Tun M ‘will do any­thing to achieve his ob­jec­tives’

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ALOR STAR: For­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad is now on “sur­vival mode” as his plans to top­ple the rul­ing Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment are fall­ing apart.

United Pa­sok­mo­mo­gun Kadazan­dusun Mu­rut Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Upko) in­for­ma­tion chief Al­bert Bingkasan said this was be­cause Dr Ma­hathir and his al­lies in the op­po­si­tion were self­ish.

He was re­spond­ing to Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary Dr Ah­mad Sam­suri Mokhtar’s claim that Dr Ma­hathir had only turned to DAP for help af­ter he was spurned by Pas.

“The op­po­si­tion par­ties are made up of dis­grun­tled lead­ers and those who are bent on hold­ing onto their own in­ter­ests with­out any re­gard for oth­ers.

“These U-turns by Dr Ma­hathir are not a sur­prise.

“He tried to break Barisan Na­sional from within but failed.

“He then moved on to work with peo­ple who were seen as his en­e­mies.

“This loose coali­tion will not last, un­like BN, which has en­dured many challenges in the past,” Bingkasan told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Dr Sam­suri yes­ter­day said Dr Ma­hathir held a meet­ing with Hadi, dur­ing which he com­plained about Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and de­scribed DAP as a “chau­vin­ist party”.

How­ever, sev­eral months later, Dr Ma­hathir joined forces with his en­emy, DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang.

Dr Ma­hathir’s Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) is now part of the Pakatan Hara­pan coali­tion, which is made up of DAP, PKR and Pas off­shoot Parti Amanah Ne­gara.

For­mer DAP vice-chair­man Tunku Ab­dul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, mean­while, de­scribed Dr Ma­hathir as a “des­per­ate man” who would take any op­por­tu­nity to achieve his ob­jec­tive.

“That is the true mea­sure of Dr Ma­hathir. In his des­per­a­tion, he will try any­thing, whether it is moral or im­moral. To him, pol­i­tics is the art of the pos­si­ble, and he is quite happy to use any means as long as it gets him what he wants,” he said.

Univer­siti Malaya po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi de­scribed Dr Ma­hathir as a “real politi­cian” who would do what­ever it took to achieve his goal.

He said Dr Ma­hathir’s al­leged ac­tion proved that the longest­serv­ing prime min­is­ter was fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ple of “the end jus­ti­fies the means”.

“Dr Ma­hathir’s un­de­cided stance is ex­pected be­cause he acts based on events and ne­ces­sity sim­ply be­cause he wants to achieve his po­lit­i­cal aim,” he said yes­ter­day.

In Padang Be­sar, Lim yes­ter­day de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter, say­ing it was Pas’s in­ter­nal is­sue.

Lim was there to an­nounce DAP’s can­di­dates in Perlis for the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Tunku Ab­dul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim

Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

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