KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should sit down together and resolve their differences in a "brotherly" manner, said a senior Umno leader.
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) said internal party matters should be discussed behind closed doors and not out in the open.
"I request the party secretary-general to arrange an internal meeting between the Prime Minister and Dr Mahathir to resolve this long-standing polemic within the party in a brotherly fashion," said Shahidan, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
He was speaking to reporters in Parliament on Thursday.
Referring to Dr Mahathir's latest blog post, he said the former prime minister had his own point of view with probable facts to back it up.
However, he said the party would be judged by the rakyat if such issues were aired in public, adding that the matter should instead be left to the experts to debate.
"Tun could be right, or could be wrong. But I am sure he is careful in his writing. Maybe he has strong facts to back up his claim.
"Whatever it is, I will not stop loving Tun (Mahathir)," Shahidan added.
In his latest blog post, Dr Mahathir upped his criticism of Najib and the Barisan Nasional Government, saying that it could lose power in the 14th general election over its poor handling of issues such as 1MDB and the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
He said the Government had failed to effectively answer accusations regarding the involvement of businessman Jho Low in the 1MDB financial scandal.
On ex-police commando Sirul Azhar's allegations that he was ordered to kill Altantuya, Dr Mahathir said the public wanted answers and an investigation on the matter.
Dr Mahathir's blog, chedet.cc, could not be accessed on Thursday.