PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made the right move to resign from Umno, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
In a blog post on Monday evening, he said Dr Mahathir's actions were hurting Umno, adding that it seemed illogical for the former prime minister to go against the party while remaining within Umno.
"If Dr Mahathir wants to continue to attack Umno then he should do so from outside Umno. That would be the noble and ethical thing to do. This is probably for the best, because when one’s relationship with the party or the party leader is no longer tenable, then it is pointless for one to remain in the party," he said.
Salleh Said added that he was saddened by this incident, pointing out that this was the second time Dr Mahathir had left Umno.
"No one can deny that Dr Mahathir did a lot for the country in his 22 years as prime minister, although his term of office was not entirely free of blemish. But the events over the last year and his resignation today will be remembered more than the good he has done," said Salleh Said.
He added that while Dr Mahathir's departure from Umno was a sad part in Malaysia's history, Malaysians have to accept the mix of good and bad times.
"I realise this matter is not going to end here and that we shall continue to hear from Dr Mahathir. However, I hope we can maintain some dignity and decorum and not drag the country down to gutter politics. And with all sincerity I would like to wish Dr Mahathir the very best for the future," said Salleh Said.