Hinting that losing the state for the third time consecutively might spell disaster, the Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said politics has similarity with marriage, where "talaq tiga" means reaching a point of no return. Pix by Syarafiq Abd Samad

SABAK BERNAM: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's real name has been revealed as “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”, as stated in his original identification card.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in his speech to close the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting yesterday, said he was shown a copy of the IC by the National Registration Department's (NRD) director-general.

“This was his blue identification card, sent by the NRD director-general. His name was Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty,” said Zahid, who is also home minister, while holding up his phone before delegates, suggesting that the copy is saved on the device.

Zahid then said Dr Mahathir had in fact fought for Malay interests in order to use them as a political tool, and hinted that the former prime minister was likely to have forgotten his roots.

"He (Dr Mahathir) was not wrong to say that the Malays are forgetful, because he is the son of Iskandar Kutty. He struggled for the Malays in order to use them.

"Habis madu sepah dibuang (the honeycomb is discarded once there is no honey left). Umno (to Dr Mahathir) is the discarded honeycomb," said Zahid.

Earlier, the Umno vice-president said Selangor Umno must take back the state in the 14th General Election to avoid from landing itself in a situation akin to the outcome of a third 'talaq', where it would lead to an irreconcilable divorce.

Hinting that losing Selangor for the third time consecutively might erase any chances for Umno to regain the state, Zahid said party members and leaders in the state must learn from their mistakes and come together as one to wrest Selangor from the opposition.

"We have been given the 'first talaq' in the 12th general election, and the 'second talaq' in the 13th election.

"If we do not want to get the third, we must win back the state this time," he told Umno and Barisan Nasional members at the Sabak Bernam Umno Division Delegates Meeting.

Zahid said there are always reasons why something happens, as with the losses suffered by BN and Umno in the state.

He said "God had taken away the state from them" because Umno and BN leaders became too arrogant, and were quarrelling among each other for personal gains.

This lesson and mistake, Zahid said, must be learnt and not repeated by party members.

"During the Uhud War, Muslim soldiers were busy collecting 'ghanimah' (booty) when they thought they had defeated the enemy. But the 'defeat' was only a tactic of the enemy (before launching another attack).

"The soldiers were then attacked and defeated because they were distracted by the booty.

"The 'ghanimah' in politics is greed, to gain personal benefits. The 'rakyat' knows this because they can see it for themselves. From living in a small house to a bigger one.

"From using 'cengkadak buruk' (cheap cars), to a Mercedes, these assemblymen don't even want to use their locally-made Proton cars anymore. So arrogant.

"This is why Allah took back what He gave us." he said.