Saturday, February 27, 2016

Musa Hitam-Dr Mahathir spat proves friendship in politics fragile, says report

Utusan Malaysia today said the verbal spat between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his former deputy Tun Musa Hitam was proof that friendship in politics is "fragile". In an article in its weekend edition Mingguan Malaysia, it said that it was tough to translate big-heartedness and the concept of forgive and forget into reality. "I do not want to take sides, just to give a perspective on the issue for consideration," said its columnist Awang Selamat, the pseudonym for its collective editorial team. "This is how fragile friendship in politics is. "The bitterness and hurt created in politics will continue to haunt forever. "The concept of big-heartedness, generosity, forgive and forget is hard to be made into reality. "That is why I have never been interested to enter politics," it said. Musa said more than a week ago Dr Mahathir was the reason Vision 2020 could not be achieved. Musa, deputy prime minister from 1981 to 1986, said the former prime minister had undone the dream when he chose to remove potential leaders and train followers instead. In response, Dr Mahathir remarked that Musa was his first failure. "My first failure was Tun Musa Hitam himself. He could not wait for me to retire. So he resigned after five years being with me as my deputy, in a government his boys called the MM government. "He believed the Umno Supreme Council would throw me out and appoint him as president. The council decided to persuade him to return as DPM and deputy president. He came back as deputy president," Dr Mahathir said. – February 28, 2016.]]>

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