KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 – DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has slammed Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad saying that Dr Mahathir started “all the rot in Hamlet” in his 22 years as premier. Kit Siang was referring to a blog post by Dr Mahathir right after the Federal Court’s dismissal of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal and its decision to send him back to prison for the third time on Tuesday.
In the post Dr Mahathir claimed that there was “something rotten” in the government of Malaysia now, borrowing a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “Dr Mahathir has declared that I am not a communist, but he called me an ‘authoritarian’. “The former Prime Minister probably wants to clear his name for he would look extremely foolish to have allowed a ‘communist’ to operate freely in Parliament, having been Prime Minister for 22 years and Home Minister for nearly 15 years,” said Kit Siang during his visit to Pasar Pagi Simpang Kuala in Alor Star yesterday.
“Dr Mahathir wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak out as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, not to stop the rot which was started by him during his premiership, but for an agenda personal to himself. “Need Dr Mahathir be reminded that it was under his premiership that Malaysia began to suffer from rampant corruption in high political places and massive abuses of power by those in authority?”
Lim alleged that the Mahathir administration led to the erosion of judicial independence and integrity, the decline of public institutions, and loss of dynamism that made Malaysia no longer competitive with its neighbours. “Yes, something is rotten in Malaysia — as evidenced by a patriot like Anwar being sent to jail for the third time despite devoting 47 years of his life fighting for justice, freedom, human dignity and national unity. “This shows the rot in Malaysia, but it is a rot which was started during Dr Mahathir’s 22-year premiership, and by Dr Mahathir himself!”