Apr 6, 2008

Tun Mahathir: Criticisms Against Umno Leadership Won't Destroy Party

In response to the latest news regarding the action by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in strongly criticising Umno's leadership can be likened to throwing stones at a glass house, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tun Mahathir said his criticisms against the Umno leadership will not destroy the party but would instead help Umno to be stronger.

LANGKAWI, 6 April (Bernama) -- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his criticisms against the Umno leadership will not destroy the party but would instead help Umno to be stronger.

"It's up to them whether to listen or otherwise," he said after a `tahlil' session for his late sister Habsah Mohamad at the Surau Ibrahim Mi, Kampung Ranggut Padang Matsirat, here Saturday night.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on statements by several Cabinet ministers who are also Umno leaders who cautioned him against making harsh criticisms against the party leadership following the Barisan Nasional's (BN) dismal performance in the last general election.

Among them were Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Rural and Regional Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib.

Also present at the `tahlil' session were Dr Mahathir's wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and the member of parliament for Langkawi, Datuk Paduka Abu Bakar Taib.

In his speech earlier, the former Prime Minister said Muslims in this country should be thankful that they could live in peace without conflicts despite the differences in political ideologies among the people.

He was confident that Malaysia would continue to be peaceful, enabling the people to live happily without any disturbance.

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