Umno information chief Annuar Musa today brushed off former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's presence at an opposition-called meeting in the Parliament building.
The meeting attended by opposition MPs was on parliamentary immunity, following police investigation on three former cabinet ministers for allegedly breaching the Official Secrets Act through their Dewan Rakyat speeches on 1MDB.
Mahathir attended the meeting as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson.
"All these small issues, to me it's not very important.
"My answer is very simple - bringing Mahathir to Parliament, it's just like bringing an antique car to a F1 race. It's nice to look at, but not relevant for racing," Annuar quipped.
Those investigated are former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, former deputy minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former rural and regional minister Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Husni, who is BN's Tambun MP, did not attend today's meeting.
Asked on the investigation on Husni, Annuar said he sometimes shares the ex-ministers views and that he has rights to speak in Parliament.
"He spoke at a proper place, in accordance with the House rules. We must not blame Husni for speaking in Parliament," he said.
He said the government can take the opportunity to explain the 1MDB situation by replying to Husni's queries.
"I don't think Husni is already an issue. I respect him, and I still like the man," he said.- Mkini