He is re­spon­si­ble for the ‘demise’ of many Umno politi­cians, says An­nuar

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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.

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