PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed talk of a conspiracy in his bid to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I had openly called for his stepping down. No conspiracy. Just open declaration to the whole nation that I would like to see Najib cease to be Prime Minister.
"It is all in the open. There is no need to conspire. There is open campaigning for his ceasing to be Prime Minister," Dr Mahathir said on his Chedet.cc blog on Monday.
Dr Mahathir said there would be no need to call for an investigation, or call detectives or special agents to uncover any conspiracy as the call for Najib to step down "is known to everyone."
He also referred to allegations levelled at the government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"There is no denial that money was deposited in the private account. The explanation to Umno is that it was for the elections. Umno seems satisfied.
"Don't they know that Government money cannot be used to help a political party to win elections? But the money was from donation. Who donated two billion ringgit? No answer," said Dr Mahathir.
He also said government money was used to help (Barisan Nasional) win in the previous general election through BR1M.
"But what about BR1M? Isn't it Government money, all seven billion ringgit and more. That was clever.
"It is not for elections but given before any election, with the promise of more if the party wins, isn't it about using Government money to win elections?" he said.
Dr Mahathir continued his criticisms of Najib by claiming that he had amended Umno's election rules to make it easier to stay in power.
"Effectively this means the real electors have been reduced from 2,000 to about 190 Umno divisions. The number of members voting for a candidate is nullified.
"Far from making Umno elections more democratic, Najib has actually restricted the right to vote from ordinary members to just the divisions. And Najib has a strangle-hold over most of the division heads," he said.