Only a dictatorship would ask pupils to raise the ruling party’s flags and sing the party’s song, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He was asked to comment on an Umno-themed decoration contest and play at SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1), which saw students chanting “Hidup Umno” (Long live Umno) and waving flags of the party.
“I once visited a country where the people must support the top leader, it is a country which practised dictatorship,” he said when met at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) headquarters.
“They ask the people to praise the leader, sing the song of the leader. Such practice has spread to Malaysia under the leadership of prime minister Najib Abdul Razak,” he added.
“That’s why, (the students) were asked to lie to themselves from childhood, this is the way of the dictatorship,” he said.
Mahathir said he never did such a thing during his 22 years tenure as Umno president and prime minister.