UMNO’s system for choosing leaders must change: Dr Mahathir

April 24, 2016

UMNO’s system for choosing leaders must change: Dr Mahathir

Former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks to Channel NewsAsia about his citizens’ movement against current Prime Minister Najib Razak and his track record of picking leaders for the country.


Progress made by a citizens’ movement against the Najib Razak administration is “quite good”, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad told Channel NewsAsia. Dr Mahathir, who has been granting interviews to international media as he seeks to ramp up his campaign against the government, said the RM2.6 billion (US$681 million) deposited in Mr Najib’s private accounts was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, even though the Prime Minister has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Dr Mahathir also spoke candidly when asked if he misjudged the people that he chose to back as successors.

Melissa Goh: Let’s talk about the citizen’ movement now. It’s been more than a month since you led a group made up of opposition leaders, mostly former cabinet ministers as well as civil right activists, and launched the citizens’ declaration. How would you rate the progress so far? Would you say that you have the support of the people?

Dr Mahathir:“I think given a little bit more time, we would achieve a million declaration”: Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad speaks about the citizen’s movement in Malaysia. MORE:

Melissa Goh: Many commentators elsewhere said what is happening in Malaysia now is a “natural” progression of your policies that you put in place when you were Prime Minister of Malaysia. What do you have to say about that?

Dr Mahathir:Were there any protest like you see now? People protesting to have me removed? They didn’t. In the end I removed myself””: Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad touches on whether the situation in Malaysia is due to his own policies.

Melissa Goh: You haven’t had much luck with your previous picks of prime ministers. Was it a case of misjudgement?

Dr Mahathir:  “The system in UMNO for choosing leaders must be changed”: Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Melissa Goh: You resigned as Proton chairman and a week after that, the Malaysian government approved a bailout to help the company pay its debts. Was your departure a condition for the bailout approval?

Dr Mahathir:“They haven’t given”: Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad talks about whether his departure was a condition for the approval to bail out Proton Cars.




7 thoughts on “UMNO’s system for choosing leaders must change: Dr Mahathir

  1. Tell me who put the system of selecting UMNOb leaders in the first place? If I remember correctly it was Che Det himself and now he wants to change the system.
    Remember he implemented the no contest for the top 2 position in UMNOb and also deferring the GA by up to 18 months just to allow the no contest system.
    Now he wants to change all these. What double talk is this Apa Nama talking about. THis Melayu tak Mudah Lupa.

  2. He still do not get it. LKY spent a lifetime trying to figure out how to do it right and he was not confident what he created would last which why he ended up making his son heir.

    Mahathir takes too many shortcuts to know the answer to his own question. He said it himself he is no intellectual. The problem of UMNO leadership is cultural not technical only. No system created would fix it and it’s the beyond the point of no return thanks to him.

  3. A bit too late. Change not only umno. The entire machinery of the gov also need change. The 4 pillars of the nation for society to seek redress also need change.

  4. “The system in UMNO for choosing leaders must be changed”

    You were instrumental in setting up this system so that no one could challenge you. Now, you want it changed because your own medicine is bitter.

  5. Money politics is so entrenched in BN that whatever system you change to or put it place will be too little too late.

    It is just plain old-fashioned money politics that needs eradication, and that is now too late for UMNO / BN.

    If a credible alternative coalition takes over with a strong parliamentary majority, starting on a clean slate, we might have a slim chance, just a slim chance because such diseases of human failings are highly infectious and metastasize faster than any cancer cell or at least at the speed of an electronic transfer of banked funds.

    Malaysia needs a political Mahdi so messianic that he or she could completely alter the mental / cultural landscape of not only the politicians but the population at large so that near-to-zero tolerance for any public or private corruption and abuse of governmental powers become the order of the day or indeed a way of life.

    Anyone know of such a person in the horizon? Certainly not me.

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