Umno today is about money, Dr M fires back at critics

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad comes under fire from the party he led for 22 years, the former president lambasted his critics, saying that Umno now “was about money”.

Under the current leadership, Umno was filled with rent-seeking leaders who were loyal only to money, Dr Mahathir said in a video uploaded on the blog Din Turtle yesterday.

The former prime minister’s latest tirade comes as he himself has been criticised by Umno members for causing a rift in the party with his constant attacks against his successor Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“The Umno now is about money. The leaders of Umno are loyal because they get contracts.

“The ones who receive posts receive money,” Dr Mahathir said in response to the claim that his criticism was dividing Umno members.

Although Dr Mahathir has claimed that Najib would bring Umno down, some in Umno have countered that it was his constant attacks against the prime minister that was weakening Umno.

“Umno is already split. The Umno that I led was quite powerful. If you looked at the assembly (then) the spirit was there.

“The Umno now is about money,” Dr Mahathir said in response to a question that his calls for Najib to resign were splitting Umno between pro-Najib and pro-Mahathir camps.

Dr Mahathir has become the face of a movement within the party to oust Najib, who remains a powerful leader and is able to command the support of almost all of the party’s grassroots leaders at the division level.

Dr Mahathir has called for Najib to resign over his fiscal policy missteps such as 1Malaysia People’s Aid scheme (BR1M) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s RM42 billion debts.

He has also said that if Najib did not resign, Umno and the Barisan Nasional coalition would lose the next general election.

mno today is about money, Dr M fires back at critics
12 April 2015 – TMI


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