Mar 16, 2009

Tun Mahathir tells Najib to pick a clean cabinet

The country’s fourth prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, today vowed to work to oust incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak should he appoint corrupt leaders in his new cabinet.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has advised Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to choose his Cabinet line-up carefully as corrupt leaders could lead to the demise of Umno.

Dr Mahathir said if Najib made the wrong selection, he could be “signing his own death warrant”.

“We will see (who will get chosen). We know that a number of the candidates had used money as a ticket to contest,” he told a press conference at Memorial Tun Hussein Onn here yesterday.

He hoped that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Umno disciplinary board would take stern action against those found guilty of corruption.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir gave a talk on democracy and the future of leadership in Malaysia to a packed hall.

In his speech, he reminded Umno delegates who will be voting in the coming party polls to choose candidates based on leadership qualities and not for favours they could get.

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