PETALING JAYA - An aide to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has called Datuk Zaid Ibrahim a "chauvinist" for criticising the Prime Minister's wife.
Rosmah's personal assistant Rizal Mansor said the former law minister had forgotten his moral values and labelled Zaid as a "kangaroo politician".
"It is delusional of Zaid to put down a woman who is caring and motherly towards the rakyat just for cheap publicity," he said in a statement on Friday.
He said Zaid might have forgotten when Rosmah saved a Malaysian student in Egypt, who was accused of being a spy.
"Without even knowing the student, she called the then Egpyt's president's wife, Suzanne Mubarak and the student was released in two hours.
"But of course as a lawyer and a former law minister, Zaid would bounce like a 'kangaroo' and say that the Foreign Ministry should take care of the problem," he said.
He also said Rosmah had used her connections with the Saudi royalty to gain safe passage for Malaysian students that were stranded in Egypt during the Arab Spring uprising.
"We don't need to praise her, but at least we do not need to insult her," he said.
Rizal then went on to say that Rosmah did it by herself because of her "motherly instincts" and without looking for publicity.
He was responding to Zaid's blog post on May 18 titled "The People's PM", where the former minister listed the criteria needed for a prime minister and his wife.
"We do not need a PM's wife who flaunts her wealth ... we do not need to see our PM's wife travel the world in private jets while being draped in diamonds," Zaid wrote.
Rizal pointed out to Zaid that Rosmah's brainchild, Permata, had brought early education to children below four.
"As a mother, she understands the need for early education to produce better future generations," added Rizal.
He said Rosmah is a vocal woman with a talent for international diplomacy.
"It's time for Zaid to take his head out of the sand and accept the fact that the PM's wife is a smart and a brave Muslim woman.
"Malaysians should be proud to have a prime minister's wife who helps her husband in his duties. Zaid should stop criticising a woman who is trying her best for the rakyat," he said.