Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he is ashamed many Malays wrongly believe that DAP will eventually “destroy” the majority community if the party had continued to remain in the Malaysian government.
“DAP cannot destroy Malays, but Malays will be destroyed if they pick corrupt people as their leaders.
“I am embarrassed. Truly embarrassed.
“So, there are indeed Malays who are so afraid of DAP to the extent of them willingly betraying the people’s mandate given to them,” he said in his latest blog post.
The Langkawi MP was responding to a Bersatu leader’s claim that the party broke away from Pakatan Harapan, thereby causing the collapse of the former government, because of fear of DAP.
He said Malays could fight the British and resist the snares of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank but were now claiming to be frightened of DAP.
“Afraid of Guan Eng. Malays are now afraid of Guan Eng,” said the former prime minister in his acerbic style.
Lim Guan Eng is the DAP secretary-general.
“Where do these cowards come from? And who are they trying to get protection from? Najib or from a Malay Islam government led by the corrupt?
“Some say that it’s okay that he’s a criminal so long as he’s Malay. But did he protect the Malays when he was the leader?” Dr Mahathir said, referring to former prime minister Najib Razak.
“Ask yourselves if he did that by playing golf with Trump?” said Dr Mahathir, referring to the US president who had played a round of golf with Najib some years before he joined the White House.
Dr Mahathir had earlier recounted an anecdote of how Malaysia was once colonised by the British despite many of the independent Malay states during the colonisation era refusing to submit to British rule.
He said after the British returned after World War Two to truly make Malaya theirs through the establishment of the Malayan Union.
“The British thought it was easy to seize the Malay states like they did to Palestine to be given to Israel.
“Their attempts to seize the Malays states to break the Malays apart were futile, futile because the Malays opposed.
“Maybe now they are coward Malays. But the Malays of the past were brave. Following the rejection of the Malayan Union, the Malays demanded independence in 1957. Two years later, the British granted us independence,” he said.
Pointing out that Malays do in fact have weaknesses, Dr Mahathir claimed the community is not very shrewd in business, along with many of them from an impoverished background, and involved in various criminal activities such as bribery and drugs.
“But are the Malays so truly weak to the point of letting a political party annihilate them?” Dr Mahathir asked.
Dr Mahathir said the Malays formed a Malay party to fight for the rights of the Malays which it succeeded in defeating the British and achieve independence.
“The party never lost before. But it did on May 9, 2018.
“Why? Because this party obtained a swindler as its leader. I do not need to repeat what this crooked leader did. From a respectable country to a kleptocracy ruled by thieves,” he said, referring to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
For this reason alone, Dr Mahathir without mincing his words, said the party was destroyed as its members were ready to be bribed and therefore never prioritised the struggle of the Malays.
“Where did these cowards come. Who they want to receive protection from? From Najib? From the Malay-Islam crooked leadership?” he asked.
Dr Mahathir’s post came amid rumours that he would be sacked from the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia that he helped founded, and the cooperation with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to oppose the Perikatan Nasional government.