Here is Tun Dr Mahathir's reply to earlier report.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed a human rights report released by Suaram, which said Malaysia''s poor human rights situation signalled a return to his era.
The former prime minister also said the report showed poor judgement and described the human rights NGO as a lackey of foreign countries or some politicians.
"If you are concerned about human rights, you must not be concerned about human rights in this country only. In Gaza, people are being killed. Did they say anything about it.
"Did they do anything to help?," he told reporters after attending Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) Ideapreneuer Innovation Programme 2010 at the Malaysian Technology Park Auditorium in Bukit Jalil near here today.
In its Civil and Political Right Report 2010 released today, Suaram had said that violation of human rights this year, including arrests over public assemblies and clampdown on media, were signals of a "closing society".
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Dr Mahathir also said that the report was basically political.
"But they are thinking politically in Malaysia and they must make accusations, accuse people that they are against. That is not a good judgement," he said.
"I can also say they are guilty of breaching human rights because I have the right to say...they are just lackeys of some other countries or some politicians. That is my right to say," he added.