16 March 2018
Is a vote for you a vote for Anwar? Well, in a way, says Dr M
In an interview with Australia’s ABC, Mahathir, who now heads the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan and is its prime minister-designate, was asked if a vote for him in the coming general election would be a vote for Anwar.
“Well, in a way, it is because I have promised that I would be the prime minister for a short while until he (Anwar) is pardoned.
“He needs to be pardoned by the King before he can participate in politics again,” he said, adding that the pardon process could take between two or three years.
“I don’t think I want to stay on for much longer because I am conscious about my age and I don’t think I can survive too long or one full term as prime minister,” added Mahathir, who turns 93 in July.
13 March 2018
March 13, 2018
Dr M: I shouldn’t have acted against Anwar
PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday acknowledged he had made the wrong decision by “going by the law completely” in sacking Anwar Ibrahim as his deputy 20 years ago.
In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, he said he should not have acted against Anwar in that manner when the allegations against him cropped up.
If he could turn back time, Mahathir added, he might not have sacked Anwar.
“From the political point of view, I would not have done this. When I was the prime minister, I promised myself not to do anything that would make people hate me.”
However, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said he had no choice as the police had presented all the evidence to him in 1998.
He also denied it was his call to sack Anwar as Umno’s deputy president, saying it had been the collective decision of the party’s Supreme Council.
“We had a Supreme Council meeting until 4am. Everyone had a chance to speak.
“They not only didn’t want him to be deputy president, they also didn’t want him in the party.
“It was not my decision.”
30 July 2017
Anwar defends Dr Mahathir from critics
ANWAR Ibrahim has today defended Dr Mahathir Mohamad, urging critics to give the former prime minister the space to help expand opposition support.
Acknowledging the criticism of Dr Mahathir from activists and independent pressure groups, the Pakatan Harapan leader said the longest-serving prime minister and his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s presence in the opposition coalition would help support the Pakatan Harapan agenda.
“The structure of Pakatan Harapan can’t be equated to that of Barisan Nasional. PH is a democratic movement, leading together in a coalition.
“The concerns about the possibility of a party chairman can deviate from the course agreed upon and will not happen in the existing structure,” he said in a statement today.
However, he welcomed criticism from organisations like Suaram, Otai Reformasi and political party Parti Sosialis Malaysia, who have made public their displeasure about Dr Mahathir’s presence in the coalition leadership structure.
Anwar said he personally welcomed Dr Mahathir’s willingness to be part of the struggles, fighting using a different platform.
He said the future of the country and the interests of the people were far more important than past issues involving the two men.
6 July 2017
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he will have no objection to jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim becoming prime minister if the latter was able to secure a royal pardon which frees him to contest in elections once more.
The former prime minister-turned-Barisan Nasional critic had, as recently as May, refused to endorse his former protégé-turned-PKR leader-turned-ally as the Pakatan Harapan Opposition pact’s prime ministerial candidate, but appears to have had a change of heart in a recent interview with UK daily The Guardian.
“In the case of Anwar, we can make a case that he was unfairly treated. The decision of the court was obviously influenced by the government and I think the incoming government would be able to persuade the King to give a full pardon for Anwar.
“In which case he would be able to participate in politics and become PM. I can have no objection to that,” Dr Mahathir, who will turn 92 next Monday, was quoted as saying.
10 Feb 2017
Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim held a 45-minute meeting at the Kuala Lumpur court complex this afternoon.
Speaking to reporters later, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson said despite Bersatu engaging in talks with PAS, it is committed to solidifying the opposition.
Mahathir, Anwar discuss political problems in second meeting
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today had a 40-minute meeting with his one-time nemesis, Anwar Ibrahim, at the High Court premises here, the second since last September.
The former prime minister said they discussed political problems facing the nation.
“We also talked and agreed about other principal issues, including the present leadership of the country,” he told reporters.
Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, said his party would continue to strengthen the coalition with Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“We are still talking to PAS but in the meantime we want to solidify the coalition,” he said.