Mild-mannered Abdullah hits back at Mahathir in new book
IN A frank disclosure, former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said he did not appreciate his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad's frequent public attacks against his administration during his term.
As a result, he would not do likewise to his successor, Malaysia's current premier Najib Razak, reported The Star.
In a soon-to-release book Awakening, the usually mild-mannered Mr Abdullah gave a straight-from-the-shoulder account of his strained relation with Dr Mahathir, the country's longest-serving prime minister who handpicked him to take over the top job in 2003 before their ties soured.
"I gave him the opportunity to give me his views. I went to see him but he chose to be public in his attacks against me and my administration. I don't know what he wanted," said Mr Abdullah.