Kedah crisis - Horses’ Mouths – 4 February 2016

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Kedah crisis

This was due to a lack of confidence in his leadership, both as Mentri Besar and state party leader. It was also due to concerns that better preparations were needed to retain Kedah in the 14th general election.

Prime Minister’s Office, on why Mukhriz Mahathir had to resign as Kedah Menteri Besar


I'm sorry to say, as long as Najib is still there, Umno will be at its weakest point right now. Scandal after scandal, we can't take it all. It's too much for us. This is traumatising all of us. We can't hold our heads high when we go overseas anymore.

Mukhriz Mahathir, former Kedah MB


Let me tell you this: when his (Mukhriz's) father was the prime minister, we couldn't hold our heads high because, like it or not, we had to defend many draconian laws under his father's (leadership). As president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Malaysia, it was difficult (for me) to defend the government over the Internal Security Act and other issues.

Nazri Aziz, Tourism Minister, retorting Mukhriz on his remarks above


I feel sorry for him, he has been battling this issue for two weeks. But I am sure that the people know the real reason behind him being removed from his position. It’s between the right to speak up and blind obedience.

Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno deputy president, on Mukhriz’s resignation


Things seem to be flaring up like crackers around us, one issue after another, one unresolved problem followed by several others. It is like we have our hands, fingers and toes in some sticky glue that refuses to be brushed or cleaned off, the feeling that we are stuck in a rut.

Rafidah Aziz, former cabinet minister



Winning elections

The claim that the US$700mil (RM2.6bil) was for fighting IS is not credible because Najib openly claimed that it was for Umno to win the election in 2013. Winning elections in Malaysia does not require billions of ringgit.

Dr Mahathir Mohamed, insisting that he does not believe that the RM2.6bil political donation into the private accounts of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was for election spending



Levy rate for foreign workers

We will not hesitate to look into the issue even though the new rates are enforced effective from Feb 1.

Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister, stressing that the government is willing to look into the dissatisfaction of employers over the new levy rate for foreign workers

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