Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mahathir no longer represents Umno

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears very confused about what his real motives are. On the one hand he says he opposes Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and wants Najib replaced because if not then Umno, and by extension Barisan Nasional, is going to lose the next general election.

If Najib is detrimental to the party and, therefore, he should be replaced, whom does Mahathir propose as the replacement? This, Mahathir will not state and he even said that it should not be Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

As Najib said last week in his interview with the Indonesian media, Mahathir is upset that his son, Mukhriz, has failed to climb the Umno ladder where he attempted to secure the Umno Youth leadership in 2009 and an Umno Vice President’s seat in 2013. This would be a prerequisite for Mukhriz to becoming the Deputy Prime Minister and in future the Prime Minister and that now appears impossible.

Mahathir hides behind the excuse that whatever he is doing he is doing so for the good of Umno. However, there is nothing that he is doing that is good for Umno. How can going into partnership with Lim Kit Siang, the man who dislikes Umno the most, and the rest of the opposition, be considered for the good of Umno? Is burning down the house an act of improving the house?

Mahathir is so deeply entrenched with DAP that he has become an enemy of Umno. Mahathir has made no secret of the fact that he wants to punish Umno, just like he openly did in 2008. Umno has to realise that Mahathir is working closely with Lim Kit Siang and DAP in the hope that Barisan Nasional will perform badly during the 14th general election.

This is why Mahathir cannot accept the positive decision made by PAC regarding 1MDB as well as the explanation given by the Saudi Arabia Government that the RM2.6 billion is indeed a donation. Mahathir will continue to search for whatever excuse to attack the Prime Minister. 

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