Aug 20, 2006

MB Kedah to Tun Mahathir : Find proper channel to express views

So what is the channel for Tun Mahathir to view his opinion when he is not allowed to speak to UMNO members?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Umno Should Avoid Structural Split, Says Najib

ALOR STAR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- Umno should avoid a structural split to ensure it remains strong and continue to be the backbone of the country's administration, said party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak Saturday.

The Deputy Prime Minister said a structural break-up would cause the Malays to lose power, and history had shown the negative effects from such a split.

When opening the Alor Star Umno delegates conference here said, he said it was dangerous if there was a rift in the party's top leadership because it could cause a structural split.

"If the top (leaders) cause trouble, it will break the structure," he said and called on all leaders at various party levels to constantly strive to strengthen the party.

He said history had shown that structural splits had occurred in Umno in 1987 which had led to the de-registration of the party and in 1999 following the the sacking of then deputy president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and as a result the party had lost many seats in general elections.

"As long as we don't learn from history, we can repeat the mistakes. We don't want the dark history to happen again in the party," he said.

Najib said he was not too concerned over some members of the party who often caused problems at the lower levels but he was worried if they existed at the top level.

Kedah Umno chief Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said mischiefmakers would undermine the party's strength if they were left unchecked.

The Kedah Menteri Besar also appealed to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to find the best way to channel his views to the government led by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He did not want the opposition to take advantage of Dr Mahathir's criticisms to attack the government and Umno.

Excessive criticisms would only lead to a break-up, he said.


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