Malaysia GE13: Mahathir says did not expect Najib to do worse than Abdullah Badawi
KUALA LUMPUR - Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad admitted on Tuesday that he did not expect Prime Minister Najib Razak to do worse in this general election than his predecessor Abdullah Badawi in 2008.
Dr Mahathir said he thought Mr Najib would have done at least better than Mr Abdullah, who led Barisan Nasional (BN) to take 140 parliamentary seats in the 12th general election, Malaysiakini reported.
Mr Najib, despite having promised Umno and BN supporters that he would deliver a two-thirds majority, could only lead the coalition to 133 parliamentary seats, seven short of Mr Abdullah's achievement in 2008, said the news website.
While not giving his final verdict on Mr Najib, Dr Mahathir said the prime minister might face some criticism and rejection from within Umno.
"Of course, the people will question his capacity and his strategies," Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying.