Johor Umno says it continues to back PM Najib

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor Umno continues to throw its support behind Prime Minister Najib Razak but also hopes that he and former leader Mahathir Mohamad will settle their differences behind closed doors.

State Umno liaison committee chairman Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that both leaders should meet and iron out their differences.

"We do not change our stance in two to three weeks," Khaled said when asked about whether the Johor Umno had taken a different stand following Dr Mahathir's constant tirade against Najib.

Asked about whether the public attacks were causing a lot of problems or becoming an issue for Umno, he just brushed it aside, saying that "it will not be an issue if the media does not keep on playing it up".

Khaled was speaking to reporters on Sunday after launching the state-level Johor clean and sustainable programme.

In Ipoh, Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal said it was in Dr Mahathir's "DNA" to criticise Najib.

"You know Tun very well. (It's in) his DNA.

"(He asked) not only Najib (to resign) but also the former prime minister," he said.

"He asked a lot of questions. Just need to have explanations to convince not only Tun M but also the people," he told reporters after launching the Perak Umno Youth #JomDaftarPemuda programme here.