updated, with transcript of full interview here.
pic by a blogger who requests anonymity
Don't vote party; vote candidates who are straight, not corrupt. "I have given up hope on Umno cleansing itself from within," Dr M told a press conference after the launch of his latest book, Dr Mahathir's Selected Letters to World Leaders, in Putrajaya yesterday.
There was a momentary lapse as journalists and bloggers absorbed the gravity of statement. Then a burst of questions.
For the next half an hour or so, they forgot that the man fielding the questions was no longer the PM or President of Umno.
"So who are the candidates you would endorse at the next General Election, Tun?"
"Was there an ACA file on a certain Kelantan Umno politician that you handed over to your successor when you stepped down?"
"Do you think Umno, the Malays, and Malaysians can accept [father-in-law and son-in-law] in the Cabinet if the current PM wins the next GE?"
"What do you think of the OIC's stand on Gaza and the Palestinians?"
"Wouldn't you accept a bit of blame for the cronyism that permeates the party and the government now?"
"How do you plan to cleanse Umno?"
"Are you saying that the people should vote out corrupt leaders even if they are from BN?"
"You are saying that the Opposition will win more seats in this GE than the last GE?"
"Wasn't there a gentlemen's agreement between you and Pak Lah that says Pak Lah would be PM for one term, after which Najib will take over?"
"Do you consider the PM a deadwood?"
For those of us who used to cover him as PM, today's performance can be considered not bad. Usually, that means the best is yet to come.
p.s. I told Jeff Ooi after the press conference that it would seem to me that Dr M has endorsed his candidacy at the next general election, even though Jeff will be contesting as a DAP candidate. Jeff is clean, straight and not corrupt. He his idealistic, principled, and has proved many a time through his blog to be a champion of the underdog.
That's the kind of candidate I'd campaign for.
I don't know about other bloggers, but I should think it's time to call for a meeting of the All-Blogs to have their thought on this.
At the moment, I have Husam Musa, Wee Choo Keong, Haris Ibrahim, a couple of MPs, a couple of ministers ...