Dr Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance that he will not be contesting in the next general election.
“I want to stay a little longer, but I think I will serve for a short time,” he was quoted as saying today.
“But I will not contest in the 15th general election (GE),” he has. Mahathir was elected as the Member of Parliament for Langkawi in 2018 under PPBM.
Mahathir, 95, holds the record as the oldest head of government when he returned to Putrajaya for the second time as prime minister after Pakatan Harapan won the May 2018 general election.
He previously held the position for the longest period, from 1981 to 2003. Mahathir said he hoped his son, Mukhriz, would continue his legacy.
“It is up to him. I will not block his direction. It is not fair to him, ”said Mahathir.
Mukhriz is currently the interim president of the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) formed by Mahathir after leaving PPBM.
Mahathir said, even if he leaves the government, he will continue to fight corruption through fighters.
“Pejuang has a very strong principle, one of which is to prevent this country from continuing to get caught up in corruption,” he said.
He said, the new government of the Perikatan Nasional which was led by PPBM which he once led continued corruption practices such as Barisan Nasional.
“After 3 months of the Perikatan Nasional being the government, I did not give any comments because I want to see their performance. Unfortunately, it has returned to corruption, that is, by buying support for the government.
“Even so, it only has a majority of 2 people, ”Mahathir added.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government was set up through bribes.
“It is worse than corruption. The whole government was formed through corruption, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Mahathir also said that Anwar needs to prove his claim that he has the support of the majority of MPs to form a new government because the announcement could affect investment, business and national stability.
“Investors will feel uncertain when another government today, another government tomorrow, the day after tomorrow will change another government.
“I hope if Anwar has (the majority), prove that he really has enough numbers and we decide that.
“Show the evidence and we are willing to go to the Dewan Rakyat to hear who gets support and who does not get support,” he said.
“Anwar used to claim that he has a majority, just after I resigned as prime minister when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong asked to state his stance, he (Anwar) claimed to have a majority until Pakatan Harapan (PH) gave his name because he thought there was a majority, but not enough because there is no majority. ”
Recently, Anwar claimed he had “the support and strong and convincing majority” of members of various parliamentary parties to form a new government, a majority Malay and Muslim representatives.
Asked whether the Pejuang that he currently led would support Anwar if he had a sufficient majority, Mahathir said: “Anwar has rejected the Pejuang (during the recent announcement)… he said there is a majority except for Dr Mahathir.
“So, I was rejected immediately. So, how do I support him? He rejected us early on, ”he said.
26th September 2020 18:43