Dato’ Mohamad Hasan is currently a candidate for the Rantau state by-election. He is also the acting president of UMNO.
Umno acting president said Malays are being made to feel like visitors in their own country as there are too many ‘penumpang’ in Parliament.
“This government is not looking out for Malays and Muslim rights. Right now the ‘big house’ is full of ‘penumpang’,” said Mohamad alluding to the many non-Malays as ministers in office.
“We’ve been made to feel like visitors in our own country. This is a spineless government. One that we should reject.”
Umno acting president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan today asserted that his “penumpang” (squatter) remark was not aimed at non-Malay ministers in the Cabinet.
He said in a Malaysiakini report that he was referring to ministers in the current Cabinet who were not living up to expectations, while blaming Pakatan Harapan (PH) for intentionally smearing his name by misinterpreting his words.
“The ‘penumpang’ I meant were the non-performers in Mahathir’s Cabinet, but it was deliberately misunderstood by Harapan, who claimed I used the word against non-Malay ministers,” said Mohamad said in the news portal’s report.
Umno’s Mohamad Hasan has questioned the likelihood of Dr Mahathir Mohamad handing over the reins to Anwar Ibrahim in two years’ time as promised, saying the PKR president will likely remain “the longest prime minister-in-waiting”.
“I know our ‘atok’ very well,” he said, referring to the 93-year-old statesman. “He will not give Anwar the post.
“Our ‘atok’ is hard-hearted. Those who dream of (Anwar) becoming prime minister will be disappointed,” he added.
Anwar Ibrahim’s chances to become prime minister would not be affected if PKR loses the Rantau by-election, said Umno acting president Mohamad Hasan.
“The issue of Anwar’s chances becoming slim (if PKR loses) doesn’t arise,” Mohamad said at a press conference in Rantau today.
He said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stressed that Anwar would succeed him.
“It’s just that we don’t know when (Mahathir) will step down,” Mohamad (photo) added.
Don’t taint UMNO with 1MDb (Nov 2018)
“Umno as a party is not guilty and has nothing to do with the 1MDB operations and transactions. It is unfair to blame Umno for something it does not know about and that it has not done.
“Umno and I sympathise with Najib and we leave it to the authorities to manage and judge it according to the constitution,” added Mohamad.
Umno acting president Mohamad Hasan says the accusations of theft and embezzlement related to 1MDB against Najib Razak are baseless, and challenges the authorities to bring solid proof that could put the former leader behind bars.
But Mohamad added that 10 months after the change of government, Najib is still free despite repeated references to the 1MDB scandal by Pakatan Harapan (PH) politicians.
“In Parliament, it is always about 1MDB,” Mohamad, better known as Tok Mat, told a late-night ceramah in Kampung Sendayan, Rantau, where he is trying to retain the state seat for Barisan Nasional after his default win was nullified by the election court last year.
He said Najib has yet to be found guilty in the 1MDB scandal, adding that the fact that Najib is still free shows that the allegations against him “are all lies and slander”.
It seems a politician can say anything with no reference to truth in Malaysia, and still remain the favorite candidate to win the Rantau by-election.
How much we need to pray for our nation.