Aug 14, 2006

Tun Mahathir's open letter to all UMNO members

Attached is the open letter written and signed by Tun Mahathir which is addressed to all UMNO members.

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Excerpt from AP News

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has begun distributing a letter to members of the ruling party he once headed, appealing to be heard at its functions to speak about the current administration, which he accuses of nepotism and corruption.

"They are afraid of letting me speak because they are in the wrong," Mahathir said in the letter, referring to the government of his hand-picked successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The letter is being distributed at meetings of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), his aides say. Mahathir claims he has had several speaking engagements that were canceled by the ruling party since he began a sometimes-personal and vitriolic attack on Abdullah and his family in recent months.

"UMNO members need to know which path their leaders are taking them down," he said in the letter. "If members are only allowed to hear one side of the story, can they pass judgment, can they make a decision?"

Mahathir yesterday addressed his first UMNO meeting since he began firing accusations at his successor.

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