MYSinChew | Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad never believed Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will allow Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take over as Prime Minister.
Even before Abdullah made the hand over announcement in the evening of 10 July, Mahathir had written in his blog that “although Abdullah promises Najib would succeed him by 2010, allegations would be hurled against the deputy PM before then to show up his inability to take over ”.
There was no reaction from UMNO, officially or otherwise. But many in the party saw that as yet another attempt by Mahathir to “force” Najib to take on Abdullah in December party polls.
So what else is new? Well in fact there’s something in the comments made on 7 July that can cause “tremor” of sorts in the party (and the country). If it had not already.
Mahathir was reported to have told newsmen in Kuala Lumpur that
“There is a concerted campaign against Najib. I don’t know why. Not just by Anwar ( Ibrahim) but also by this other chap (Malaysia Today editor) Raja Petra (Kamaruddin) and also a number of others”.
He went on to say “somebody” is working behind this, maybe to undermine Najib’s possibility of challenging the Prime Minister ”.
Now, isn’t that something else? He did not name names of course. So that triggered off questions a plenty…. selanjutnya.