Thursday, March 10, 2016

Selangor Mubarak says willing to mediate in Dr Mahathir-Najib spat

The Selangor chapter of the Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) today expressed its willingness to mediate between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Selangor Mubarak president Tan Sri Abu Hassan Omar said the protracted disagreement between Najib and Dr Mahathir should be resolved through negotiations for the sake of all parties. He said the move to mediate was mooted after a special meeting held with 12 non-governmental organisations in Selangor today regarding the country's current political turmoil. Abu Hassan also regretted the action taken by Dr Mahathir and several former Umno leaders who were willing to be in cahoots with the opposition, describing it as disrespectful towards the party's principles. "We are willing to be the mediator because we view it as the best move to quickly solve the stand-off between the two sides for the benefit of all parties. "We truly regret Dr Mahathir's action when they (the opposition) had previously made various allegations against the statesman," the former minister and former Selangor menteri besar told reporters today. He said Dr Mahathir's cooperation with the opposition in making a declaration to oust Najib was clearly contrary to his respectable position as former prime minister and a great statesman who had mooted Vision 2020. Abu Hassan said Selangor Mubarak and the Selangor NGO Consultative Council also expressed their support for Najib as prime minister and Umno president. Last Friday, Dr Mahathir led a group of over 50 people in signing the Citizens' Declaration calling for the removal of Najib as prime minister. The group included former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, former MCA president, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang. – Bernama, March 10, 2016.]]>

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