Officiating ceremony: Dr Mahathir and Lt-Kol Azzam launching the book at Wisma Perwira in Jalan Padang Tembak. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Those who instigate racial and religious tensions have failed to learn from history, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I think people are not learning from their past. There is no benefit in having confrontation, tension, instability, etc.
“What’s the good of fighting? You kill each other but in the end, what do you get?” the former prime minister asked.
He was speaking to reporters after launching the book Reminiscences of Insurrection: Malaysia’s Battle Against Terrorism by war veteran Lt-Kol Mohd Azzam Mohd Hanif Ghows here yesterday.
Dr Mahathir was commenting on alleged remarks by Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abdullah Rahman that the Chinese who came to Malaya were tresspassers and his questioning of their citizenship and wealth in the country.
“It is not helping to calm the situation. He shouldn’t say that. (He should) keep (it) to himself.
“It is not contributing any good to this country. The fact is, the Chinese are here. They are Malaysian citizens and they have their rights,” he said.
Asked on Abdullah Zaik’s comments that hudud should be imposed upon both Muslims and non-Muslims, Dr Mahathir said: “If he reads the Quran properly, it says God does not like people who create turmoil. So, he should follow the Quran.”
On whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was doing a good job in handling religious and racial tension, Dr Mahathir said it was up to the people as they had elected him.