Sunday, March 6, 2016

No need emergency Umno meet on Dr Mahathir, says Ku Nan

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Citizen's Declaration was not significant enough to require Umno to call for an emergency meeting to discuss it, said party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor. Berita Harian Online reported yesterday that Tengku Adnan dismissed the move to oust prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a waste of time and said it would not affect the party's preparation for the upcoming Sarawak state elections or the next general election. "I do not know why Dr Mahathir can be with opposition leaders including DAP, once his strong political foe. "Why the need for an emergency meeting, this will not be a scab for Umno, we will continue our own way, with the mandate of the people given to BN (Barisan Nasional)," he told the Malay daily. Umno Veterans' Club secretary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub was also quoted in the same daily, saying the Umno Supreme Council should not panic and instead ignore the declaration that had also involved several Umno stalwarts. Among them were former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was last month suspended from his deputy president post, former minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. "We hope Umno leaders will not hold an emergency meeting to discuss any action against the Umno leaders involved in the move to bring down Najib. Just ignore their actions," he reportedly said. Mustapha said the declaration had not impacted the party and merely served to anger BN supporters. After quitting Umno on February 29, Dr Mahathir joined forces with some of his fiercest critics and political foes to push for Najib's resignation over alleged financial scandal and undermining of institutions. DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Selangor menteri besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik were among 58 individuals who signed the declaration which was led by Dr Mahathir. Others who signed the declaration include former Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and activist Hishammuddin Rais. – March 7, 2016.]]>

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