Zaid tells Umno leaders to stop sucking up to Najib

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By FMT Reporters

PETALING JAYA: As Umno readies itself for its General Assembly in December, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has taken it upon himself to offer some sage advice to the party’s top leadership: stop sucking-up to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said it was time for the party to “move on” and that the only sensible thing left for its top leadership to do was exert immense pressure on Najib to resign because if the party president hung on to his post, it would spell the end of Umno.

“We need to move on. In light of the deep crisis the country is facing, it’s irresponsible for Umno’s top leaders to do nothing but suck up to Najib,” he wrote in his latest blog entry, saying that only fear prevented them from doing the right thing.

Describing Najib as the party’s “biggest liability” in its entire history, Zaid said, “If Najib survives, Umno will surely fall.”

He said the strategy to de-seat Najib was simple enough and all deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had to do was win over Najib’s former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Muhyiddin is not young anymore and all he wants, I think, is to be treated fairly and honourably by the party he loves and has dedicated his life to. He has probably given up the idea of becoming PM.”

He also said other top Umno leaders like Khairy Jamaluddin and Hishamuddin Hussein should support Zahid’s plan to be the next prime minister.

“Khairy is definitely in the running for the top spot in the next 10 to fifteen years,” Zaid said, adding that Hishamuddin should “embrace” Zahid as prime minister and accept the position of deputy prime minister without kicking up a fuss.

He said grappling with the issue of Najib and his refusal to resign should be the crux of the General Assembly instead of the usual fare where delegates launch their “tirades” against the Chinese, Jews and Malay liberals.

However Zaid feared that this General Assembly would be like most others. “Will the delegates dare talk about putting Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi in the top seat before everyone is drowned? Unlikely?”

He said the watching world was stunned at the “paralysis” of the country’s biggest party and said, “I thought Umno’s keris-wielding leaders were made of sterner stuff.” – FMT

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