Aug 27, 2006

Mahathir’s delegate bid unusual, say Umno leaders

What is there to be cautious for an ex-Prime Minister and ex UMNO Chairman?

"we have to be cautious and not underestimate Tun Dr Mahathir"

Extracted from TheStar
Mahathir’s delegate bid unusual, say Umno leaders

KOTA TINGGI: Unusual and inappropriate ... these were among the views of several Umno leaders of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s intention to offer himself as a delegate to the party’s general assembly in November.

However, the party will not prevent the former Umno president from doing so.

“It has never happened in the history of Umno that former prime ministers and former Umno presidents would contest to be among the seven division delegates,” said Umno Supreme Council member and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He advised Dr Mahathir to think about his action of contesting as a delegate.

On Friday night, the Umno Supreme Council decided that Umno should not prevent Dr Mahathir from contesting as a delegate, and its president, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said it was up to the Kubang Pasu Umno division to decide. Dr Mahathir is a member of Kubang Pasu Umno.

Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yakob said after opening the Kota Tinggi Umno delegates meeting: “It’s not surprising, but it (Dr Mahathir’s offer) is rather unusual. And Umno wants to know why Dr Mahathir is willing to do it, as well as the issues he wants to raise and his motive.”

In Kota Baru, Umno vice-president and Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Ali Rustam said he personally felt that Dr Mahathir’s action was inappropriate for someone who had held the post of Umno president.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz while opening the Tenggara Umno Youth delegates conference in Felda Bukit Besar said, “we have to be cautious and not underestimate Tun Dr Mahathir.”

“We have to remember that he was the prime minister for 22 years and there are some in our generation who don’t know any other prime minister besides him.”

In Yan, Kedah, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin hoped that the issue between Dr Mahathir and Abdullah would be resolved immediately because both of them had important roles to play in the country.

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