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Tuesday, 8 July 2008
PITA POLITIK (51): OF HEARSAY AND POLITICAL MOTIVE. SO SAYS DR,M.
Tun Mahathir (left) and Dato' Seri Anwar: Once considered to be an inseparable duo in UMNO politics.
Attacks against Najib hearsay, says Dr Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday claimed that allegations against the deputy prime minister are hearsay and were done with a political motive.
"I don't know why he (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) should go after Datuk Seri Najib Ra-zak.
"It wasn't Najib who reported his (alleged) behaviour. I think he has always been attacking Najib. Maybe he thinks that Najib is standing in his way of becoming deputy prime minister (or) prime minister.
"Anwar cannot join Umno. I don't think Umno will accept him. The allegations against him (Najib) are hearsay. There is no proof," said the former prime minister after he paid a courtesy call on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is here for the sixth Group of Eight Islamic Developing Countries Summit.
Tun Mahathir urges Najib to go for the top UMNO post, even though the former is no more an UMNO member.
Dr Mahathir was commenting on various allegations made by Anwar, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader, who linked Najib to the murder of Mongolian Altantunya Shaaribu.
Three people, including political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, are facing charges for the offence.
Last week, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, who was employed as one of Anwar's aides, lodged a police report stating that he was sodomised by Anwar.
Dr Mahathir said: "There is a concerted campaign against Najib. I don't know why. Not just by Anwar, but (blogger) Raja Petra also, and others.
"Somebody is working behind this, maybe to undermine Najib's possibility of challenging the prime minister."
Asked what he thought of the political situation, he said: "I think they (the present administration) don't want to talk about politics. They want to work so I'm going to look at them working." -- Bernama as quoted by NST Online.
Comment: One political analyst in Kuala Lumpur urges people to read Mahathir's lips, when he says, "Somebody is working behind this, may be to undermine Najib's possibility of challenging the prime minister." Currently the prime miniter is Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The recent Penang and Perlis UMNO meeting endorsed Abdullah and Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak for the top two posts of UMNO President and Deputy President respectively. Presumably more endorsements will come from other states in the coming weeks. If the endorsement trend gets its way Mahathir's effort to push aside Abdullah in favour of Najib will prove futile. So, the analyst says Mahathir might be hinting that there is another "hidden hand" at work in this Najib Episode. and that is the reason why this analyst wants us to read Mahathir's lips.
Now, the quetion is "whose hand is this?" The anwer: Your guess is good as mine. Read my lips!