Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had shocked the public when he resorted to the word 'bangsat (bastard) to describe the state of Malays if Umno loses.
However, former minister and Umno veteran Sanusi Junid in an interview uploaded on Youtube suggested that the word should apply to the Umno leader who led Malays to the current state.
"Now there is the threat that Malays may become 'bangsat' if Umno loses so the person responsible for this is the reason why Malays will become 'bangsat'.
"I feel it is not the Malays that are 'bangsat'. It is the Umno leader that causes Umno to lose is the 'bangsat'," he said in the video uploaded by blogger Din Turtle.
Sanusi did not mention any names but pointed out the notion that Umno would lose or become 'bangsat' never happened under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn and Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"At that time, BN won two-thirds majority that means (Malays) were not 'bangsat'," said the former Umno secretary-general.
'Kencing' and 'bangsat' same level
Sanusi likened the usage of the word 'bangsat' similar to a low level Langkawi Wanita Umno member who used the word 'kencing' (lied to, or literally pissed on).
He was referring to Langkawi Wanita Umno delegate Anina Saaduddin ( photo ) who had used the word against the prime minister as she was dissatisfied with his explanation about the RM2.6 billion deposited into his personal bank accounts and on 1MDB.
"This 'kencing' and 'bangsat' is the same level, it is a very 'high level' usage," he said.
Sanusi, who is also former Kedah menteri besar, is an ally of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He had briefly quit Umno together with Mahathir in 2008 to protest Najib's predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's leadership.
Sanusi appears to also be backing Mahathir's latest bid to dislodge Najib from power.