Banyak media/portal yang menulis tentang komen The Economist yang mendakwa sekiranya kemenangan memihak kepada Mukhriz dalam pertandingan kerusi Naib Presiden, beliau bakal menjadi satu ancaman kepada PM Najib.
Baca artikel asal The Economist yang bertajuk - Bumi, not booming.... perenggan berkaitan adalah yang kedua akhir -
What is more, says Kadir Jasin, an UMNO critic of Mr Najib, it might prove only a temporary respite for the prime minister. The conservative wing is contesting many of the UMNO posts up for grabs, including the three influential positions of vice-president. One candidate, Mukhriz Mahathir, the governor of Kedah state, is a particular threat. He is the youngest son of Mahathir Mohamad, who dominated Malaysian politics as prime minister from 1981 to 2003. The champion of bumiputera policies remains a hero to many Malays, and his lustre rubs off on his son. Should Mr Mukhriz win, the anti-Najib forces could coalesce around him as a proxy for his father. A weakened prime minister could then be ousted in an internal putsch, a fate that befell Mr Najib’s predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who also failed to deliver at the polls.
Kenyataan yang amat provokatif yang mampu mencetuskan perbalahan dalam Umno ! Kenyataan yang datang dari media luarnegara ( baca sebagai 'orang luar' ) tapi segera di rembat oleh media tempatan seolah ia datang dari sumber yang authoritif.
Mukhriz menafikan kenyataan itu tadi - Dari NST -
Mukhriz stressed that he remained loyal to Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin while reminding the magazine that he was the one who campaigned for changes in the top party leadership several years ago, which eventually placed Najib at the party's top position.