Is former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad sounding like a sour grape?It seems he has not given up throwing stones at Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.He said "The choice of the candidate is really very bad because people see him as a proxy to be used if Najib becomes prime minister".
Sure, he is entitled to his opinion but for 'goodness sake' the man is leaving does he need to be insulted and admonished more than he already had.
I am not a great fan of Abdullah but I believe there must be a limit to this kind of political posturing and grandstanding, more so from a man who have had an exemplary leadership and respected for his contributions to the nation's progress.
It is also hard to understand what does he mean by referring to Wan Ahmad Farid as a proxy to be used if Najib becomes prime minister. If ? I thought it was very clear that Najib would be prime minister come this March.Does Mahathir still harbour any doubt that he wouldn't be and Abdullah would renege on the deal ?
When he was prime minister didn't he choose people he can trust and loyal to him? When he chose Abdullah over Najib as his successor wasn't it because he wrongly read Abdullah's character and credentials, because he thought Abdullah would be easier to wrap around the fingers and more likely to carry on his agenda and unfinished works.
It appears that the man who love UMNO very much is also out to destroy it over personal grudge.He knew very well that UMNO is walking the tightrope in the Kuala Trengganu parliamentary by-election.The thin majority obtained by UMNO candidates in 2004 Elections and in March 2008 speaks for itself how dangerously close they have been to losing the seat to PAS.
Mahathir's mounting campaign against Abdullah might just as well be sending message to the voters in Kuala Trengganu not to vote for the UMNO candidate Wan Farid and if he loses, which is very likely that he would, than he would say, just to prove his point, that it was rejection of Abdullah's leadership, not UMNO.
I am sure the people of Trengganu would still remember what he did when PAS took the state in the 1999 Elections.He withheld the 'Wang Ehsan' and peter out development projects.The American did the same to Hamas when they won and become the government in Gaza, the American feared that with the aid money they would buy guns and other weapons.
I have great admiration for our former Prime Minister for the progress he brought to this nation but he's what the young people would say "chill out, baby" give Abdullah a little bit of space to breath before he makes his exit.
It's best that UMNO leaders and members ignore this kind of political posturing and concentrate on winning the by-election.Can they ?