MCA: Dr Mahathir's call for foreign interference an act of treason

PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has gone overboard by calling for foreign interference in his bid to bring down Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

The MCA religious harmony bureau chairman said Dr Mahathir's action was made in bad taste and tantamount to treason.

He said the former premier should not be allowed to invite foreigners to get involved in Malaysia's domestic affairs, adding that Dr Mahathir was going politically "berserk".

"I believe that many, even amongst the Opposition, will not agree to his latest antics of inviting foreign interference into our domestic affairs.

"There is no justification to invite foreign interference or to surrender our sovereignty and 'self-rule' to a foreign nation," he said in a statement Sunday.

It was reported that Dr Mahathir had told The Weekend Australian that there was little hope that Najib would step down without outside pressure.

The former premier said that while he normally did not like foreign interference in Malaysian affairs, the "avenues for redress locally has been closed completely".

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"It is absolutely absurd to say that we have exhausted all our avenues, and to say that there is a necessity for foreign interference now," said Ti.

"This is political madness and an act of desperation by a man who has never failed in ousting any leaders he wanted to," Ti added.

According to him, foreign interference was an insult to the Malaysian national pride and dignity as well as an infringement on the country's sovereignty.

Ti said that in retrospect, it had been a mistake to oust Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first prime minister, who he said led the nation on a path of secularism and a pluralistic society.

Dr Mahathir's ousters of Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Abdullah Badawi, with their "soft and moderate" approaches were also mistakes, he said.

Ti called Dr Mahathir a Machiavellian who wants to dictate to the nation and believes that his ends justifies his means.

"We must respect the due political process and have faith in our political system and the maturity of our voters.

"Ultimately the people will make their own judgment and decide via the ballot box in the coming general election," said Ti.