Mahathir has 'mortgaged' Malay nationalism for power - Azalina

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has "mortgaged" Malay nationalism he has fought for all this while, for the sake of gaining power and office, said caretaker minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Azalina Othman Said.

The BN candidate, who will be defending the Pengerang parliamentary seat, said Mahathir's claim that he has had a "non-Malay" political philosophy since long ago, was not true at all. 

"Mahathir has been a Malay nationalist, even in the past, but suddenly, because he wants to get the seat of power, and position, he can 'mortgage' Malay nationalism. 

"This kind of leader is very dangerous, he can jump wherever he wants and do unlike what he preaches," she told Bernama at a meet-the-people session in Kota Tinggi. 

According to Azalina, Mahathir should emulate his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who despite not having an active role in the government, is still firm in his stand. 

"Pak Lah (Abdullah) has been consistent, though he is not in power, he still supports our cause (Umno and BN)," she said.

Meanwhile, Azalina also slammed DAP's action of spreading a series of three propaganda videos since yesterday, which she said was aimed at attacking BN and "defaming" the coalition with slander.

"In relation to the videos, we will let the Anti-Fake News Act punish them later," she said.

According to her, DAP was no longer dignified, when it was willing to forego its iconic 'rocket' logo, and instead contest under PKR's 'eye' logo, which she said was clearly aimed at fishing for Malay votes.

Yesterday, DAP via its Facebook account, uploaded a series of propaganda videos acted out by Damansara parliamentary seat candidate Tony Pua.

-- Bernama

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