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Mahathir: (News) call not to appoint – 2 & 3

Posted on: March 20, 2009


Bernama – Friday, March 20

Dr Mahathir also commented on the statement by Mohd Ali that he (Dr Mahathir) had a hand in the recent decision taken by the disciplinary board.

Dr Mahathir said: “I wish I had but I’m not a member of Umno. If I had been involved, I would have thrown him out from the very beginning but I’m not involved. I have to very reluctantly wait for the decision by the board and I’m not completely happy with it.”

He said that Mohd Ali should be treated the same way former Umno vice-president Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad was treated in 2005.

“Isa was thrown out because he was involved in money politics but he also lost his position as a minister. But here, we have a very strange decision.

“He was found to be corrupt but he can remain as the Chief Minister (of Melaka). Now we have a person who is confirmed corrupt but the party accepted him as the chief minister.Asked whether he would fully support Najib’s appointment as the prime minister, Dr Mahathir said, “I will give a full backing to Datuk Najib on condition that he must not appoint any of the corrupt leaders to his cabinet.”

He also commented on perception that Najib was corrupt.

“I’m not talking about what people believe. A lot of people believe about something but there is no legal stand taken on whether Najib is corrupt or not.”

Asked on his choice for the Umno deputy president’s post, Dr Mahathir said, it would be Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the International Trade and Industry Minister.

“I think what is left is somebody who is… well, could not read English and therefore he did something wrong in Australia. So my choice is Muhyiddin,” he said.

The contest for the deputy presidency is now between Muhyiddin and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.

A third candidate, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was barred from contesting after the party’s disciplinary board found him guilty of breaching party ethics.

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