JOHOR BAHRU: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks about the Bugis community has riled up more and more people who are now hitting back at him, calling him rude and lacking of qualities of a statesman.
Today, representatives of 25 non-governmental organisations under the umbrella of the Johor Malay NGOs Coordinating Council (Gabung) staged a protest against the remarks made by Tun Dr Mahathir on Oct 14.
Johor Gabung vice-president Abdullah Md Yusof, who is also the information chief, said they had never expected that a former leader of the country who once called for unity would do now act to create disharmony among the people.
“Who would not be angry at being called pirates? As a leader, he (Tun Dr Mahathir) should be more aware of the effects of such seditious remarks on the unity and peace of the country.
“Tun Dr Mahathir should not have let political revenge against someone to lead him to make stupid remarks which would only cause the country to be ridiculed by foreign leaders and the world community as it would also affect national development,” he told reporters here today.
“We want Tun Dr Mahathir to apologise immediately as this has spread wide and upset many people,” he added.