‘DR M IS A SERIAL POLITICAL ASSASSIN’
He is responsible for the ‘demise’ of many Umno politicians, says Annuar
UMNO information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa has described Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a “serial political assassin”. He said Dr Mahathir was responsible for the “demise” of many Umno politicians, thanks to his manoeuvrings.
He said Dr Mahathir was an expert in creating a negative image and perception of political leaders not aligned to him.
However, he said, Dr Mahathir failed in his quest against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and this led the 92-year-old former prime minister to align himself with the opposition.
“We can look back and see how many politicians suddenly saw their careers grind to a halt.
“This went all the way back to the time of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah), (Datuk) Suhaimi Kamaruddin and many others.
“Every time, something will be created to justify what he (Dr Mahathir) wants... This will go on until his opponents are ousted.”
He said Dr Mahathir tried that tactic to oust Najib, but failed to get Umno members’ support, forcing him to turn to the opposition.
“That is why he has made up with (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) and has become very close to DAP. The narrative is the same: all he wants is to oust Najib.”
Annuar said this while moderating a discussion titled “Anda Tanya Kita Jawab” Diskusi Umno-Online here yesterday.
Annuar said he was relieved that Umno members stayed loyal to Najib and did not buy what Dr Mahathir had been peddling about the prime minister.
“Before this, Umno politicians who were marked to be destroyed by Dr Mahathir fell to the wayside because party members were taken by their leader’s persuasions.
“However, now that he is out of the government, people are wondering why he runs down our country’s leadership. This is all about gaining power. It has nothing to do with saving the country or Umno.”
He said Dr Mahathir was faced with an unfamiliar situation of having to oust an Umno leader from the outside, by roping in the opposition to help.
“All these while, he ‘killed’ his enemies from within, but now that he is out, he is bent on burning the whole house down.”
He said the party had tolerated Dr Mahathir up to the point when former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was “forced” to step down.
However, he said, Umno had learnt from history and would not let Dr Mahathir have his way anymore.