KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s intention was trying to pull down Barisan Nasional (BN) which called BN to be defeated in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections points to a plot to bring down the coalition, says UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He noted that the former prime minister had tried to pull down UMNO president and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also prime minister, but now his intention was to pull down BN. He said earlier, former prime minister was talking about pulling down the president, now he’s talking about pulling down BN. He told this to reporters at Parliament here Monday.
Tengku Adnan said the party was unable to accept this. He said it’s clear-cut that former prime minister is with the opposition and that he (former prime minister) wants to kill the party. It was reported that Dr Mahathir had made the remarks at an event in Shah Alam on Saturday. Meanwhile, the UMNO secretary-general said former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir should be sacked from the party.
He said his personal recommendation, to him, he would have sacked them a long time ago. Noting, however, that Datuk Seri Mohamed Shafie Apdal had not stood together on the opposition stage. He said the UMNO supreme council would decide on the issue at its meeting expected to take place at the end of the month, with recommendations having been put forward by the party disciplinary committee.