Game’s up for Dr M, says Nazri

Nazri Aziz

(Malay Mail Online) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s streak of bringing down prime ministers and leaders has finally ended with his failure to unseat Datuk Seri Najib Razak, a senior Umno minister said.

According to Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, the former prime minister will not achieve his “obsession” of removing the prime minister undemocratically even if  he continues his campaign with the alleged help of the foreign media.

“This man (Dr Mahathir) has won in many battles in the past. He has gone against Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn.

“He has also managed to drop Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tun Musa Hitam and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. He managed to drop them all but has failed to bring down Najib and so he is very angry,” Nazri was quoted as saying.

The culture and tourism minister alleged that Dr Mahathir is seeking for the political crisis to hurt the local economy and investor confidence, so that these may be used to blame the prime minister.

Among others, he cited the former Umno president’s interview with Australian news programme Four Corners, which covered the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy and the 2006 murder of a Mongolian model, as example.

Dr Mahathir is waging a campaign to force Najib’s resignation over alleged abuses of office.

Aside from the two former prime ministers Nazri mentioned, Dr Mahathir was also credited with hounding handpicked successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi into early retirement.

Dr Mahathir has again quit Umno, just as he did during his offensive against Abdullah, but this time was not able to raise the same level of support, and has resorted to collaborating with opposition parties for his campaign.