KOTA KINABALU - A senior Sabah Barisan Nasional leader has taken Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to task for his recent attacks against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Dr Mahathir is well respected for his contributions to the nation but that the former premier should look at himself in the mirror before demanding for Najib to quit.
"Maybe Mahathir has forgotten …when he was prime minister people had asked him to step down many times but he refused," Dr Maximus said when closing PBS Mukim Ulu Bengkoka annual general meeting in Kota Marudu on Monday.
He said PBS was among those which had asked for Dr Mahathir to step down as premier 20 years ago because the party had blamed him for allowing illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship in Sabah.
"He ignored our calls then. Today he admits that there is such a thing as Project IC and that there is nothing wrong in giving citizenship to immigrants simply for being in Sabah for a long time and for having relatives here.
"By his admission, Project IC existed to provide citizenship to these people, ignoring the rules and laws on citizenship and eligibility," said Dr Maximus.
PBS has always maintained that such an act amounted to treason, he added.
"We are disappointed by such statements but it proves that PBS' claim against Mahathir was true all along," he added.