Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Mahathir Mohamad delivers his speech at Taman Jejawi Permai in Arau on Oct 22. Pic by AZHAR RAMLI.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad labelling Malaysia as ‘Darul Penyangak’ is an insult to the country, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

In a blog posting today, Salleh said even if Tun Mahathir was unhappy with the government, he should not have insulted his own nation.

“It is wrong for Tun Mahathir to label the country as such. As a former prime minister, the label is unpatriotic and exceeds political wisdom.

“The country is ours together. In the good or bad, rise or fall of this country, we must defend it, rather than insulting it.”

Tun Mahathir had in his blog called Malaysia ‘Darul Penyangak’ - rouge state, over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

According to Salleh, Tun Mahathir purposely repeated the issues of 1MDB and GST in his every writing and speech to rally the people to go against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, anticipating his fall.

The strategy, he said, was like hitting the head of a snake repeatedly so the snake becomes weak and paralysed.

“This is bad revenge politics. Najib had explained one by one the facts on 1MDB and the rationale of GST implementation.

“Tun Mahathir will surely not listen or accept any explanation because his goal is to bring down Najib due to political revenge rather than for the country,” he said.