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Zam: Dr.M stirring up discontent in Umno

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad hopes to create waves of discontent in Umno with his announcement that he is withdrawing his support for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, according to former information minister Zainuddin Maidin.

Zainuddin, also known as Zam, points out in his latest blog article that Mahathir made the announcement in the midst of Umno divisional meetings nationwide and ahead of the Umno General Assembly scheduled for late November.

He says Mahathir hopes to bring to the surface the latent currents of discontent among Malays, who have lost confidence in a leadership that is indecisive and unable to safeguard their future.

“These waves will become a storm that will hit the Umno General Assembly, which Najib expects to be quiet because the overseas impression of Malaysia is one of splendour and a strong economy, which reflects well on him.”

He says Mahathir’s message is a clear challenge to all Umno members to stop sucking up to their leaders.

Quoting Mahathir, he says, “It is not enough to simply be willing to criticise behind one’s back, but you must be brave enough to come forward and publicly reprimand Najib at the Umno General Assembly later, but also now at the divisional meetings.

“I accept this responsibility and am willing to face the consequences because I am very disappointed in him having given him so much personal advice, and I now represent all the people who have not received consideration and have been ignored by Najib.”