Oct 30, 2006

Tun Mahathir has "immunity" in UMNO

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 (Bernama) -- Umno has not come to a stage to take disciplinary action against former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

This is because Dr Mahathir has something like an "immunity".

At one time Malaysia's first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Hal also hurled all sorts of criticisms against the then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir including through his writings in a local newspaper column but no disciplinary action was taken against him, he told Bernama.

Muhammad was asked to comment on a call by the Kedah Umno Youth that the Umno leadership should suspend Dr Mahathir's party membership for his continuous attacks on the government.

Kedah Umno Youth chief Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid was reported to have said in Alor Star, Sunday that Umno must take action on Dr Mahathir because his criticisms have given rise to many controversies.

Dr Mahathir launched renewed attacks on the government less than 24 hours after a "four-eyed" meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the prime minister's official residence "Sri Perdana" in Putrajaya on Oct 22.

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