PETALING JAYA: Former law minister and PKR supreme council member Zaid Ibrahim lambasted Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for 'attacking' Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar for her comments in Indonesian newspaper, Kompas.
Zaid, in his blog post, said Nurul has become a target after what she said about the nations economy and the controversial purchase of submarines in the interview with the publication.
He said both the senior cabinet ministers should instead focus on important national policies such as the New Economic Model or the alarming frequency of racist incidents lately.
"They should talk about why so many Felda settlers are taking Felda to court. Or they could also explain the process of appointment principals in schools of the country.
"Or they can even explain how disgusting racist and facist opinions could still be tolerated without any action taken against them," said Zaid.
Zaid said both ministers claimed Nurul has tarnished the image of the country and a police report was even made by "those with nothing else better to do".
He said Nurul was only commenting about the government but not the country.
'Rakyat knows the difference'
"In other words, the comments and opinion of Nurul must be in praise of the Barisan Nasional government, and only then it is considered as praising the name of the country.
"When she criticises and questions the government and its decision, it means she has tarnished the good name of the nation," he said.
Zaid said such narrow-minded thinking and logic of not knowing the difference between country and government is the cause of all problems.
"This is why the rakyat's money is been used as if it is BN's money. Public institutions like the Elections Commission and the police are also used by them as if it it was BN's right.
"This country belongs to all Malaysians irrespective of political alignment. Anyone, including Nurul, can discuss and criticise policies and the buying of submarines.
"What has that got to do with the nation's dignity? Only the dignity of BN has been tarnished with those criticisms," said Zaid.
Zaid said anyone can give their views about the shortcomings and weaknesses of BN policies, whether locally or abroad.
"Zahid Hamidi and Hishammuddin will try to avoid these issues by using our 'country' as their defence, but the rakyat knows the difference between the country and the BN," he added.