Dr Mahathir Mohamad is amazed by the willingness of certain individuals, including those who are educated and knowledgeable, to kowtow to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
"...To even kiss his hands as their anointed leader, democratically elected,” Mahathir said in a blog post.
Citing the US Department of Justice civil suits, the former prime minister claimed these individuals must know there is "ample evidence" to link Najib to the 1MDB scandal.
"But they continue to accept him as their leader, crowding around him to shake and kiss his hand. Even the highest elites stand by him," he added.
In other countries, Mahathir said, leaders would have been removed, or at least suspended, while investigations are carried out to ascertain the truth of the allegations.
"But in Malaysia, the people, including elected leaders of the parties in the coalition government and very, very important people, are still supporting Najib's administration and premiership.
"When asked, a few aver that although there are charges of corruption and massive fraud levelled at him, in the country and throughout the world, he has not been convicted on such charges. Until he is found guilty they would continue to regard him as their legitimate leader," he added.
Alleging a cover-up by the authorities, Mahathir claimed this excuse is therefore untenable and reminded them about being guilty by association.
"They really should be ashamed of themselves... Truly, they have betrayed the rakyat who elected them to rule in accordance with the laws of the country and democracy," he added.
Najib has denied abusing public funds for personal gain and blamed such allegations on Mahathir and those conspiring to topple him from power to further their respective agendas.
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has also cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing.
The authorities have also denied any cover-up in the matter. -Mkini