Malaysia Dateline

Tun Mahathir campaign for Amanah at by-election

Zaid hits out at former CJ

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today said the greed for power has come to such a state that even a former top judiciary officer was now talking like a politician.

“Now even former chief justice has to talk politics and not law truth or justice. That’s how low Malays have become; all because of power,” said the former law minister in a Twitter posting.

Zaid was referring to former chief justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad’s continued attacks on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter’s support to the opposition during the just-concluded twin by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar.

Hamid told Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia that Dr Mahathir’s cooperation with DAP and Amanah was detrimental to Malays.

He said it was still acceptable if the former prime minister campaigned against Datuk Seri Najib Razak alone.

“But I do not agree with him working with DAP and Amanah,” said Hamid.

Dr Mahathir had campaigned for the Amanah candidates against BN.

Following BN’s landslide victories in the two seats, several Umno and PAS leaders have been calling for the statesman to retire from politics and seek solace in prayer.

Dr Mahathir has since said he would keep speaking out against corruption and abuse of power.

Yesterday, Zaid said the outcome of the by-elections only showed Malays were not concerned about good governance or their leaders’ power abuse.

He said he had hoped that Malays would reject political parties that were corrupt or promoted extremist policies.

“On the contrary, the results have shown clearly that Malays are generally immune to the scandalous conduct of their leaders and tolerate them even if they ignore basic rules of good governance.

“Malays don’t care about 1MDB or such issues because as long as the Barisan Nasional Government continues to give them regular hand-outs and other benefits, they will be content,” he said.

Zaid also suggested that opposition parties boycott all future polls until the Election Commission and the police had powers to enforce election laws.