Mahathir mocks fat people in viral video

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 May 2017

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has been accused of body shaming by mocking fat people in a recent speech.

A viral video that has been circulating online and via messaging apps displays a snippet of Dr Mahathir's speech in Jitra, Kedah, on Tuesday that shows the former prime minister making fun of fat people.

The video starts with the words: "Is this the standard of our statesman? Standard of a party chairman? Mocking someone's wife? Mocking the body size of bigger people?"

The video clip then cuts to Dr Mahathir on stage, addressing a crowd.

"Everyone knows I eat too little, that is why I'm skinny," said Dr Mahathir.

"I don't want to be fat like certain people who are very rotund. Like someone's wife, when she walks it's like (mimics waddling). I don't want to be like that," he said.

The video then ends with the words: "Larger sized people should not support low-standard people like this who likes to mock others. Driven by vengeance, Dr Mahathir has gone mad and has lost his class and dignity."