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Umno should have handled Terengganu crisis more carefully: Mahathir

Published on May 15, 2014 12:54 AM
(From left) Former Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Said, Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud and Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib have returned to Umno, defusing a crisis that had threatened to topple the Barisan Nasional in the oil-rich state. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA: The two-day political crisis in Terengganu could have been averted if Umno had taken more care in handling state leaders, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday.

"Both leaders (at the federal and state levels) must accept the fact that mistakes had been made by both sides," Dr Mahathir, 88, was quoted by Bernama as saying on Wednesday.

"If we had acted harshly, it would not be a problem for him to leave Umno," he said, referring to Ahmad Said, the former Terengganu mentri besar who quit Umno hours after being forced out of office on Monday.

Ahmad Said's departure was followed by two other state lawmakers, plunging the state into a crisis of confidence.

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