Khairy: Reject Dr M nostalgia and Pakatan's fairytale promises
Mahathir (left) and Khairy.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians must reject the âTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad nostalgiaâ and âfairytaleâ promises made by the Opposition, said Khairy Jamaluddin.
âWe reject it because it is regressive and it rewrites history selectively. We reject it because these are false hopes that are created merely for political mileage and this could potentially destroy the future of our children,â he said in his opening remarks at the Umno Youth general assembly 2017 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Wednesday.
The Umno Youth chief subsequently took a swipe at the Opposition, saying that its leaders had placed Dr Mahathir on a pedestal and that this misled the people into thinking that the country was better under the former prime ministerâs 22-year rule.
âIâm not saying that what happened during his time was bad ... but what I canât accept are the âfairytalesâ that are accepted by some of us today that during Dr Mahathirâs time, everything was perfect and beautiful.
âThat is a myth that I cannot accept,â he said.
Khairy added that Umno leaders could only speak out against Dr Mahathir today due to a lack of freedom of speech during the latterâs premiership.
âSome might ask, why were we silent before? The answer is simple â" there wasnât freedom of speech before, both inside and outside of the party.
âCritical newspapers were shut down, political critics were silenced and thrown into prison during Ops Lalang.
âAnd when h e wanted to silence his opponents, the Memali tragedy occurred, apparently on the grounds of national security.â
Khairy then mentioned the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis, which saw the removal of the then lord president Tun Salleh Abbas for alleged misconduct.
âCourts were fully controlled until the chief justice (then lord president) was sacked without any strong reason â¦ And donât forget, the then deputy prime minister âDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahimâ who was punched until his eyes were swollen.
âIn the party, the government and the country, there was a culture of fear,â he said, while labelling Dr Mahathir an iron-fisted leader.
âAnd now Dr Mahathir is speaking as if he is holier than thou, and we are the evil dictators,â he added.
Khairy urged Malaysians to be mature, sharp and objective when evaluating leaders.
âItâs not wrong to look up to a leader, but base it on objective analysis instead of emotions and myths ,â he said.Related NewsSource: Google News