Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants former Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to repent for using the name of “Allah” in making various allegations against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Zahid, who is a Umno vice-president but carrying out the duties of deputy president following the suspension of Muhyiddin Yassin from the post, said Nizar should change and reflect upon himself.
“I’m not surprised by the words from his mouth as he apparently has not changed and has not repented over what he has gone through before,” said the deputy prime minister.
He said this when asked to comment on Nizar’s statement cited on social media that said: “God wants the people of Kuala Kangsar to ‘teach’ (to defeat) BN through the Kuala Kangsar by-election.”
“I hope that his repentance receives Allah’s mercy,” said Zahid referring to the statement.
Nizar, who is Perak Amanah deputy chairman, was reported to have made the statement during a ceramah in Kampung Sayong Lembah here yesterday.
Nizar was said to have wondered why from the 222 parliamentary seats in the country, the by-elections were being held in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, and said this could be divine intervention.
“When I thought about it deeply, it came to my realisation that this is where I was given the mandate to be the Perak Menteri Besar from March 2008 to February 2009.
“This is where those two came and seized the Pakatan Rakyat government which I had led.
“Who were the two? None other than (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) and (Ahmad) Zahid,” Nizar was quoted as saying in a report on social media.
Zahid, who is also the Bagan Datoh MP, said he would not react to every word said by Nizar.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said what Nizar had said was “rude”.
He said he did not expect Nizar to utter such words without considering the feelings of the family of the late Wan Mohammad Khair-il, just for political reasons.
“Because I knew Datuk Wan Khair-il well. I know his wife. I know his children,” Hishammuddin said when asked to comment after visiting the Ramadan bazaar at Taman Berkat, Sungai Besar, today.
Hishammuddin, who is Umno vice-president, said based on Nizar’s character, it was difficult to stop him from making such statements.
He urged others not to follow Nizar’s example and to consider the feelings of the late MP’s family.