Pop singer Siti Nurhaliza pledges support for ‘lonely’ Dr M

Two popular local artistes have pledged their support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after the former prime minister said he was alone in the quest for answers over various issues raised with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysia's wealthiest female singer, said her support would always be with Dr Mahathir, noting that he had left a lasting legacy in developing the nation.

"Love u Tun & sentiasa bersama Tun..Sejarah kepimpinan Tun mengharungi pelbagai cabaran &dugaan membangunkan Malaysia hingga terkenal di mata dunia patut kita hargai serta contohi," she said in a posting on social networking site Instagram.

“Tiada yang muda kalau tidak kerana orang tua .. #sayaanakMalaysia #sebak."

(Love you Tun and am always with Tun...Tun's leadership history in facing many challenges and adversities in developing Malaysia that it has become known in the world, should be appreciated and emulated. There will not be young ones if not for the old people).

Since it was uploaded a day ago, her posting has garnered some 17,000 likes.

In his latest post on his popular blog on Monday, Dr Mahathir said he felt as if he was alone in his quest for answers over various issues he had raised, referring to the 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) debts and the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The former prime minister said he was merely seeking answers and denied his attacks were the result of Putrajaya not building the crooked bridge linking Johor and Singapore.

Actress Rozita Che Wan also assured Dr Mahathir that he was not alone but added that no one would listen to their questions as they were only "ordinary folks".

"Tun tidak kesaorangan..kami sentiasa teguh di belakang....Tapi kami ni org marhein sapa nk dengaq soqa kami #sayaanakmalaysia #welovetun #tundrmahathirmohammad #bencigst," said the posting, which has gained more than 10,000 likes.

A screengrab of Datuk Siti Nurhaliza’s Instagram post showing her support for former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 15, 2015.
A screengrab of Datuk Siti Nurhaliza’s Instagram post showing her support for former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 15, 2015.

Both artistes' postings evoked strong responses from dozens of fans who also expressed support for Dr Mahathir.

Earlier today, former Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said that the former prime minister could always count on the silent majority for support.

Muhammad, who is now a PAS member, said the majority of people, like Dr Mahathir, were also eager to find out the truth because many of the questions remained unanswered.

"Dr Mahathir is not alone on this. The majority is following the development (between Dr Mahathir and Najib) and instead of giving answers, the prime minister is going around gathering his supporters to show off strength.

"There is nothing to cheer about really. I think the silent majority is watching from the sidelines and listening to what Dr Mahathir is saying," Muhammad, also known as Mat Taib, told The Malaysian Insider.

Mat Taib also said that both Najib and Putrajaya should take Dr Mahathir's criticism positively because there were now too many indications showing that the country was no longer on track, politically, socially and economically.

He said during the 11 years working under Dr Mahathir, the latter had never rebuked anyone blindly, unless he wanted changes for the better.

Dr Mahathir has gone on a tirade against Najib in recent months, urging the prime minister to step down over the 1MDB scandal, for continuing the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia, and also the murder of Altantuya.

Najib gave a special interview on TV3 to address the issues raised by Dr Mahathir last week but the latter noted that there were many questions still left unanswered which included the whereabouts of 1MDB's Cayman Islands funds which had reportedly been parked in Singapore. – April 15, 2015.