When prodded for a response at a function this afternoon, Mahathir, who is still an Umno member, said : "I must be a racist if Nazri says I am racist. Don't ever say that I am not. He knows everything. He belongs to a party which is racist... which is Umno."
"Umno is a party perkauman and is meant only for Malays and nobody (else) can join. So he (Nazri) is in a racist party but says he is against racism. So he should resign from the party," he added.
Despite an ongoing furore that the BTN training modules promoted a racist agenda, Mahathir had said on Sunday that the bureau's curriculum had helped foster unity as the courses were attended by Malaysians of all races.
In an immediate reaction, Nazri was far from apologetic for having trampled on the octogenarian's toes.
"That is the most stupidest statement that I have heard in my life," he told reporters in Parliament. "It only confirms what I said was right."
Stressing that Barisan Nasional constituted the bigger picture, Nazri said he had no role in setting the agenda for Umno during its formation.
The minister said that he joined the ruling party because he wanted to serve the government and the people.
"When you want to talk about forming the party, he (Mahathir) was involved in forming the party. That is not my problem, that's his problem. I only joined the system as it is," he added.
Continuing the tirade, the minister said: "If Umno is a racist party, he was president of a racist party, so he is a racistlah. The argument does not make him less of a racist."
tunku : what a stupid answer from nazri . he should resign from Umno asap if he knows that the system is racist and he said he is against racism.what a bloody stupid thing to say that he was not involved in forming the party and he just joined the system.where is your stand now?if you know the party is not right, why you want to join it? get lost from Umno and go to pakatan rakyat.they will welcome you there bloody nazri.you have became the donkey of pakatan by creating tense in Umno.