PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik's stand that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should step down will strengthen, not weaken, the Prime Minister's position, says Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister said Dr Ling had underestimated the mood within Umno when he declared that Najib should step down as Prime Minister.
"Ling Liong Sik is grossly mistaken if he thought his statement was doing someone a favour by weakening the position of the PM.
"In fact, I believe his statement will further strengthen, not weaken, the PM's position in Umno. Watch and see!" tweeted Abdul Rahman.
The minister added that Dr Ling, who headed MCA from 1986 to 2003 and was Transport Minister throughout those 17 years in Tun Dr Mathathir Mohamad's Cabinet, had underestimated the mood in Umno, adding that the party's members did not want outsiders dictating who should be their leader.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Ling had stated that he was in agreement with Dr Mahathir that Najib should step down as Prime Minister.
"I went to the Bersih demonstration in Perth. My aim is to call for a vote of no-confidence against Najib," Dr Ling had said after attending the Malaysia Festival of the Mind at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.