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Read also: Mahathir impatient turns sights on Najib . I wonder why though Malaysiakini did not highlight this new development, when the old man made his ‘declaration’ at the recent anti-Pak Lah gathering in Hotel Singgahsana, Petaling Jaya. They have instead highlighted the fact that Mahathir’s son “Mukriz backs Najib as PM but…”
No wonder Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been looking soooooooo glum these days. Perhaps, that’s the price to pay for not taking a stand, and always thinking of one’s own interest only.
His ardent supporter former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has turned his back against Najib. The former was said to have sent an ultimatum of sorts to Najib through intermediaries, telling him that if he continued to support Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the party president, he too would find himself in the line of fire.
Earlier, Mahathir had been persistently campaigning for Najib to be the next prime minister, after UMNO boots out Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
But the people do not think Najib is suitable, considering the number of skeletons in his closet (read: Altantuya, et al).
Yesteday at packed UMNO gathering, Mahathir said:
“For now, I can’t say who (should replace Abdullah). Although I have said before it should be Najib, I don’t know why for ‘some reason’ I have now changed my mind,” he said at a packed “Umno Post STAR)2th General Election: An Assessment” forum organised by mykmu.net. (
Also in The STAR:
Dr Mahathir said that, as Prime Minister for 22 years, he resigned respectably when he heard that people were questioning why “this old man” was staying for so long in the position.
He questioned why Abdullah was not prepared to do the same.
“Does he want to wait until Umno is destroyed?” he said.
Dr Mahathir also threw support behind Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s proposal for the party to hold an extraordinary general assembly to discuss the polls results, and urged members to speak out and reform the party.
Dr Mahathir’s son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said he was inclined to support Najib if he were to vie for the Umno president’s post.