“Of course, I am very happy for Umno, not for myself.
Dr Mahathir, however, said he felt it was better for Abdullah to step down now rather than wait until March as he could still be an obstruction.
“Until March Pak Lah must keep quiet and let Najib run the show. He should not interfere."
On whether he would be roped in to act as mentor to Umno, Dr Mahathir said he would give advice even if he was not asked.
Source: The Star
The Malaysian Insider Report:
One down: Now for Khairy
His sarcastic comments on his blog about the PM’s son-in-law mark the beginning of what is likely to be a campaign to make sure that the latter fails in his attempt at becoming the Umno Youth leader, and becomes a political footnote.
There is an added impetus for Dr Mahathir to succeed – Khairy’s failure could clear the path for Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir’s rise up the ladder in Umno.
Will Dr Mahathir succeed? Possibly. But really, Khairy’s chances of becoming the leader of the youth wing hinges more on what Najib does rather than what the former prime minister says. If Najib sends the signal that he wants the divisions to support Khairy, he will become the head of the youth wing.
Source: The Malaysian Insider
Side Story: Malaysiakini Report
MCA Squabble over RM1.5b asset
The outgoing MCA leadership’s move to hastily set up a board of trustees to control the party’s assets said to be worth around RM1.5 billion.
The proposed MCA’s Central Board of Trustees (CBOT) is believed to have been submitted by the party treasurer-general Lau Yin Pin.
The board will be custodian to MCA’s vast financial assets reportedly with an estimated market value of between RM1.5 to RM1.6 billion.
There are widespread rumours alleging that a certain outgoing top leader of being interested in the CBOT chairman’s job, giving him control over the party’s enormous assets.
It is also learnt that CBOT’s role include the formulation of MCA’s investment policy.