My first failure was Musa Hitam, says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister said, his first failure was Tun Musa Hitam himself. “He could not wait for me to retire. So he resigned after 5 years being with me as my deputy, in a Government his boys called the 2M Government,” he said  in the latest post in his blog che.det.

According to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,  the former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) believed the UMNO Supreme Council would throw him out and appoint him as President but the Council decided to persuade Musa to return as DPM and Deputy President. He came back as Deputy President.

At the next UMNO Election, Dr Mahathir said, Musa persuaded his erstwhile rival and enemy, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to contest for President against him. He was prepared to be Deputy President and DPM under Tengku Razaleigh and not under me.

“These he did even though I overlooked his bad faith and later appointed him as Special Envoy to the UN with ministerial rank,”Mahathir said.

Dr Mahathir pointed out, in the contest for presidency, (Tan Sri) Syed Hamid Albar, (Tan Sri) Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, (Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and (Tan Sri) Rais Yatim sided with Tengku Razaleigh.

“I and Ghafar Baba won. Then I appointed all those who were not loyal to me as ministers in my cabinet. One of them, Tun Abdullah, eventually was named my successor as Prime Minister. Far from choosing only loyalists, I chose those disloyal to me.”

Dr Mahathir said, he did not train anyone so they can make a success of Vision 2020. He believed in leadership by example.

“I must have set a bad example because those who succeeded me all failed to make a success of Vision 2020. I am to blame of course,” he said sarcastically. – SARAWAKVOICE.COM