak, but only polite as his mother Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali had raised him to be well-mannered.
But that changed when Ahmad Bashah declared in 2016 that Kedahans did not support Mukhriz as menteri besar any more, which led Mukhriz to resign after losing majority support in the state assembly.
Yesterday, Bashah claimed that Mukhriz had made a “360-degree” turn and had begun to revile others after joining the opposition.
“When he was with me last time, he was such a gentle person, but since he joined hands with the opposition, he has lost his good manners,” he said.
Mukhriz, who is also PPBM deputy president and vice-president of Pakatan Harapan, said “they started it first”.
His change in behaviour had come about because he and other Pakatan leaders needed to respond to allegations from Barisan Nasional to create awareness among the people about injustices under the ruling coalition.
“GE14 is the time to redeem our dignity by voting PH,” he said.
Mukhriz also took a swipe at Bashah by referring to incidents where the Kedah Umno chief was booed by football fans when he attended the state team’s matches.
“When I enter a stadium, I don’t get booed. Am I right? I receive applause instead,” he said.
Mukhriz had won the Ayer Hitam state seat in the last general election in 2013, paving the way for his short-lived appointment as menteri besar.
He is now contesting the Jerlun parliamentary seat which he had held from 2008 to 2013.
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