PETALING JAYA: An article penned by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman praising Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a “perfectionist” has not gone down well with the Johor crown prince, who delivered a veiled jibe on Twitter suggesting that the PPBM Youth chief was too young to understand the prime minister.
“Perfectionist? It’s either you’re delusional or obsessed,” Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, better known as TMJ (Tengku Mahkota Johor), said on his Twitter.
This comes just a day after Saddiq, 25, who is also the Muar MP, wrote a glowing tribute to Mahathir, praising the veteran leader as meticulous and “master of his own work”.
“He writes his own speeches, he writes his own blogposts, he even does a lot of the research work on his own,” Saddiq wrote on his Facebook, dismissing claims that Mahathir’s recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly was scripted.
“I can only wish that I will be like him one day, insha Allah,” wrote the youth and sports minister, the youngest Cabinet member of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
TMJ was sharp in his response, although he did not name his target.
“You were still in your mother’s belly, kid. Do some research,” the outspoken crown prince, who has taken on both Barisan Nasional (BN) and PH politicians in the past, wrote on Twitter.
TMJ had also hit out at Mahathir a month before the general election in May, recalling the conflict between his late grandfather, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, and Mahathir when the latter led the BN government as the fourth prime minister.
“Don’t change the boat if the engine is not broken, don’t even change the skipper but allow HM The Sultan of Johor and I to work with the skipper,” he wrote in April, saying problems faced by Umno could be solved through the palace’s intervention.