Nov 13, 2008

Nazri to Tun Mahathir : Don't be 'celupar'

Umno supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz has done it again. This time he has asked Tun Mahathir not to be "big mouthed" aka 'celupar'.

(Malaysiakini) Umno supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz had a go at former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad for insinuating that a candidate for deputy president was into money politics - saying that the octogenarian was too ‘celupar’ (big-mouthed).

Yesterday Dr Mahathir suggested that money politics has found its way to the party’s number two contest, to be decided in March party polls.

"I think there is a lot of hanky-panky going on. When you know that someone has a bad history is still getting support, I think that bad history has relevance to his support," he said without naming who the jibe was intended for.

It is widely seen as an attack on Rural and Regional Development Minister Muhammad Muhd Taib.

Nazri - a minister in the prime minister’s department - said the former premier should not be too ‘celupar’.

"This is very serious, he should not be too ‘celupar’ and claim things without any basis because the candidates and the parties will suffer the consequences," he said when met by reporters in Parliament today.

Muhammad is vying for the seat against favourite International Trade and Industry Minister Muhyiddin Yassin - who is Dr Mahathir’s choice - and Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam.

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