Following is an article adapted from Says complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament (MP) Nurul Izzah reportedly called Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad a “former dictator” in a recent interview
During an interview with The Straits Times, Nurul revealed that her heart has been broken due to Mahathir’s return to power.
“It’s been so turbulent and tumultuous… I think my heart’s been broken as well,” she told the Singapore daily.
“Having to work with a former dictator who wreaked so much damage – not just on our lies, but the system… It was not easy,” she added.
TTF: Prior to the 14th general election, Nurul told voters that Mahathir had repented and was a changed man.
She then asked Malaysians to forgive him and give him a second chance.
We all knew none of what she said was true.
Still, if indeed Nurul had forgiven him, why is she now bringing to surface his past misdeeds?
Does that not tell you that she took Malaysians for a ride only to get her father out of jail?
And are we not paying a heavy price for that ride?
Following her interview, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) adviser N. Surendran hit out at Nurul for her statement
While Nurul’s name was not mentioned, Surendran questioned if her comments during the interview were acceptable through a tweet yesterday, 24 March.
“The timing, platform, and manner is all wrong,” Surendran wrote.
The prominent lawyer was referring to the current water agreement and maritime territorial disputes between Malaysia and Singapore.
Surendran questioned if it was acceptable for Nurul, a leading government MP, to call the Prime Minister a “former dictator” in an exclusive interview with the Singapore daily.
TTF: Surendran should have posed this question to Anwar and Mahathir back when the duo went globe trotting, telling foreign media that Malaysia under Najib was kleptocratic.
When Barisan National accused PH of ‘tarnishing Malaysia’s image,’ PH responded by saying that it was the democratic right of any individual to express himself (or herself) freely no mater his (or her) affiliation.
So what’s the problem?
And if indeed Nurul’s status as MP is the issue, why has Surendran yet to reprimand Waytha Moorthy – a sitting Senator and Minister – for telling foreign media that Hindus in Malaysia were forcibly converted to Islam?
Why, is it ok for Senators to spew such garbage?
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali also chipped in on Nurul’s statement
In a tweet last night, Azmin apparently took aim at the Permatang Pauh MP following her interview and decision to quit the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
According to Malaysiakini, the Economic Affairs Minister was criticising those who whined in his tweet – an indirect reference to Nurul.
Free Malaysia Today reported that Nurul had resigned as a PAC member last week after opposition MP Ronald Kiandee, chairman of the committee, quit Barisan Nasional and joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
The Permatang Pauh MP also revealed that she is serving her final term as an MP.
In addition, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman came to Mahathir’s defence following Nurul’s interview
According to Free Malaysia Today, Syed Saddiq said that many reforms have taken place since Mahathir’s return to power.
“We have enabled media freedom, freed up the Election Commission, separated the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission from the Prime Minister’s Office and come up with a structural plan to combat corruption,” the Muar MP told Free Malaysia Today.
Syed Saddiq added that it was Mahathir who asked for a limit on the Prime Minister’s tenure through a constitutional amendment.