Dr Mahathir has done it again. This time two days before the Ijok by-election on Saturday. Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged voters to send a signal to the ruling coalition and refuse to let a "rotten government" buy their support, an online newspaper said onThursday.
Earlier, the ex-premier revealed that prime minister Abdullah Badawi was to serve for a term before passing the leadership baton to his deputy Najib Razak. Abdullah has hinted that he wanted to serve for two more terms. Many observers believed his decision has irked the former premier.
Dr M said, "If you vote because you get a lot of money or because you get a lot ofprojects, you may get a rotten government which uses money in order to buy your vote." He stopped short of calling on voters to choose the candidate from the opposition.
However, Dr M's statement is seen as having crossed the point of no return. I am sure the heat is on and the former premier will become more vocal leading to the general elections.
I watched the late news on TV3 yesterday. It showed a clip on a slip of tougue by the Keadilan candidate Khalid Ibrahim. He was caught on camera urging his supporters to vote for a "BN candidate" when rounding up his speech. I thought it was a cheap potshot.
Ijok by-election results will be closely watched by both the opposition and BN as an indicator to the coming GE.