Dr Mahathir feels pointless to hold Umno general assembly

Dr Mahathir feels pointless to hold Umno general assembly

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad questioned the need to hold the upcoming Umno general assembly in December.

In his latest post in his blog Chedet.cc on Monday, Dr Mahathir said that issues relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6bil in the Prime Minister’s account would not be raised during the meeting.

He added that the public would not even be able to follow the speeches. “Proceedings will be closed-door. And only the president’s speech will be aired.”

According to Dr Mahathir, deputy president Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin was supposed to launch the party’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri wing assemblies.

“But warning has been given to Umno members not to speak of this matter. What kind of Umno assembly is this?” he asked.

Dr Mahathir claimed that though he was not contesting for any positions, efforts were being made to prevent him from meeting Umno members or the public.

He also wrote about facing challenges, saying it was part and parcel of life, especially in politics.

“When I was the president of Umno and prime minister, I faced many challenges. Among them was when my presidential post was being challenged by then Umno treasurer Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

“The voting took place in a democratic manner and I won by merely 43 votes. And I accepted it,” he added.

Dr Mahathir said that those who could not face or overcome challenges should just quit politics.