Dr M has mortgaged Malay nationalism for power, says Azalina

Minister Azalina Othman Said will be defending her Pengerang parliamentary seat this election. (Facebook pic)

KOTA TINGGI: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said yesterday accused Dr Mahathir Mohamad of having mortgaged the Malay nationalism for which he had fought all this time for the sake of gaining power and office.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, who will be defending the Pengerang parliamentary seat, said Mahathir’s recent claims that he had had a “non-Malay” political philosophy for a long time were not true.

“Tun (Dr) Mahathir has been a Malay nationalist from the past, but suddenly, because he wants to get power, seats and post, he can mortgage Malay nationalism.

“This kind of leader is very dangerous, he can jump wherever he wants and do unlike what he preaches,” she told Bernama at a meet-the-people session here.

Azalina said Mahathir should emulate Malaysia’s fifth prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who remained firm in his stand despite not having an active role in the government.

“Pak Lah has been consistent. Though he is not in power, he still supports our cause (Umno and BN),” she said.

She also slammed DAP for purportedly spreading three series of propaganda videos since Sunday with the aim of attacking BN and defaming the coalition.

“In relation to the videos, we will let the Anti-Fake News Act punish them later,” she said.

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