NEW YORK, Sep 27 (Bernama) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has predicted that UMNO, the backbone of the Barisan Nasional that was removed from power in Malaysia’s general election in May, is going to collapse.

Speaking at an event here on Wednesday, the Malaysian prime minister said that many of its members were leaving UMNO now that they no longer feared former party president and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“UMNO is fragmented now, it is going to collapse. There’s no future for UMNO anymore, because the people as a whole detest UMNO,” he said at a meeting with members of the United States Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr Mahathir said Najib had undermined the leadership and even the rank and file of the party due to the influence of money.

The administrative machinery, he said, had also been undermined.

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