Bekas presiden Kesatuan Guru-guru Melayu Malaysia Barat (KGMMB), Nordin Mahmood berkata ketua umum PKR itu "telah lama dizalimi" oleh bekas perdana menteri tersebut dengan pelbagai cara dan patut dibela.
"Mahathir mendakwa beliau banyak berjasa kepada negara termasuk bangsa Melayu.
"Untuk memastikan sama ada benar beliau seorang yang banyak berjasa kepada rakyat terutama orang Melayu dan negara ini, dan masih mendapat sokongan daripada rakyat, wajarlah Mahathir bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 ini menentang Anwar," katanya di sidang akhbar di Kuala Lumpur hari ini
"Saya yakin rakyat akan menjadi hakim yang adil dalam pertandingan ini," tambah Nordin, yang pernah menganggotai majlis ekonomi negara pada 1990.
Selain itu, Nordin berpendapat, mantan perdana menteri itu juga kini semakin kuat menyerang Anwar walaupun telah bersara daripada politik.
Tambahnya, pertandingan dua tokoh politik itu juga dapat menguji kekuatan dan populariti Anwar untuk mengambil alih kepimpinan negara.
Nordin juga turut mencadangkan agar Mahathir dan Anwar bertanding di Parlimen Permatang Pauh.
"Takdirnya, kalau Mahathir kalah (di Permatang Pauh) tidaklah beliau berasa rendah diri kerana kawasan ini adalah kubu kuat Anwar.
"Kalau bertanding di Kubang Pasu dan Mahathir kalah, maka jatuhlah status ketokohan beliau.
"Kalau tak setuju juga, mereka boleh bertanding di mana-mana kawasan atau di Kuala Lumpur. Saya yakin Anwar di mana-mana akan diterima rakyat," katanya lagi.-malaysiakini
Mahathir must take on Anwar in GE 13...
A former teachers' union president wants the former premier to take on his former deputy in the next general election.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad should take on his arch nemesis Anwar Ibrahim in the coming general election, said former West Malaysia Malay Teachers Union president Nordin Mahmood.
And Nordin wanted the duo to do battle in Anwar’s traditional stronghold of Permatang Pauh in Penang.
“As he [Mahathir] is adamant that he has contributed greatly to the country and that he still has the support of the rakyat, to prove this, he should contest against Anwar.
“Even if he loses, it would not be a great embarrassment as the seat is the stronghold of Anwar.
But if he contests in Kubang Pasu [Mahathir's former parliamentary seat in Kedah] and ends up losing, his leadership status would suffer severely,” he added.
Nordin said if Mahathir wins, then Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should quit and allow the former to assume the post once again.
If not, Nordin said, the pair could contest in any constituency, even in Kuala Lumpur.
Nordin expressed his confidence that in whichever seat Mahathir and Anwar contested, Anwar would be the one accepted by the people.
Furthermore, he said Najib looked “very tired”.
As for Anwar, he said that a victory against Mahathir would prove his strength and popularity with regard to becoming prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat wins in the general election.
Nordin said that of late, Mahathir’s attacks against Anwar have increased because he is wary that the latter would become the prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat were to win in GE13.
“Mahathir’s attacks have been personal in nature. He should be criticising Pakatan’s policies instead of attacking Anwar on a personal level.
“This is evident in how he incited PAS to not suggest Anwar as the prime minister and ‘predicting’ that Anwar would resort to violence a la the Arab Spring if he were to lose in the GE13,” he said.
Nordin added that it is quite peculiar for Mahathir to continue to be active as though he is still the prime minister.
“In other countries, leaders who have stepped down retire wholly and become respected statesmen. Unfortunately for Mahathir, some of the rakyat no longer respect him due to his political one-sided support for BN,” said Nordin.
He admitted that in Mahathir’s 22-year tenure as prime minister, he has no doubt contributed to the country.
“However, his socio-economic policy was not friendly to people in the lower income bracket, favoured the elites, created cronyism and corruption was rampant,” Nordin said.
He added that Mahathir is the reason for the collapse in the Malay language due to the implementation of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI) during his administration.
“PPSMI was implemented without the consultation of education and Malay language experts and the teachers’ union.
“His policy has led to the decline of the Malay language and the national education policy,” said Nordin.-FMT
Jadual acara Anwar Ibrahim di Kedah hari ini...
15 Februari 2013 (Jumaat)
1) 3.30 – 5.30 ptg - Anwar Ibrahim Bersama Rakyat di Kuala Kedah
Lokasi: Taman Damai Mentaloon, Alor Setar
2) 8.30- 12.00 mlm : Ceramah Perdana – Demi Rakyat
Lokasi: Pekan Rabu Kuah, Langkawi
3) Barisan Penceramah:
i. YB. Anwar Ibrahim
ii. YAB Dato’ Seri Azizan Abdul Razak
iii. YBhg Dato’ Wan Salleh Wan Isa
iv. YBhg Zubir Ahmad