KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) warned PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli (pic) to watch his words after he dismissed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's role in Pakatan Harapan's victory in the recent general election.
Terengganu Pribumi chief Datuk Razali Idris maintains that the current Prime Minister had a great strategy which resulted in the win.
"Never in its history has Pakatan agreed to contest under one logo and settle seat distribution among component party members.
"Pakatan even announced its choice for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
On Sunday (May 27), Rafizi, who is also the founder of Invoke, said issues such as the rising cost of living and Goods and Services Tax (GST) won Pakatan the election.
Razali said there were no riots and the transition of power was a peaceful one even if there were speculations that the country might fall into ruins if Barisan Nasional lost.
Razali said Dr Mahathir had taken merely a year and a half to achieve what took PKR and DAP years.
"The rising cost of living has been a problem for a long time but the people still defended Barisan because they were afraid of a change.
"Before change could happen, they wanted to see a united Pakatan with a solid leadership and the determination to take over the Government.
"They saw this in Dr Mahathir, but now we must not be too proud because the people are not afraid of change," he said.
Despite Pakatan's nationwide win, the coalition failed to win a seat in Terengganu with Pribumi failing to pose a challenge to either Umno or PAS.
Razali also chided Invoke's earlier speculation which said that PAS would be the biggest loser in the election.
"Instead, PAS won two-thirds majority in two states and almost formed the state government in Kedah," he said, referring to PAS' victory in continuing to govern Kelantan and retaking Terengganu.
"The Malay-Muslim people abhor such arrogance and because of a statement made by an arrogant leader, Pakatan did not win any seats in Kelantan and Terengganu, even when we thought we had some in hand.
"Rafizi should stop acting like a hero," he said.
Razali added that if Rafizi continues down the same path, Pakatan could lose in the next general election.
"Now is not the time for belittling others but to rebuild the nation.
"Invoke shares the same motto but it is a pity that Rafizi has chosen to move backwards and create an internal crisis within Pakatan," he said.