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There was no room for dissent under 'iron-fisted' Dr M, says KJ

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

UMNO AGM | Since former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad crossed over to the opposition, Umno and BN leaders have dredged up his past transgressions.

However, critics have questioned the silence of these leaders on such issues when Mahathir was in power for more than two decades.

According to Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, there was no freedom for dissent during Mahathir's “iron-fisted” rule.

"Some ask why we were quiet in the past, why didn't we say anything? The answer is simple, in the past, there was no freedom to speak out, in or outside the party," he said...

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