Mahathir’s son denies claims he plans to oust Najib
KUALA LUMPUR — A vice-presidential hopeful for Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Mr Mukhriz Mahathir (picture), has brushed aside The Economist’s report that he will pose a threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak should he win in internal party polls next month, the Malaysiakini news portal reported yesterday.
Mr Mukhriz, the son of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, described the London-based publication’s claim as a “conspiracy theory”.
“I am aware there are efforts to create a negative perception towards my participation in the party polls for the UMNO vice-presidency.
“I do not care about such theories but I would like to stress that the report is not true whatsoever,” he was quoted as saying in a Berita Harian report yesterday.
Mr Mukhriz, who is also Mentri Besar for the state of Kedah, called Mr Najib a “good leader” for the party and country, the paper added.
On Friday, The Economist reported that anti-Najib forces may coalesce around Mr Mukhriz should he win and may subsequently move to oust the Prime Minister.
Dr Mahathir also criticised the report, which speculated that his son was allegedly among those planning to oust Mr Najib.
“They (The Economist) cannot think of anything good about anybody. That (ouster) is what they would do if they are in Mukhriz’s place, but in Malaysia we do not have such bad intentions,” he told reporters yesterday. AGENCIES