"I need Mahathir’s forgiveness like I need a hole in my head.”
This was the response given by former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir, writing on his blog yesterday, said he forgave those who had been ‘slandering him all year long’.
The former Premier specifically named TV3, Utusan Malaysia, the New Straits Times as well as Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, Tunku Abdul Aziz and Umno Supreme Council member Annuar Musa as those who he claimed slandered him, among others.
Tunku Abdul Aziz in commenting on what Mahathir said, opined that what was written was probably done ‘in a fit of absent-mindedness in keeping with a gentleman of his (Mahathir) advanced years’.
Describing Annuar and Salleh as two Umno luminaries of note, Tunku Abdul Aziz said he was ‘naturally thrilled to bits’ to be included in the posting along with the two Umno gentlemen.
“Speaking entirely for myself, his forgiveness based on his assumption of my guilt without proof as is his wont, is so typical of this man who looks for scapegoats wherever he thinks he can find them to blame for troubles of his own making,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said, adding that the offer of forgiveness was misplaced and without any basis in fact.
Tunku Abdul Aziz who has been critical of Mahathir’s foray into Opposition politics, added that age has not diminished the former Premier’s ‘flair for hypocrisy’.
“From my long observation of this gentleman, his capacity for mischief seems to be growing in parallel with his age, but I fear he is not growing old graciously or gracefully.
“Let me add my final word. Mahathir and I may, by God’s grace, have been born in Alor Setar, Kedah, but that is where any similarity ends.
“Tun, I hereby return with gratitude your forgiveness in the spirit of Hari Raya. Keep it for when you find a deserving recipient,” Tunku Abdul Aziz remarked.