Dr Mahathir Mohamad unleashed a cannonade at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak from the witness stand in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
According to him, Umno has become a party of “kleptocrats and thieves” under the current president.
Mahathir also admitted to wanting to remove Najib from power because of this.
“Umno has become a kleptocratic party accused of stealing due to the president’s action. It has given Malaysia a bad name. It is not the Umno of old but Najib’s party,” he said.
The 92-year-old former prime minister said this when cross-examined by lawyer Jahabardeen Mohd Yunus, who is representing Najib’s press aide Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad.
Jahabardeen had asked Mahathir if he was not concerned about the party he had led for more than two decades.
Mahathir, who is now chairperson of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), was testifying at the hearing of his son Mukhriz’s defamation suit against Tengku Sariffuddin.