NAJIB Razak is not his father, Abdul Razak Hussein, a clearly disappointed Dr Mahathir Mohamad told a crowd of about 1,000 people when he pleaded that they do note vote for the prime minister in the 14th general election.
The Pakatan Harapan chairman said unlike his father, Najib, did not contribute towards nation building but was more intent on destroying the country.
“I admit that I made Najib prime minister. I put in the effort because of Razak (Najib’s father).
“He (Razak) was well loved because of his contributions to the country, especially in rural areas and Felda settlements.
“The son of Razak while not exactly the same, did not have those qualities of his faher,” Dr Mahathir said at a ceramah in Chini 2, Pekan last night.
Abdul Razak was Dr Mahathir’s mentor in politics who charted his path in being the longest serving prime minister in the nation’s history.
The 92-year old added instead of working hard like Abdul Razak, Najib chose to instead buy his way out of problems.
“When he became PM, he said cash is king. Money could buy anything, including votes.
“That is the Najib’s way. The father is unlike him. He worked hard till his early demise,” Dr Mahathir said.
“Felda is an Umno stronghold. It is a safe deposit for Umno. Even though Felda has strong support of Umno, they should think again.”
Dr Mahathir also said that the people in Felda should follow his example and quit Umno.
“I am confident this time around we would change the government. Najib plays the race card. Malays and Chinese are divided. Malays are easily influenced by money.
“But, this time around, the Malays are not like that. If he gives money, accept it but don’t give him the votes,” he said.
Dr Mahathir had said that he had helped Najib to be PM and even campaigned for him in the previous general elections.
Najib has been MP for Pekan since 1976. He defeated PKR former deputy youth chief Fariz Musa with a majority of 35,613 in 2013.
After a falling out in 2015 over Putrajaya’s mismanagement of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Dr Mahathir has been Najib’s most fierce critic.
This was Dr Mahathir’s second ceramah after he was discharged from hospital recently for a chest infection.
The Pakatan Harpan chairman, who has gone to the ground since last year, has upped his attacks against Umno and BN ahead of GE14.
Last night he was accompanied by Amanah president Mohammad Sabu, PH secretary Saifuddin Nasution, DAP’s Ronnie Liu and Bersatu youth wing chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.