Go be an ‘ustaz’ at some kampung, Dr M tells Hadi

Dr M said Hadi has zero political knowledge and is unfit to lead any government. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

PETALING JAYA, April 17 — Told to treat Malaysians for free at 1Malaysia clinics, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has now suggested PAS rival Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang become a religious teacher in “some kampung”.

In a scathing response to the PAS president’s mocking advice earlier, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said Hadi has zero political knowledge and is unfit to lead any government.

“He doesn’t know anything about politics, what more on administration. Just look at what happened to Terengganu under his leadership.

“He should not have joined politics in the first place. He should just be an ustaz at some kampung,” Dr Mahathir said after chairing a PH presidential council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor here this afternoon.

At a talk in Juru, Penang yesterday, Hadi reportedly said that Dr Mahathir should use his medical expertise for charity at the federal government’s 1Malaysia clinics instead of spending his advanced age in politics again.

Dr Mahathir, 92, also told Hadi to improve his religious knowledge about Islam so that he would not lead Muslims astray with his “improper” guidance.

“He should go back to school and learn Islam again. The true Islam, I mean. If he needs help, I can point him to an al-Quran.

“If you don’t have enough religious knowledge, you will lead people astray.

“When he comes back from studying, if he then understands Islam immensely, maybe we can have him teaching at an Islamic university,” the former prime minister who is seeking a return to the office for the second time said.

Dr Mahathir also took a shot at MIC treasurer-general Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari after the latter criticised him for not being able to “save a business”, referring to Japanese-inspired premium bakery The Loaf which the former started 12 years ago after retiring from government.

Dr Mahathir claimed the bakery could not continue its business because of the country’s poor economy, which he blamed on Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership.

“If Najib was not the prime minister and the economy is good, The Loaf could have stayed in business.

“Things are so bad now. Not just The Loaf, many other bigger businesses have shut down and foreign investors have also pulled out,” he said.

Vell Paari had earlier compared PH’s bold promise to “save Malaysia”, not just politically, but also economically within the first 100 days if it won GE14 to Dr Mahathir’s alleged failure to keep The Loaf afloat.

The Loaf, which opened its first outlet in Langkawi in 2006, ceased operations on April 12.

At first, Dr Mahathir denied owning any shares in the business but made a U-turn less than 24 hours later in a response to Singapore’s Straits Times.

He said he had to make such business decision because he could not find a buyer and could no longer retain the losses.