KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11, 2015:
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak says if Umno and Barisan Nasional do suffer in the next general election it will be because of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Salleh, in his latest blog posting today, said Dr Mahathir had perhaps forgotten that during his quarrel with one-time Umno President and Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he had resigned from the party.
“Because Dr Mahathir resigned from the party and during his road show to oppose the Prime Minister he told Malaysians to teach Umno and Barisan Nasional a lesson by voting for the Opposition, Umno and Barisan Nasional actually did badly in the 2008 General Election although it still won but with a simple majority.
“The ruling party also lost five states in that election, the first time such a thing has ever happened,” he said.
Salleh, who is also Sabah Umno liaison deputy chairman, also criticised Dr Mahathir for urging the party members to criticise the president when he did not tolerate criticism from his then deputies Tun Musa Hitam and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and also from Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was Umno Youth chief at the time.
Salleh added that it was Dr Mahathir who introduced the bonus vote system and the “no challenge for number one and number two” rule to prevent anyone from challenging him.
His response came after Dr Mahathir, together with Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal had been vocal in criticising the party’s leadership in the days leading towards the 2015 Umno General Assembly.