Debate over Dr M’s intention to be an Umno general assembly delegate continues
The BN MP for Gading, Datuk Mohamed Aziz, said the former Umno president and prime minister should not. He said there might be embarrassing incidents if Dr Mahathir were address the assembly.
“It will be humiliating if members were to jeer and heckle him. The image of the party and the country will be tarnished,” he told reporters the Parliament lobby today.
Dr Mahathir was advised to forward his grouses to the delegates.
“If he has problems with the Prime Minister, he can meet up with Abdullah (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) personally,” he said.
Last week, Dr Mahathir had expressed an interest in speaking at the assembly if he was selected as a delegate of the Kubang Pasu division.
Mohamed Aziz said that as a veteran national leader, Dr Mahathir should not lower himself by sitting with delegates but instead attend the assembly as an invited guest.
Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, however, thought differently. He said the former Prime Minister is entitled to offer himself as a delegate.
“Nobody can stop him if he is wants to be a delegate, although the decision to field him as a delegate lies with the Kubang Pasu division. If he becomes a delegate, it will be up to the Kedah liaison committee to decide whether he will speak,” he added.
Speaking at the Parliament lobby, Shahrir said whether or not it was appropriate for Dr Mahathir to be a delegate was another matter.
“Whether or not he will be lowering himself by being a delegate is entirely a matter of judgment.”
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz said that it is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who should be disciplined and not him.
“All I’ve done is to stand up for the party president. Tun (Dr Mahathir) on the other hand has breached Umno regulations by speaking before the Opposition and criticising the government,” he said.
“It is he who should be disciplined, not me. Write that down,” he told reporters.
Nazri was commenting on an adjournment speech by the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth last Saturday which called for his sacking from Umno and the Cabinet. Nazri has been one of Dr Mahathir’s most vocal critics ever since the former prime minister started criticising the present administration and its decisions.
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