Barisan Nasional is not quaking in its boots over the prospect of a new Opposition party, spearheaded by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, an Umno Supreme Council member said.
The new party, Ab Aziz Kaprawi claimed, would have no impact on Umno as only “disgruntled members”, such as former Umno leaders Muhyiddin Yassin, Mohd Shafie Apdal and Mukhriz Mahathir, would join the new party to pursue their personal agendas.
Muhyiddin and Mukhriz were sacked by Umno last month for breaching party discipline, while Shafie decided to quit the party after being suspended as its vice-president.
“Barisan is not concerned about the new party. We are confident people are with us. We have managed the economy well. It is a recognised and progressive country,” he told FMT.
The deputy transport minister was commenting on news reports that a new political party could be formed and that Mahathir, 91, could be staging a comeback in an effort to replace the current government.
Labelling it a desperate move, Aziz also opined that the elderly statesman saw himself as a person who could unite the Opposition, which he claimed was in disarray as the coalition was without a strong leader.
“He considers himself to be clean compared with the likes of DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng and former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.”
Anwar is serving a five-year prison sentence for sodomising his aide, while Lim is currently facing two corruption charges.