Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, in a statement,defended Najib, against claimed that allegations thrown at Najib were mere hearsay and was done with a political motive.
"I don't know why he (Anwar Ibrahim) should go for Najib. It wasn't Najib who reported his behaviour. I think he has always been attacking Datuk Najib. Maybe he thinks that Najib is standing in his way of becoming the Deputy Prime Minister (or) Prime Minister.
"Anwar cannot join Umno ... I don't think Umno will accept him. The allegations against him (Najib) were all hearsay. There is no proof. You just say that he did something, but you have to give proof. You can't just say that 'I heard somebody did this'. That is not proof," said the former PM, when met by reporters after he paid a courtesy call on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is here for the 6th Eight Developing Islamic Countries Summit.
Dr Mahathir was commenting on allegations made by Anwar, who claimed that Najib was involved in the murder of Altantunya Shaaribu, a Mongolian citizen, who was found brutally murdered last year. Three people, including political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, are facing charges for the alleged offence.
Last week, in another explosive revelation, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, who was employed as one of Anwar's aides, lodged a police report stating that he was sodomised by Anwar.
"There is a concerted campaign against Najib. I don't know why. Not just by Anwar, this other chap, (blogger) Raja Petra also, and a number of others. Somebody is working behind this, maybe to undermine Najib's possiblity of challenging the Prime Minister," Dr Mahathir said.
If Najib is that innocent? Why is he so reluctant to commence a defamation suit against Anwar or Balasubramaniam or RPK to clear his name?
Mahathir should advice Najib to do that........