Dr M: Najib lacks teeth to bite
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak is attempting to quell the rise of religious and racial tension but lacks the power to do so.
As an example, he said the reason PAS was making the implementation of hudud an issue was because of the weaknesses displayed by Najib.
The former prime minister said that PAS never played up the hudud issue when he was in office as the government then was strong.
"Maybe PAS thinks the current government needs support, because during my time, we held absolute power with the two-thirds majority," Dr Mahathir said.
In a related development, Dr Mahathir told Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) to pipe down, days after the Muslim NGO trained its guns on non-Muslims.
The former prime minister said comments by Isma's leaders were not constructive.
His admonitions were in response to Isma labelling the Chinese as "trespassers" and calling for the Islamic penal code hudud to be imposed on all Malaysians.
"He should keep the comments to himself. They are not doing any good to this country," he said.
Saying Isma's statements were not helping to maintain peace, Dr Mahathir said the Chinese in the country are Malaysian citizens who have rights.
"We don't need people to instigate racial riots and things like that," he said.