ALOR STAR: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was taken to task today for blaming Barisan Nasional (BN) for the criminal prosecution of her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, after training her guns on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for two decades.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said it was ironic that the PKR president was shifting blame to BN just because the former prime minister had joined the opposition pact..
However, he said it was not surprising that Wan Azizah would do so as PKR was depending on Dr Mahathir to win support for the DAP-led opposition pact in their bid to defeat BN in the 14th General Election.
“After alleging for two decades that Dr Mahathir was to blame for the incidents that had befallen her husband, she is now shifting the blame to BN and police.
“Dr Mahathir was the prime minister in 1998 when Anwar, who was then deputy prime minister, was arrested, brought to justice and subsequently sentenced to jail,” said said the education minister.
“Wan Azizah and her daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, have, in their speeches, spoken repeatedly about how Anwar was manhandled when he was arrested during the political turmoil after he was sacked.”
On a separate matter, Mahdzir urged Kedah voters to reject candidates from outside who were not keen to serve their constituents
Citing Alor Star member of parliament Gooi Hsiao-Leung as an example, he said the PKR candidate had now left the constituency after failing to serve the people to contest in Penang.
“Most of them come here once in five years. They don’t serve the constituents and move from one seat to another, like nomads.”
Mahdzir, who is defending his Padang Terap parliamentary seat, is confident that the Siamese community will support BN.
“We have Siamese voters in Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis and Penang, and they have given full support to BN in every general election.
“They have a good relationship with BN leaders. I believe they will continue to support BN.”