Monday, February 29, 2016

Dr Mahathir hurting Umno, right for him to quit, says minister

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has made the right move to leave Umno as it is pointless for him to remain with the party, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. Reacting to news of the former prime minister's announcement to leave the party, Salleh said Dr Mahathir's decision was "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". He added that this was the third time now that the longest serving prime minister had been out of Umno, having been sacked the first time in 1969 by then prime minister and party president, Tunku Abdul Rahman. The second time was in May 2008, over unhappiness with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the then prime minister who had led Barisan Nasional to dismal results in the general election that year. "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," Salleh wrote in his blog. Salleh is currently the party's Sabah liaison deputy chairman. – February 29, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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