KUALA LUMPUR - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not blame Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for being unable to build the crooked bridge between Malaysia and Singapore.
However, he criticised the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) project, saying that losing money and not accounting for it was unacceptable.
"I wrote about 1MDB but people say 'oh, he is unhappy - not with 1MDB but with the crooked bridge'. I don't advocate the removal of a Prime Minister because he is too afraid of Singapore to build a crooked bridge.
"I am sympathetic towards him because he is very weak and so, cannot build the bridge brick by brick.
"So, for that, I excuse him but when you lose money and cannot explain where the money is, I think you are not competent to become prime minister," he said, referring to a blog post in which he had criticised the 1MDB project.
Taking a swipe at Najib, Dr Mahathir expressed concern over the future of Umno.
"We are faced with this choice - either you remove a prime minister who has failed and who will lead to Umno losing the next election or you take your chance that if he goes off, we may be able to revive Umno," he said after the launch of the two-day Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War international forum at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.