KUALA LUMPUR – June 11, 2015: Umno grassroots leaders, weary of the seemingly ceaseless quarrel between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and elder statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, want a truce between the two.
Some even proposed for the duo to sort out their differences in the holy city of Mecca, deeming that it is the only place where “Muslims would never have the audacity to tell lies.”
Kapar Umno division deputy chief Datuk Saruni Judi, told The MOLE that the holy city would be the perfect venue for the two men to convene a four-eyed meeting.
“It is the only place where Muslims are stripped off their riches, positions and titles and there are no devils to clout their judgement as well.
“I want both of them to stop (quarelling) because there is no winner in this argument. At the end of the day “yang menang menjadi arang, yang kalah menjadi abu” (winners turn into coal, losers into ashes),” he said.
Umno Youth exco member Mohd Ar Rahman Hussin, however, expressed reservations on the holy city being a venue for Najib and Dr Mahathir to hold the discussion.
“What if after a discussion in Mecca they still continue to quarrel? I think that should be the last resort, but if both of them agree, then by all means go for it,” he said.
Ar Rahman also said that regardless of the venue, the meeting between the two men should not be in the presence of a third party and the media.
“The meeting will never be neutral once the media is there, because a politician will always say things that the masses want to hear and the media will selectively pick arguments that suit their own agenda,” he said.
Echoing similar sentiments, Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno chief Datuk Raja Hanipudin Raja Nong Chik.
He said there should not be any third party involvement to mediate such a meeting between Najib and Dr Mahathir.
“Allowing a third party to organise a publicised open door meeting between the two of them will only create more opportunity for saboteurs to heighten the acrimony between Najib and Dr Mahathir,” he said.
He also suspected that the fiasco that happened during the ‘Nothing to Hide’ dialogue last week was due to the “work of saboteurs that want to see Umno dead.”
When asked whether the quarrel would stop if Najib’s mother, Tun Rahah Mohammad Noah is to be the mediator between the prime minister and Dr Mahathir, all three of them disagreed to it.
This despite Dr Mahathir being known to be respectful of Rahah, the widow of his mentor second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
They told The MOLE that it was not right “to drag her into the political fray”.
“Have a heart, she is never a politician. Getting her involved into this mess would not do her any good,” said Raja Hanipudin.