The decision of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to quit Umno is upsetting but it may actually be a blessing in disguise because a “thorn in the flesh” has been removed from the party, said his former deputy Tun Musa Hitam.
“The news of Dr Mahathir’s decision is indeed upsetting, especially now when Umno is facing challenging times,” said Musa in a press statement.
“However, Umno members should accept his decision calmly and with an open mind,” Musa added.
He felt that the Umno leadership should instead focus on accepting the fact that the party was no longer as powerful as it used to be. Furthermore, Umno is not as widely accepted, especially by the Malays, as it once was.
The Umno leaders should also accept that the concept of “Mahathirism” is outdated. They instead should return to the concept of “Bersih, cekap, amanah” which was positively received by the nation in the 1980s.
Party members ought to reflect on recent events. Musa felt that Umno has strayed from its purpose and should take this opportunity to return to its roots.