Sep 15, 2006

Don't Insult Dr M, Umno Members Told

Talk about insulting, then we should start with Mr Jantan.

Extracted from BERNAMA
Don't Insult Dr M, Umno Members Told

DUNGUN, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Umno leaders and members have been asked not to insult Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by saying all sorts of things that can hurt the feelings of the former prime minister.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin said some party leaders making insulting comments against Dr Mahathir would only worsen the situation as he had made immense contributions to Umno and the country.

"Of late many people are talking about the negative side of Dr Mahathir without realising the contributions he has made to Umno and the country during his 22 years as the prime minister.

"I've served as Dr Mahathir's political secretary and as far as I know, Tun was never at loggerhead with Pak Lah (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi).

"And Dr Mahathir's criticisms are not to belittle Umno and the country," said Abdul Aziz, also an Umno supreme council member, to reporters after launching the Quality Day of the Terengganu Tengah Development Authority at Bandar Durian Mas, near here, Thursday.

Abdul Aziz said he regretted the move by some of the Kubang Pasu Umno delegates to reject Dr Mahathir as a delegate to the Umno General Assembly in November.

He said Dr Mahathir's wish to be a delegate to the assembly was for the good of Umno and not to destroy the party.

"I feel very shameful to the other races that the Malays have no respect at all and gave no chance to Dr Mahathir to become a delegate.

"He (Dr Mahathir) offered to contest as he merely wanted to sit together with the other delegates at the Umno General Assembly but he was deprived," he said.

Earlier, in his speech, Abdul Aziz said he would instruct agencies under his ministry responsible for regional development authorities in rural areas to give more emphasis to settlers' children education.

"This is to ensure at least one child from each family becomes a professional and get a well-paid job," he added.

-- BERNAMA


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