From The Malaysian Insider
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz has called Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “childish and lame” for saying he is among those whom the former prime minister thought was unfit to be a minister.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider, Nazri, who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he was surprised that he had been singled out by Dr Mahathir.
“I am surprised by this because as far as I can remember, Mahathir appointed me as a minister back in 1999.
“But it doesn’t matter to me. He is not the prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is and he appointed me and that says enough,” he said jovially.
Dr Mahathir had named Nazri earlier today as one of the ministers he felt should not have been made a Cabinet member. The former PM claimed Nazri had been nasty to him.
The former prime minister also named Datuk Johari Baharum as someone he thought should not have been made a deputy minister.
Dr Mahathir’s remarks today came after he expressed disappointment last week that Najib had appointed “unsavoury characters” into his Cabinet.
Nazri upon hearing this laughed and said that Dr Mahathir should have come up with a much more solid reason to describe him as unfit for a Cabinet post.
“If that is his reason, I would say he is lame and childish. I would expect to hear a more solid reason from him,” he said.
“You can write in your report that I think he is definitely childish and lame,” he added.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries minister Datuk Johari Baharum could not be contacted for comment.
Dr Mahathir had cited Johari’s corruption allegations case where the latter allegedly received money to free a detainee back in 2007 when he was the deputy internal security minister.
Johari was later cleared off the charges.