Dr M: Set aside politics for now
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he hopes to lead a non-partisan administration which prioritises the national interest.The interim Prime Minister said “rightly or wrongly, politics and political parties must be set aside for the time being”. “If allowed, I will try to set up a non-partisan administration that does not side any party. Only the national interest will be given priority, this is what I will try to do, ” he said in a televised address to the nation yesterday. Dr Mahathir, in breaking his silence on the political crisis which led to his abrupt resignation on Monday, added that politicians and political parties had become too obsessed with politics to the extend that they overlooked the economic and health issues plaguing the country. He said there were allegations that with support from all sides, he could not decide who to pick to form the government or that he had no intention to relinquish his position as prime minister, on top of being “power-crazy”. “As such, I resigned because I do not see power and this post as my be-all and end-all goal. “To me, power and position is a means to an end or to reach an objective, which is for the benefit of the nation, ” he added. Dr Mahathir said he relinquished his post after seeing how some politicians gave importance to which party would rule, notwithstanding whether it had won or lost in the polls. He said he had promised to give way to the next leader, but would leave it to the Dewan Rakyat to decide on his successor. “If it is true that I do command the support (of MPs), I will return (as Prime Minister). Otherwise, I will accept anyone who is chosen. “Hence, there is a chance for the change of leadership. In my opinion, I did not think it was time for me to resign as I believed that I was supported by both sides. “That is why I asked for more time, ” he said. However, Dr Mahathir said his party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia had decided to quit Pakatan Harapan, together with some Pakatan representatives who broke ranks. He added that should Bersatu support PAS and Umno, it would mean the parties that lost support in the last general election would be forming the government. He said the government would then be dominated by Umno. “I am willing to accept Umno members who have left and joined other parties. But I am not willing to accept Umno in this non-partisan government. So, I had to resign, ” he explained. At the beginning of his address, Dr Mahathir apologised to the people for the current state of political affairs, which he said had caused them anxiety. “As a human being, I am no stranger to making mistakes. I apologise if my resignation is wrong. “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed that I be appointed as temporary Prime Minister. I realise that what is being done now is also against and rejected by many, but there is a possibility of some supporting it. “I am not seeking to be liked by many. I am only doing something which I feel is good for the country, ” he said. Dr Mahathir’s resignation as Prime Minister was accepted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. However, the King consented for Dr Mahathir to continue administering the country as interim Prime Minister as the political impasse was being resolved. In an immediate response, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was no reason for the party to feel slighted with Dr Mahathir’s views. “It is all right if he does not want us. Life goes on for Umno, ” he said. Asked what would be Umno’s next move, Ahmad Zahid said he would discuss the latest developments with party members and also with its Muafakat Nasional partner PAS. Article type: free Read more: The Star
You the last in the list. You not supported by the majority. And you are forcing PH out. You are trading Malaysia's future with Unity Gov't that has the making to build another Najib.... kleptocrat and authoritarian Bahahahahaha! And he’s not obsessed about being a PM? Thank you Tun Mahathir for your love and sincere care towards the country's well-being.
You have never set aside politics. Why should others? Its time to set aside rhetorics and honour your word. Enough of acting. You know very well how Malays who love you would react, with pity,love and support. You garner it well, but you've been doing it far too long that Malaysians have all realised.
With all due respect Tun, let it go (the control and power), let it go. Rather too late. Good 2 start wt u stepping aside & allow these new set & new age fighting politicians resolve d impasse. Malaysia need a politician like him to lead the nation and the people. Cermin diri sendiri, chedetofficial . And come back later.
Set aside this “expired” PM please...
Dr Mahathir adakan pertemuan dengan pemimpin parti politik | The Malaysian InsightPerdana menteri interim itu bertemu hampir kesemua pemimpin parti politik tempatan hari ini dan Shafie Apdal esok.
One man rules all. good or bad? Only if there is a succession plan, maybe it's not too bad. I hope when you select the ministers and they reject you, please step down SanjeevanSS Saatnya kejatuhan legasi Mahathir Umo dipanjangkan utk ini OMG😬😬😬 country economic boom 1st sudah ko yang terlibat menguhuru harakan politik negara berlagak suci pulak.
Can Mahathir give commitment he will not bring Mukhriz into his unity cabinet? We all know that Mukhriz will lose his Kedah MB's job. But you personally don’t seem like you are doing what you preach sir. Bila dah tak brp ade nyawa sangat, nadanya macam ni SAPROFIT. Always find ways to hook on host, drain the host until it die and take charge. Beware of SAPROFIT. Better still parasite.
Bersatu refuses to accept Dr M's resignationParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) refuses to accept Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as party chairman and will seek to convince him to reconside... F off.
When the pot is saying the kettle is black Cari talian hayat..... DAP, Needs to learned this from Him. Don't too busy with you personal interest. Working time, Rakyat watching you DAP.
This is possibly Dr M's endgameTHE so-called Sheraton escapade was a red herring to produce the notoriously short-lived Pakatan/Perikatan Nasional grand coalition. Jgn marah nyamuk, kelambu yg dibakar power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely Poor performing ministers and deputy ministers were from bersatu
Dr Wan Azizah makes an emotional, tearful exitNSTnation: “Before I make my move, I would like to extend my appreciation to all who had served the country while I was in the office.” - WanAzizah Read here: Respect. She is a strong n very kind person Bye bye Nice lady who lost her job overnight thanks to Azmin
Dr M says he wants a merit-based government, not party-basedPETALING JAYA: Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he wants a Cabinet built of capable individuals that does not have to cleave to party affiliations. He creates the chaos just because he doesn't want to handover the premiership? VERYKOO3 If done earlier, post GE 14, we won’t have flying car minister, special escort minister, minister for developer, twitter minister and disunity minister. His party decided to leave PH and talked with UMNO. If UMNO is accepted en bloc (as requested by UMNO) the country will be effectively ruled by the party that had lost, because of their numbers. He couldn’t accept that, so he resigned. Fair enough to me.
Dr M strengthens hand amid political turmoil | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Rival political factions competed to win favour with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today after he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil by resigning as prime minister, reinforcing the likelihood his shock move will strengthen his power. Mahathir, who at 94 is the world's...