He said the party’s openness to involve outsiders and non-members in its leadership line-up was a good move to bring about a change in Umno.
“Many improvements have been made by Umno (now) and you can see the differences between before and after the 13th general election.
“They (Umno) also bring in some personalities who are not Umno members to join the Supreme Council. It was a very good move,” he told reporters after delivering a speech at the Umno International Forum 2013 held in conjunction with the 2013 Umno General Assembly here today.
Last Friday, Umno announced the appointment of nine members of its Supreme Council, including well-known missionary Ustaz Mohammad Kazim Elias and Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah (YADIM) president Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
On the proposed Umno-PAS ‘muzakarah’ (dialogue), Dr Mahathir said it was a good approach to find mutual understanding between the two Malay parties.
“There is no difference between PAS and Umno. People who founded PAS were Umno members,” he said.
While admitting that the two parties might have different opinion in certain issues, Dr Mahathir said he believed that they could be resolved if both parties agreed to put public and nation’s interests before their own. — Bernama