PEKAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is leveraging on the people's memories of departed leaders by visiting their graves.
The Barisan Nasional chairman said that the 93-year-old former premier was resorting to using this as political material.
"I saw online that he tried to visit (former PAS spiritual leader) Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat's grave. The late PAS leader's family had the grave locked and refused to let him in.
"If he was sincere, why didn't he visit earlier. Why wait until the elections?" Najib said at a gathering with Felda Chini settlers here Sunday.
Najib added that Dr Mahathir had also insulted the families of those killed in the Memali incident.
"By trying to cover his own mistake, he called the deaths of those killed in Memali as 'mati katak' (dying in vain)," said Najib.
Dr Mahathir had said the 14 people who were killed in the 1985 incident did not die as martyrs but had died in vain.
On Friday (May 4), a day after delivering his speech, Dr Mahathir apologised for causing anger with his statement.
Najib also said Dr Mahathir was old and was in his twilight years.
"How long are we supposed to depend on him? One or two years? Our struggle is longer than that," he said.