Zahid’s dig at Dr Mahathir’s Indian lineage could cost Umno

Nabihah Hamid

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Sunday brandished evidence of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Indian heritage at an Umno meeting. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, August 1, 2017.

AHMAD Zahid Hamidi’s attack on Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Indian heritage could backfire on Umno’s attempts to win a segment of the Muslim vote at the next elections just as the government is trying to woo Indian-Muslims with possible Bumiputera status, a political observer and some voters said.

Zahid’s remarks that the former prime minister had used Umno and the Malays for his political gain despite being of Indian parentage would not go down well among Umno veterans and young voters, said director of research firm Ilham Centre Hisommudin Bakar.

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