PETALING JAYA,. Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker has called on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to apologise for his wrongdoings when he was in power instead of passing the blame onto others.
“Why is it so difficult for people like him to repent or seek forgiveness when you are obviously in the wrong,” the MCA publicity spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday (March 14).
He said there were several times when Dr Mahathir had claimed he was “not at fault”.
Ti cited the incident where Dr Mahathir associated royal rulers with the sacking of the Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas and a few judges and he had also faulted the police during the mass arrest of political dissidents and activists during Ops Lalang. Both incidents occurred during the late 1980s when Dr Mahathir’s grip on power was firm.
“Mahathir should have stopped insulting the intelligence of the average Malaysians,” he said.
Previously, Dr Mahathir had given an exclusive interview with Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew Daily published Monday (March 12), on his role during his then deputy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sacking in 1998.
“Are we going to allow two more years of Dr Mahathir at the helm to right the wrongs that he has committed for 22 years?” he asked.
Ti added that if the late DAP veteran Karpal Singh was still alive, he would have demanded for Dr Mathathir to repent or leave politics to the younger ones.
“Instead (DAP adviser) Lim Kit Siang and the entire DAP is covering up Dr Mahathir’s past by saying he’s a changed man and is now on a path of reform,” he said.
He also questioned whether it was now in the past when Lim had said that Malaysia was doomed during Dr Mahathir’s rule.