KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi believes that the opposition are using Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as their tool to achieve their overall mission of destroying Umno, and toppling the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Puad, who is Umno Supreme Council member, said he is certain that the opposition have no intention of placing Dr Mahathir as prime minister if it captures Putrajaya.
He said the opposition are fully aware of Dr Mahathir’s inability to become PM again over mental and physical factors, which have become a liability to the opposition.
“The opposition are actually using Dr Mahathir in order to carry out their main mission - which is to destroy Umno from within and at the same time, bring down the BN government.
“Dr Mahathir cannot become the PM if his time is only spent going in and out the hospital,” he said.
He cited the example of Dr Mahathir’s conflicting statements on the closure of The Loaf, the high-end bakery he founded which ended its run after 12 years in business. Dr Mahathir, he said, made numerous contradicting statements in the span of one week.
“At first, he claimed he had sold off his shares. Then he claimed he didn’t have any shares in The Loaf. Later, he said the government prevented him from selling off his shares.
“And finally, he claimed that the poor economic policies put in place by (prime minister) Datuk Seri Najib Razak was what forced him to sell his shares and close the business,” he said.