Former Umno president and ex-premier Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wants to knock off Umno, not just Najib Razak, from its perch in Putrajaya.
Dr. Mahathir said he was no longer just targeting to remove Najib as the country’s prime minister.
“Umno itself must be defeated,” said Dr. Mahathir told a rally in Kota Bahru on Sunday night,
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia pro-tem chairman claimed that Umno now was in bad shape, and he was disappointed with it.
“Umno leaders were no longer proper leaders; they feared to speak up and would only follow orders,” Sinar Harian quoted the 92-year old maverick politician as saying.
“Umno has to be defeated and we need a new party that was stronger than Umno. I loved Umno. That was why I was with Umno for a long time.”
Hardliner Dr Mahathir, who critics claimed ruled Malaysia for 22 years with iron-fisted grip, has been heading a campaign for over two years now to oust Najib as Umno president and prime minister.
Until now, he has failed to dislodge Najib.
Although Dr. Mahathir claims that his anti-Najib campaign was to “save” Malaysia, critics claimed that he actually wanted to pave way for his son Mukhriz to become the prime minister via Umno.
Previously Mahathir claimed that he was going all out to oust Najib to save Umno from being defeated in the next general election.
Mahathir left Umno earlier this year and has founded Parti Pribumi, which is awaiting registration, to form a united opposition front to contest at the next general election against the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Parti Pribumi is seen as a political platform created by Mahathir for Mukhriz to continue his legacy.
Responding to criticisms of his association with the DAP in the new alliance, Dr Mahathir said Najib’s father, Abdul Razak Hussein, the country’s second prime minister, had also forged an alliance with opposition parties.
Razak formed the Barisan Nasional in 1973 after bringing opposition parties Gerakan and PAS together with Umno, MCA and MIC, which had formed the Alliance party.
“Some people have asked me, how can I work with Lim Kit Siang when I fiercely condemned him in the past and he did the same to me? But in our efforts to achieve success, we have to always be smart,” he said, pointing out that Razak had also approached the DAP, which apparently rejected the offer.
“Hence I am using the same strategy.”
Source: Malaysia Today