Nazri Aziz urges former leader Mahathir to be a man, leave party
"We cannot take this lying down. Out of respect for him (Mahathir) we have kept quiet and not responded. He saw it as our weakness. I don't think we can take it lying down," Nazri Aziz told The Associated Press.
Nazri's retaliation heightened the festering political row between Mahathir and his hand-picked successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Nazri stressed he was speaking in his personal capacity, and did not consult Abdullah or the ruling UMNO before going public with his anti-Mahathir comments.
"If he continues to remain in the party, he would be like the opposition. It's better for him to be a jantan (man) and leave the party," said Nazri. "It will be very good for the party. He might as well go out of the party and joins an opposition. Much better for us."
In his latest salvo, Mahathir suggested on Saturday that Abdullah's advisers including his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin were running the country.
Nazri said Mahathir was breaking his promise not to interfere with the government after retirement.
"I think he is going back on all his words and promises," said Nazri. "He chose to hit us in the open. He is really not interested in the problem (afflicting the country). He is interested in attacking the P.M. especially."
Nazri said the UMNO has no intention of sacking Mahathir from the party, but it would be best if the former leader left voluntarily.
Nazri, who is known to be more outspoken than his colleagues, said Mahathir never tolerated any criticism when he was in power. Anybody who criticized him was sacked from UMNO.
Nazri said Mahathir may be losing the goodwill of Malaysians and party members who had wept openly when he announced his decision to retire in October 2003.
"I don't think anybody will cry if he leaves the party today," said Nazri. "I cannot read him. I do not understand this man any more."
Well, we have one public propagator for Pak Lah.
But why, Nazri? Why you?
Is it because Mahathir made the statement that before he stepped down, he agreed to charge at least one person with corruption but he said he don't know why the prosecution was stopped after he stepped down?
Is that person you, Encik Nazri? If not, why have you decided to be the special spokesman? Or, you suffered paranoia???
Please don't try to be a Tarzan. Or am I?