KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 – Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that his recent criticisms about the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was not advice. He said it was up to the person criticised to accept it or not and also to make changes to better what was criticised. “Maybe my criticisms were baseless but they should be tested to know for sure,” he wrote in his latest blog posting.
He said the election process was the best test in a democratic nation. “If my criticisms were baseless and the policies of those under fire should be continued, then surely a convincing victory can be achieved. “And if on the flip side if your performance was worse, than maybe my criticisms have merit.” He said after the 2004 General Election, the fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi lost five states in GE12.
“His successor should have done better but he didn’t. “Najib did even worse even after giving money to millions of people, ignoring the New Economic Policy, entertaining people that did not appreciate it, increasing national debt and listening to foreign consultants.” Dr Mahathir said following the dismal performance, poor policies should have been reexamined but it was not.
“The policies remained. Criticism was received but it did not change anything.” Dr Mahathir said he did not want to be like a “British adviser”. “These are not orders. But they who do not learn from the past and continue their old approach will be rewarded with the same or even worse accomplishments.”