Opposition Leader Wan Azizah chided the notion that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to take over her job by challenging him to contest in the the 14GE and get elected into Dewan Rakyat.
BH online story:
RABU, 22 JUN 2016 @ 2:53 PM
Wan Azizah cabar Tun M bertanding dalam PRU
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GEORGETOWN: Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail mencabar bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad untuk bertanding pada pilihan raya umum akan datang sekiranya tokoh negara itu mahu terus membabitkan diri dalam kancah politik.
Dr Wan Azizah berkata, Dr Mahathir perlu berbuat demikian bagi membuktikan dirinya layak untuk menerajui blok pembangkang.
“Jika beliau mahu menjadi Ketua Pembangkang, masuk bertanding dahulu. Atau sekurang-kurangnya menjadi ahli di mana-mana parti terlebih dahulu,” katanya ringkas ketika ditemui di Hospital Pulau Pinang (HPP) di sini, hari ini.
Terdahulu, Dr Wan Azizah meluangkan masa kira-kira 10 minit menziarahi Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah di wad Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) HPP.
Turut hadir, Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Abdul Rashid Hasnon dan Timbalan Angkatan Muda Keadilan PKR, Dr Afif Bahardin.
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Earlier than that, Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Mohd. Salleh Said Keruak challenged the Fifth UMNO President to be Opposition Leader since the new budding relationship with Opposition, mainly Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu.
Astro Awani story:
Salleh dares Dr Mahathir to become leader of the opposition
Bernama | Published on June 22, 2016 07:46 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has dared Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to oppose Barisan Nasional (BN) openly as an opposition politician instead of hiding behind a so-called non-political or non-partisan movement.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said, taking an official leadership position in the opposition was morally the right thing for the former prime minister to do since he was already performing a de facto role.
In his blog sskeruak.blogspot.com, Salleh noted that since last month, BN had achieved landslide victories in the Sarawak state election as well as the two parliamentary seat by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.
This, he said, was despite it being mid-term and despite Dr Mahathir’s unprecedented global smear campaign against prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“It’s clear that the opposition is in total disarray, and is not able to fulfill its responsibility to Malaysians by offering a workable alternative government. The opposition obviously needs help,” the minister said.
“In light of this opposition predicament, Dr Mahathir should lead the opposition into the next general election. Furthermore, the opposition should show sincerity in welcoming Dr Mahathir into the opposition by issuing an open invitation for him to become a member and their leader,” he said.
Salleh said it was clear that Dr Mahathir does not wish to retire from politics and still wants to be very much in the thick of politics.
“Dr Mahathir should commit himself full time to politics by officially becoming a member of one of the opposition parties and take a leadership role in that party.
“This would demonstrate Dr Mahathir’s sincere commitment to his political struggle,” he said.
Fifteen months ago, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad decided to openly attack Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and many issues were raised to justify why the latter had to resign immediately.
The one which became the core was the allegations of scandals of 1MDB, which include “RM42billion missing”.
Then the attacks became more voracious and the argument was Prime Minister Najib had to be removed, to save UMNO and preserve BN in power.
After trying many stunts through out, Tun Dr. Mahathr was unable to get any of his manoeuvres to carry traction. This include getting the Cabinet, UMNO Supreme Council, UMNO General Assembly to pressure the resignation and majority of MPs in Dewan Rakyat do a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib last December.
In his compounded frustration, he quit UMNO in February when his associates believed to be in MACC failed to complete a proper investigation, to implicate Prime Minister Najib. That did not carry traction either,
Hence, in early March he teamed up with Opposition leaders such as live long nemesis Lim Kit Siang and others which include Mohamad Sabu and anti BN elements such as Maria Chin, Ambiga and Hishamuddin Rais to do a ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’, to get public support to oust Prime Minister Najib.
Despite proclaiming to have managed to get 1.27 million signatories, the Anti Najib Campaign success is marred by dubious online petition.
Tun Dr. Mahathir formalised his association with the Opposition during the Sg Besar and Kuala Bangsar simultaneous by-elections, where UMNO candidates amassed very encouraging larger majority as compared to 13GE three years ago.
Coupled with the BN landslide victory in the recently concluded Sarawak State Electio, it is evidently clear that Malaysians of diverse backgrounds and location are not shy to throw their support behind BN. Even the Chinese are making their way back to support BN.
This also translate to the rakyat demonstration of their confidence to Prime Minister najib’s leadership as his transformation agenda began to demonstrate results, amidst the challenges of global economic slump.
It is apt that Tun Dr. Mahathir is being challenged to lead the Opposition. Even his ally within the Opposition such as Zaid Ibrahim is speaking aloud in this notion, believed on behalf of Tun Dr. Mahathir himself.
Zaid: Mahathir will gladly take the Opposition leader role
FMT Reporters | June 22, 2016
Former law minister dares BN to walk the talk and compete in a clean and fair election, without the ‘referee being on their side’.
PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad “will gladly” accept Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak’s challenge to be the opposition leader, Zaid Ibrahim said today.
The former law minister churned out a series of tweets in response to Salleh’s blog posting yesterday, which challenged Mahathir to fight Barisan Nasional (BN) openly as an opposition politician, instead of hiding behind non-political or non-partisan movements.
This was the right thing to do, Salleh had said, given that Mahathir was “already performing a de-facto role (in the Opposition)”.
“I (a)m sure Tun M will gladly accept Salleh’s dare to be opposition leader if BN is willing to make our election free and fair (sic).”
Zaid also claimed that with money and propaganda, BN can win elections and be proud of it.
“They use money, projects and propaganda, and they are proud of winning. Even the ‘referee’ is on their side,” he said referring to the Election Commission.
“Salleh and company have no guts to fight in a clean and fair election; that’s why they keep making challenges against Tun (Mahathir),” Zaid tweeted.
It is time for Tun Dr Mahathir to put the money where his mouth is, if he is really sincere about “Saving Malaysia” by ousting Prime minister Najib and BN from power.