Monday, February 29, 2016
Mahathir made the right move to resign from Umno
Salleh Said Keruak
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has, for the third time, left Umno, although the first time in 1969 he was sacked by the party President, Tunku Abdul Rahman. This is probably for the best because when one’s relationship with the party or the party leader is no longer tenable then it is pointless for one to remain in the party.
Furthermore, Dr Mahathir’s actions are hurting the party and for him to remain in the party while at the same time going against the party does not seem logical. If Dr Mahathir wants to continue to attack Umno then he should do so outside Umno. That would be the noble and ethical thing to do.
I am saddened by this episode, not so much because he has, yet again, left Umno but because of the circumstances behind his resignation. No one can deny that Dr Mahathir did a lot for the country in his 22 years as Prime Minister, although his term of office was not entirely free of blemish. But the events over the last year and his resignation today will be remembered more than the good he has done.
I wish to take both the good and bad with equal measure and would like to remind the people that although this is a sad part in our party’s history, there were good times as well and we have to take the mix of the two. I realise this matter is not going to end here and that we shall continue to hear from Dr Mahathir. However, I just hope we can maintain some dignity and decorum and not drag the country down to gutter politics.
And with all sincerity I would like to wish Dr Mahathir the very best for the future.