Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has slammed his political nemesis Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s use of the now viral term, ‘bossku‘.
He called it a term only “a slave” uses to address their ‘boss’. This was when speaking at a campaign in Semenyih recently (Feb 28) to rally support for Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said of the viral slogan:
We love a good roast from time to time.
Mahathir explained that the word or term ‘boss’, originated from the United States between the 17th and 18th century—that African slaves used the term to refer to their ‘owners’.
The slogan, “Nak malu apa, bossku” (translates to : There’s nothing to be ashamed of, bossku) coined by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has been actively making its rounds on social media and garnering newfound popularity for the former Malaysian prime minister and has indirectly helped Barisan Nasional (BN).
He has been using the term and slogan in an attempt to endear himself to blue-collar youths, tapping on the “rempit” (wayward youth) culture.
PM Mahathir, who has been a vocal critic of Najib Razak and BN, also addressed the crowd that he did not understand how someone facing money laundering charges could be referred to as “boss”, slamming those who support him are also thieves.
“Eh, we have achieved independence, there is no more slavery lah,” he jested to loud cheers from the thousand-strong crowd that turned up.
The Prime Minister also urged Semenyih voters to vote for PH’s 30-year-old Semenyih by-election candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali.
According to The Malay Mail, PM Mahathir stated that despite his young age, he would be backed by many senior leaders in the coalition, including the nonagenarian premier himself:
Parti Pribumi Malaysia Bersatu’s (PPBM), part of the ruling Pakatan Harapan alliance, deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and the party’s Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman were also present at this event
Muhammad Aiman Zainali competed against Zakaria Hanafi from Barisan Nasional (BN), Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), and Kuan Chee Heng as an independent candidate in the Semenyih by-election.
The Semenyih by-election recently concluded with a victory to BN.