Mahathir, who once openly supported Najib, has come down hard on the deputy premier in recent days and did not mince his words when he said: “People perceive Najib as a weak leader. He has never had his own stand“.
“He (Najib) merely repeats words such as ‘I support’ and ‘I am very touched’…and people are generally disenchanted with Najib,” said Mahathir, after opening the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) new administrative office in Sentul today.
Mahathir said Muhyiddin should be able to win if he challenges Najib in an open contest.
“If he (Najib) competes for deputy president, he would have to compete against Muhyiddin… and it is quite possible that Muhyiddin will win and Najib will lose,” said Mahathir.
Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi and Najib have received endorsement from six states to defend their top two posts.
Mahathir also alleged that it was possible for some manipulation in the party elections by either handing out cash, ‘kain pelikat’ or other inducements.