Monday, October 5, 2009

Dr M : UMNO still relevant but must be wise and brave in taking "corrective measures"

Commenting on the future of Umno, the backbone of the BN, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the party was still relevant but its leaders and members must be wise and brave in taking "corrective measures".

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad

He said, Malaysians will not fare any better if the Opposition takes over the federal government from the Barisan Nasional.

According to him, most of the leaders from the Opposition were seen to be willing to change their stand just to gain popularity and support from the people.

Some of them were willing to declare as "halal" (permissible in Islam) what they used to say were "haram" (forbidden in Islam) simply to please former enemies who now had become partners in the Opposition's Pakatan coalition.

"I think things will only get worse. Their leaders are willing to make "halal" everything. Previously, PAS had said cooperation with non-Muslims would make one an infidel but now not only are they cooperating with non-Muslims, they are also saying it is okay to rear pigs, only that Muslims should not consume pork.”

"PAS quotes the Quran that pork is "haram" but that it did not say pigs cannot be reared. Going by this, it means we (Muslims) can rear pigs, can sell pork but not eat it. Just because they want the cooperation of some people, they are willing to compromise on their principles."

He said Malaysia could ill-afford leaders who were inconsistent in their stand just for the sake of gaining popularity.

"It is just the same with another leader who is a now a strong supporter of Hindraf (the banned Hindu Rights Action Force movement)."

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