Malaysians must support Datuk Seri Najib Razak in upcoming polls as a strong Barisan Nasional (BN) government would be able to revive the Internal Security Act (ISA), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported as saying yesterday.
The former prime minister was quoted by Chinese vernacular newspaper Kwong Wah Daily as saying that Najib had been forced to accede to Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) demands and abolished the ISA as he feared losing electoral support.
According to the Penang-based daily, Dr Mahathir blamed Najib’s predecessor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, for transferring a weak BN government to the prime minister, which resulted in Najib having to bow to demands from the federal opposition.
Kwong Wah was the only newspaper that carried Dr Mahathir’s remarks on Najib and the ISA.
The news report also quoted Dr Mahathir as defending the relevance of the ISA, saying that if ex-Communist Party of Malaya secretary-general Chin Peng or a religious extremist were to form a political party here, such detention laws would be the only way to stop these threats.
The country’s longest-serving premier stressed that the government could only revive the ISA if BN gained more seat wins in the next general election.
Prime Minister Najib announced the repeal of the ISA along with other security laws back during his Malaysia Day address on September 16 last year. It was repealed in the March parliamentary sitting.
The ISA replacement law, Putrajaya’s Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 was tabled and passed in Parliament last month, removing the government’s option to detain individuals without trial and providing a maximum detention of 28 days for investigation purposes.
Seems this bastard is still dictating how the country is to be run instead of Najib. Everyday there are news with his comments.and with PM singing the same song at times. How can PM lead the country when Dr M always try to kachau ? Why don't Mahatir tell the world that he wanted to be PM again and he is the best ? And the rest can fall behind until his son takes over ?
He is always so worried , even at this age. Time to let go and be prepare to give an accountability to your creator, and let people have their peace.
If najib falls bn will implode. If bn falls opposition will take over. If opposition takes over corruption scandals of past 30 years will see light. Mahathir's fear very obvious.