BATANG KALI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in accepting his “nomination” as Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister should the opposition triumph in the coming general election, has chosen to ignore the continuous criticisms and objections of the grassroots.
Umno supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar said the former prime minister refuses to acknowledge the objections because he was a person who practised dictatorial leadership.
“In the past, the opposition said that Dr Mahathir was a dictator who refused to listen to the issues faced by those below him. Let them experience what it is like to have a dictator as a leader,” he told reporters at Kampung Orang Asli Gurney.
Noh said this after launching the “Touch Point” Recovery Programme through a gotong-royong at the village. He also handed over funds to repair two houses in the village.
Recalling the time Dr Mahathir formed Umno Baru, Noh said the then prime minister and party president silenced his critics by not allowing them to hold any position and in some cases, they could not even register as members.
“Only those who supported him were appointed as Umno division chiefs. He will do the same in Pakatan Harapan,” he said.
Noh said the decision to name Dr Mahathir as candidate for prime minister also showed that the opposition lacked credible leaders and could only manage to “recycle old leaders”.
On another matter, Noh stressed that he had no intention of becoming Selangor menteri besar should Barisan Nasional take back the state in the general election.
He said all BN leaders should focus their efforts on helping the party win the general election instead of jockeying to be a candidates.
Translated from Berita Harian