KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has cast doubts on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s capability to implement Transformasi Nasional (TN50).
Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, also said he was in the dark about the resignation of Khairuddin Abu Hassan – a staunch supporter of his – from the party.
On TN50, Mahathir said he did not know what it was all about.
“What is the transformation?” he asked when speaking to reporters at the Al-Bukhary Foundation, where he had earlier launched two books on the conflicts in the Middle East.
“He has outlined a lot of things, but nothing has happened,” he said without elaborating further.
In the past, Najib’s 1Malaysia concept has been labelled as a failure by certain parties, pointing to worsening racial and religious relations.
During the tabling of Budget 2017 last Friday, Najib announced TN50, which he said was a new 30-year transformation plan to set a new “vision” for the nation.
TN50 has been viewed by some, including PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah, as a replacement of Mahathir’s Vision 2020.
The Lembah Pantai MP had said she did not understand why Najib had to put Vision 2020 aside.
On Khairuddin’s resignation, Mahathir said he was not aware of it and said he would have to speak to him.
Yesterday, Khairuddin announced he was quitting the party amidst speculation that some PPBM leaders were getting increasingly unhappy with the leadership of their pro tem president Muhyiddin Yassin.
The former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief had last month questioned the failure of the party leadership to name Mukhriz Mahathir as deputy president, saying it had been agreed during PPBM’s inception.
Khairuddin said his decision to stay out of PPBM was to enable him to prepare for a string of court cases.