Netizen 24 MYS: Khairy: Reject Dr M nostalgia and Pakatan's fairytale promises

By On December 06, 2017

Khairy: Reject Dr M nostalgia and Pakatan's fairytale promises

Mahathir (left) and Khairy.

Mahathir (left) and Khairy.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians must reject the “Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad nostalgia” and “fairytale” promises made by the Opposition, said Khairy Jamaluddin.

“We 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,” 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 minister’s 22-year rule.

“I’m not saying that what happened during his time was bad ... but what I can’t accept are the ‘fairytales’ that are accepted by some of us today that during Dr Mahathir’s time, everything was perfect and beautiful.

“That is a myth that I cannot accept,” 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 latter’s premiership.

“Some might ask, why were we silent before? The answer is simple â€" there wasn’t freedom of speech before, both inside and outside of the party.

“Critical newspapers were shut down, political critics were silenced and thrown into prison during Ops Lalang.

“And when h e wanted to silence his opponents, the Memali tragedy occurred, apparently on the grounds of national security.”

Khairy then mentioned the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis, which saw the removal of the then lord president Tun Salleh Abbas for alleged misconduct.

“Courts were fully controlled until the chief justice (then lord president) was sacked without any strong reason … And don’t forget, the then deputy prime minister “Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim” who was punched until his eyes were swollen.

“In the party, the government and the country, there was a culture of fear,” he said, while labelling Dr Mahathir an iron-fisted leader.

“And now Dr Mahathir is speaking as if he is holier than thou, and we are the evil dictators,” he added.

Khairy urged Malaysians to be mature, sharp and objective when evaluating leaders.

“It’s not wrong to look up to a leader, but base it on objective analysis instead of emotions and myths ,” he said.

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