KUALA LUMPUR: Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has warned about the backlash that the current government will face, should they continue attacking the opposition.
The Pagoh MP said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must stop abusing his power, by attacking PN leaders.
"Since we are having state elections soon, they are trying to paint us black and calling us 'lanun' (thieves), so that the people will not support us.
"However, I believe that the PN wave, during the last general election, will continue in the state elections,
"There will be backlash. I'm warning you. Do not play with the people's sentiments. There are millions of them out there watching the government's antics, which is ill-intent.
"It is not fair, and you think you can last forever? I was in the position before, and Bera (Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob) too.
"But it was a short stint. Therefore, do not think Tambun (Anwar) can last forever (as the prime minister).
"After you, there will be another person. Do not be ill-intent (toward others) and just do your job," he said.
In his speech, Muhyiddin also touched on recent criticism by a Pakatan Harapan leader, as if challenging the position of the Malays and Bumiputera.
"The civil service is dominated by the Malays and in the name of reform, it must be changed.
"Hey, have some respect for the feelings of the civil servants.
"You are part of the government, what if they refuse to work? What will happen then?," said Muhyiddin, referring to the racial monopoly in the public service sector remark by Penang Deputy Chief Minister Dr P. Ramasamy.