Boo, you are no Mahathir, PPBM leaders tell DAP man

PPBM strategist Wan Saiful Wan Jan and PPBM Supreme Council member Tariq Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: PPBM has questioned a state DAP leader’s statement comparing his call on Dr Mahathir Mohamad to resign with the veteran leader’s criticism of the country’s first prime minister 50 years ago.

PPBM strategist Wan Saiful Wan Jan said the comparison by Johor DAP’s Boo Cheng Hau falls flat because Mahathir and Tunku Abdul Rahman were both big names in national politics.

“Boo is only a small person who wants publicity,” Wan Saiful said, referring to Boo’s statement yesterday.

“If you want to find cheap ‘glamour’, do it in another way,” he said.

He said while Pakatan Harapan (PH) welcomes differences of opinion among its members, they should be presented in a “disciplined” way.

Wan Saiful asked if Boo was out to “sabotage” PH’s chances in the upcoming Semenyih by-election by raising such matters now, adding that it was something the DAP leadership should address.

Yesterday, Boo, in calling for Mahathir’s resignation, had hit out at the veteran leader for belittling the pledges in PH’s manifesto.

The Johor DAP committee member also attacked PPBM for accepting former Umno leaders into its fold, while venting his fury at those who claimed Barisan Nasional would not have been toppled without Mahathir’s leadership.

This drew a sharp response from PPBM Supreme Council member Muhammad Faiz Na’aman, who said Boo was “insolent” for denying Mahathir’s role in PH’s election victory last year.

But Boo said what he did was no different from what Mahathir had done in 1969, when he wrote a letter to the Tunku urging him to step down.

Another PPBM Supreme Council member, Tariq Ismail, accused Boo of “disruption tactics”, adding that it was a method employed by the opposition to criticise PH as a whole.

“Boo is allowed to voice differences. There’s nothing wrong in it. In fact, it is admirable that he likens himself to Mahathir and the current prime minister to Tunku, whose resignation Mahathir had demanded,” said Tariq.

“As a ‘Mahathir’, let us hear what long-term solutions he (Boo) can contribute to the government,” he said