Dr M “extraordinary attack” on Najib should not be taken lightly

Dr M still Malaysia’s ‘kingmaker’, HK paper says

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 — Malaysia’s ruling government should pay close attention to criticism on its handling of recent controversies from its former leader Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad even as senior Umno politicians close ranks behind Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, South China Morning Post (SCMP) said in its editorial today.

The Hong Kong daily said the former prime minister’s “extraordinary attack” on Najib should not be taken lightly despite the latter’s apparent popularity within his own Umno party, pointing out Dr Mahathir’s words still carried weight despite leaving public office over 10 years ago.

“Najib appears to have enjoyed support within the party but history shows that politically, 89-year-old Mahathir’s word is not to be discounted.

“Whether it could prompt another change in the leadership will be closely watched in Malaysia and around the region,” SCMP said in the article titled “Former PM Mahathir Mohamad is still playing kingmaker in Malaysia”.

In the same editorial piece, the paper noted that Dr Mahathir had led a campaign in 2009 that ultimately saw his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi being replaced by Najib.

The paper said Dr Mahathir’s “intervention” has worsened the growing “political and economic uncertainty” here after the ruling party sustained major losses in the 13th general election – including losing the popular vote and failing to regain its two-thirds parliamentary majority.

SCMP listed its observations of how Umno has moved to re-identify itself with Malays and Islam in response to the alleged “mass defection” of non-Malay voters, noting that the federal opposition’s leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment on a “morals charge” of sodomy.

Dr M still Malaysia’s ‘kingmaker’, HK paper says
April 10, 2015 – MMO


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