SHOULD TUN DR MAHATHIR RELINQUISH HIS GOVERNMENT ADVISORY POSTS?
Certain quarters in UMNO seem to be calling upon Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to relinquish his advisory posts to several government agencies. These people claim that the continued attack by Tun Dr Mahathir on the current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign from his position, seems to be totally unacceptable to them and does not warrant any merits in substantiating his claim. But from the various reports made available, it seems that Tun Dr Mahathir seem to be voicing his deep concerns with proof that PM Datuk Seri Abdullah is really irresponsible and unfit to continue leading our country any further unless he mends his way in administrating the country. Even then, UMNO has no right to demand for his resignation since these appointments were made by the Prime Minister and not by UMNO. These appointments have been a tradition of the ruling government, Barisan Nasional for decades. The Prime Minister is the head of the ruling party Barisan Nasional, and UMNO is just one of the component parties of the Barisan Nasional, and if this call had come from these leaders of the component parties then the prime minister may have to review these positions. The Barisan Nasional policy is that every component party has a same and equal say and no party is superior to one another. Since the matter pertains to the prime minister, it would be really inappropriate for him to take any action, since it may seem to be in conflict of interest. These positions were offered to Tun Dr Mahathir for his valuable services rendered to the country for the past 22 years.
UMNO leaders need to realise that the country is not ruled by them alone but by a group of parties. With so much of problems currently faced by UMNO, rather than trying to resolve their own internal matter they seem to artificially create that the whole rakyat is in support of their call. Maybe most of these people are trying their best to divert the real problem away from the knowledge of the rakyat. UMNO need to realise that the rakyat cannot be fooled again and are very well informed of the current situation although the mainstream medias do not report these situations.
As far as the matter goes, Tun Dr Mahathir had clearly stated that he is not going to relinquish these positions. So, who is there to remove him from these posts? Only the rakyat can do something. Even the Prime Minister and his whole cabinet his currently paralysed from taking any actions, since the grouces of Tun Dr Mahathir undermines their credibility.