According to a former Umno assemblyman, ex-DPM Musa Hitam's latest comment suggest that Umno leaders are liars.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam’s sudden ‘support’ of Pakatan Rakyat has left Umno leaders bristling, according to a former Umno assemblyman who was once in Najib Tun Razak’s inner circles.
According to ex-Pulau Pemanis elected representative Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz, Musa has set himself up for a lynching over his comments about Umno-Barisan Nasional leaders’ knee-jerk reaction to Pakatan’s economic policies contained in its Buku Jingga.
According to Ariff, the former home minister had now “placed himself on the opposite side of (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad), Najib and all the Umno/BN” and was prepared for the backlash.
“Musa Hitam isn’t a man unfamiliar with or afraid of controversy.
“He already knew, having gone through personal experience with Mahathir and all who share Mahathir’s method of economics, that it will ruin this country.
“In fact Musa said all these statements (spun by Umno-BN leader) are political statements.
“Musa appears to suggest that political statements are in the beginning untrue statements until proven to be true.
“Which means those who make political statements like the people from Umno and BN are to be taken as liars until proven to be truthful persons.
“And that means Najib is a liar. Muhyidin is a liar. Mahathir is the biggest liar,” he wrote in his blog sakmongkolakak47 today.
Ariff, now with DAP, was responding to reports that Musa had dismissed Umno-BN claims that the opposition’s economic policy would bankrupt the nation.
Opposition not stupid
Speaking to reporters after attending a programme in Karangkraf yesterday, Musa said: “Even if the opposition (gets) to rule the country they will not be so stupid; they will not let the economy go bankrupt like the rest think.
“I don’t think any party will willingly and intentionally let the economy fall because it is a responsibility and a mandate to govern given to them by the people.
“So, I do not think the economy will be destroyed. What we basically have to do is take care of the investment community.”
Musa was asked to comment on claims that the national debt will worsen if Pakatan adopted its economic policies.
Among the proposals in the Buku Jingga are the elimination of tolls, reduction of oil prices, free education and reduced car prices.
Pushed further Musa mused that it was perhaps time that all parties accept the fact that it is possible in a democratic political reality for change to happen.
“Their (Pakatan) hopes are like others, they too want to serve the people. That’s why they compete to win in an election to prove who is more qualified,” he said.