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Wednesday, 8-Oct-2008 17:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Sidang Akhbar Majlis Tertinggi BN

Venue : Bilek Mesyuarat Tingkat 39, Menara Datuk Onn, PWTC

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 8 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is glad he was wrong because he thought Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would not be stepping down as Umno president and prime minister.

The former prime minister said he was surprised with Abdullah's announcement today that the latter would not defend his Umno presidency and would hand over the country's leadership.

"I am happy for Umno as the party can be rebuilt," he said when reporters met him at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here.

Dr Mahathir who has been vocal in asking Abdullah to step down since the March 8 general election, hoped Abdullah would not put any restriction and obstruction during the transition period.

On whether he would rejoin Umno after March next year, Dr Mahathir said he would do so provided those who left the party together with him were also readmitted.

Asked what he thought Abdullah should do between now and March next year, Dr Mahathir said: "Shut up."

Asked to comment on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the possible prime minister, Dr Mahathir said he was not impressed with Najib's performance as deputy prime minister now.

Dr Mahathir described Najib as an incompetent deputy prime minister because the latter did not have his own stand and was always following Abdullah's advice, hence Najib needed to change when taking over the helm later.

On the possible candidate for Najib's deputy, Dr Mahathir said it should be Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, adding that the other current contenders for the Umno deputy president post were "jokers" only.


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