Politics

BN hanging by a thread if leaders’ spat continues, says Umno veteran

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 29, 2015: Barisan Nasional will likely lose the next general election if the spat between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak does not end soon, says an Umno veteran.

Datuk Mustapha Yaakub, who is secretary of the Umno Veterans Club, said Dr Mahathir’s ongoing open criticisms of Najib’s leadership would influence the young voters especially to spread on the Internet the idea of Najib being incapable of governing.

“Generation Y refers to social media for information regardless of its validity and they are indifferent when it comes to the country’s history.

“Furthermore, they have no interest in understanding the importance of Malay unity and the struggle of our forefathers for independence; they do not feel it is important to be appreciative of BN’s achievements,” he said.

Mustapha thinks that the next general election due in about three years would be the ultimate benchmark to measure the people’s acceptance of the government led by Najib.

“If this spat continues and BN manages to hold on to power, the opposition grouping will be buried.

“However, I think the chances are BN might lose and this will lead to Umno’s  disintegration if Mahathir does not stop his criticisms.”

Mustapha told The Mole that the only way to end the feud is to have Dr Mahathir and Najib having a heart to heart one-on-one.

But he is pessimistic this would happen.

“Now that Mahathir has gone public with his bitterness, it would be hard for Najib too to listen to him.”

On the demand by Dr Mahathir for Najib to quit due to the allegations of impropriety by the government-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and other issues, Mustapha doesn’t think resignation would fix anything.

“1MDB has become a national problem and it would be better if we can solve the problems rather than constantly demanding Naib’s resignation,” said Mustapha.

The bad blood between Dr Mahathir and Najib started last year but it was only in early April that the former prime minister took his tirade to a new level via his blog, demanding that Najib also explain the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Despite responding to the questions, Dr Mahathir remains dissatisfied and has been upping the ante against Najib of late.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.