The fallout from Nurul vs Dr M - Syed Saddiq opens fire on KJ for sniping Azmin

Modified 25 Mar 2019, 6:54 am

Following Nurul Izzah Anwar's remarks regarding Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, shots have rung out in all directions on Twittersphere.

In the latest assault, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, who also heads the Youth wing of Mahathir's party Bersatu, trained his guns on his predecessor Khairy Jamaluddin.

This is after Khairy sniped at Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, claiming that the latter lacked vision and direction, as well as being unable to provide solutions for the nation's economic woes.

However, Syed Saddiq noted how Azmin had excelled as Selangor menteri besar when Khairy was preoccupied with making videos for former premier Najib Abdul Razak.

"When he (Azmin) was the MB of Selangor, BN said the same – 'No direction/No vision/Guna pintu belakang (used the back door to become MB).

"Yet, in time he proved to be the best. Skim Peduli Sihat, Bantuan Ibu Tunggal (Kiss), Skim Tawas, pinjaman mikro kredit tanpa faedah Hijrah (interest-free microcredit loans).

"You were busy making videos for Najib then," he added.

Khairy's remarks regarding Azmin were in response to PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who appeared to criticise Azmin over his purported reaction to Nurul's statements.

"When a lady makes a stand, call her a crybaby? Cheap, very cheap," said the Setiawangsa MP.

Azmin had earlier stated that Malaysia needed people who were willing to battle till the end, and not those who whined.

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"This country needs doers who are prepared to tough it out all the way, not cry babies. Whatever it takes, we must make it work. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen," he had tweeted.

Though Azmin did not mention names, it is believed that he was commenting on Nurul Izzah's interview with Singapore's Straits Times, where she labelled Mahathir as a "former dictator who wreaked so much damage."

The former PKR vice-president was explaining her struggles making peace with her father Anwar Ibrahim's former political nemesis.

She said Malaysia is now witnessing the "opening of the democratic framework," but the main challenge for the federal government was building a "clear-cut narrative" for the country's middle ground.

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