Umno leaders voice support for PM Najib despite Dr Mahathir's criticisms

Umno leaders voice support for PM Najib despite Dr Mahathir's criticisms
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (centre) cutting a cake with United Malays National Organization (UMNO) members and supporters at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on 7 May 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The show of support from Umno for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak continues amid Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's continuous attack.

Supreme council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob appealed to the former prime minister to stop criticising Najib's leadership as it would weaken Umno and Barisan Nasional.

"If Dr Mahathir continues with his open critics, it will only cause Umno to lose in the upcoming general election.

"It is not because of the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, but the open attack which will only benefit the Opposition," Ismail added.

He said by criticising the Prime Minister's leadership, it showed Dr Mahathir did not respect Umno members who had elected Najib to lead the party.

Kelantan Umno members also threw their support behind their president, saying that trust should be placed in him to continue with the transformation agenda.

"Several issues were raised, such as 1MDB," said its chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

"The Prime Minister had given his commitment to act against wrongdoers.

"Kelantan Umno admits that a lot still needed to be done to strengthen the administration and economy. We believe Najib is doing the best he can for the people."

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil assured Najib that the movement wanted him to lead on.

"The president has the support of 1.3 million Wanita members," she said.

Johor Umno and Barisan Nasional are also standing firm behind Najib.

State chief Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said this was not the first time that Dr Mahathir had openly criticised a prime minister.

"He did the same to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"Dr Mahathir is Dr Mahathir. Period," he added.

"Najib has explained to the Cabinet and met the people to answer Dr Mahathir's criticisms," said Khaled.

"The majority of Malaysians still have faith in Najib to govern the country."

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