On Wednesday, former DPM Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was called to speak at a “ceramah” in Kampung Abdullah. When we say, “speak”, we’re merely putting it lightly.
Apparently, he called on former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to “just die” instad of campaigning for Barisan Nasional. In his exact words, “Sudah mau mati, dah 83 tahun. Berapa la lama lagi? Kalau dah nak mati, mati saja lah!”, which translates into:
It’s almost time for him to die, at 83 years old. How long more? If you’re going to die, just die.
(By the way, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is actually 87 years old.)
Of course, this could’ve stemmed from the dark times from when he was DPM. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked following allegations of abuse of power and sexual misconduct.
Dr Mahathir, when asked to comment on Anwar’s remarks, said he was merely exercising his rights of freedom of speech:
The opposition leaders have yet to form the government, but they have asked the people to shut up. People had used vulgar words against me when I was the prime minister. Some of them had even labelled me as firaun (pharaoh), a racist and an ultra-Malay but I never asked the authorities to arrest them.
So now, why are they trying to deny my right to speak up?
Fair point, no? And the general election campaigning continues to brew.