A Kadir Jasin
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
DR M on Outcomes Unexpected
A Kadir Jasin
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TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad said before the May 5 general polls he was convinced that the Barisan Nasional would do better than during the 2008 general elections.
The former Prime Minister, who led the BN successfully in five general elections, said he had not expected the BN to regain the two-third majority in the Dewan Rakyat, but was convinced that it would improved on its 2008 performance.
Answering questions at a press conference on the 13th GE at Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, he said it was based on that assumption that he made a statement that Mohd Najib had to go if he did not do well.
It is clear now, he said, that Mohd Najib did worse than his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Mohd Najib won 133 out of 222 Parliament seats against Abdullah’s 140.
When pointed out that while the BN did not do well, Umno had increased its tally from 79 to 88 (corrected), Dr Mahathir said Mohd Najib led the entire BN and not Umno alone in the May 5 polls.
He said Mohd Najib might face criticisms and even rejection from some quarters in Umno while others might question his capacity to rule and the strategies he used during the election.
Dr Mahathir who campaign extensively for the BN said Umno’s improved performance could be the response of the Malays to what they see as chauvinistic politics of the DAP.
While agreeing with Mohd Najib on the “Chinese tsunami”, he said Chinese representation in the government is important although the MCA had opted not to join the government due to its poor performance, adding that collaboration among the races is better than confrontation.
Asked about the possibility of Umno getting together with PAS, he said it would depend on their willingness not to pressure for the implementation of incompatible policies, noting that PAS was the real loser in the Pakatan Rakyat alliance.
As for suggestion that Umno cooperate with the DAP, Dr Mahathir said that might not be likely because the latter had all along portrayed the MCA as Umno’s lackey.
- A KADIR JASIN
- I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).