Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that the Malay community is rejecting PKR president Anwar Ibrahim due to his liberal philosophy in politics.
The former prime minister said, Malays are not ready yet to accept the liberalism ideology due to fear of their position as Malays nowadays only have power in politics.
“If we look back, when he left UMNO when I was the Prime Minister (in 1998), he tried to form a party against me.
“Before this Ku Li left the party (Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah) and founded party (Semangat 46). But that was a Malay party. Anwar went out and started a liberal party. He wants support from DAP so he asks DAP to come in, and PAS to come in too. His philosophy is liberal,” he was quoted as saying, in Sinar Harian daily.
He admitted that he has an unresolved issue with Anwar. “I have a problem with Anwar. I admit. When I was Umno president, Anwar was ousted and he was sentenced to prison.
“When we want to fight and we can defeat Najib, I think that between Najib and Anwar, I think Najib is more dangerous.
“So I can refer back to Anwar, even if I work with DAP. Otherwise we cannot defeat the Barisan Nasional (in the 14th General Election).”
Mahathir and Anwar have since worked together to topple down the Barisan Nasional government in the last 14th general election.
According to the agreement, Mahathir has promised to hand over the power to his named successor Anwar after two years ruling the nation, however, his recent resignation last month has sparked a political crisis.
Muhyiddin Yassin has since been appointed by the King as the 8th Prime Minister.
Mahathir also said that “traitor” was not the right word for the prime minister. Instead, he said what Muhyiddin did was betraying the party’s struggle.
“PPBM’s struggle should be prioritised, but I was rejected bluntly. I am disappointed with his action – he is my strong supporters and has no interest to become the Prime Minister.
“Suddenly, he is willing to work together with the kleptocrats because he wanted to gain their supports. That one, I cannot accept.
“He should have made the choice for me to lead the party. He rejected me and he accepted Najib. So I was disappointed.
“Perhaps the words of the traitor to some people are inaccurate. But I feel that such an act betrayed the struggle.”
Commenting on Perikatan Nasional (PN), Mahathir said the new government would not receive many support from Chinese and Indian communities in the next general election.
He said this due to the fewer representatives appointed in Muhyiddin’s cabinet.
“When there is an election, I do not think the Chinese will support (PN). It is certain that the Indians won’t support (PN). So the majority (of votes) for the Malays will be reduced in the coming polls.”
12th March 2020 10:50
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