BANGI: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah says he wishes good health to Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his one-time arch-enemy in Umno, as the country’s political stability now depends on him remaining as prime minister.
Speaking at an Umno event related to the Semenyih by-election campaign last night, the former finance minister whose differences with Mahathir triggered a major crisis in the 80s that split the former ruling party, said he now felt that Mahathir’s leadership was needed to stop what he claimed was a power struggle within Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“If anything were to happen to Mahathir at this juncture, the country would be in turmoil,” said Razaleigh, who is better known as Ku Li.
He said with PKR “in chaos”, DAP would take control of key ministries.
“We would then be faced with a huge problem,” he told the crowd in Bukit Mahkota here.
In 1987, Ku Li, who is 12 years younger than Mahathir, lost to the then-Umno president by just 43 votes in the Umno presidential election.
The party was later split, with Ku Li forming Semangat 46, joining hands with DAP and PAS in the 1990 general election.
Yesterday, Ku Li said since the change of government in May, there had not been any improvement in people’s lives.
He blamed the coalition for the fall in the value of the ringgit, saying people had to pay more for daily food items because they were all imported.
“Carrots, onions, chillies, even mangoes – all these we import for RM43 billion. In short, everything we see in the market is imported,” he said.