Dr M: Nam­ing PM is like ‘syiok sendiri’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former pre­mier Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad re­mained non-com­mit­tal when asked on the Pakatan Hara­pan’s po­ten­tial prime min­is­ter can­di­date if the op­po­si­tion wins in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

“He (jailed op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim) is one of the can­di­dates but if we don’t win, no one (from the op­po­si­tion) can be­come the prime min­is­ter. What’s im­por­tant is to win.

“Any­one can be a can­di­date. If we don’t win and name the can­di­date, it’s like syiok sendiri (self­ind­ul­gent),” he said when re­porters pressed him for his view on a sur­vey con­ducted by PKRlinked non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion In­voke.

The sur­vey found that An­war was the most pop­u­lar choice for prime min­is­ter among op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers.

Last Sun­day Dr Ma­hathir was pre­sent when op­po­si­tion lead­ers held plac­ards which read “An­war as the 7th PM” at the PKR Na­tional Congress.

While the lead­ers held up the plac­ards, Dr Ma­hathir was seen tak­ing pic­tures us­ing his mo­bile phone and Parti

Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) Pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin was clap­ping his hands.

Univer­siti Malaya po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi said the plac­ard in­ci­dent had given the per­cep­tion that par­ties within Pakatan Hara­pan were not united.

“Dr Ma­hathir had to ad­mit that An­war is one of the can­di­dates be­cause the plac­ard in­ci­dent had caused a per­cep­tion that the op­po­si­tion is not united.

“The peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in Pakatan Hara­pan is shaken and if this con­tin­ues, Pakatan Hara­pan will be at its low­est point.

“The pub­lic will be an­noyed with the lead­ers’ be­hav­iour be­cause they have not even man­aged to gov­ern the coun­try yet they are al­ready fight­ing with each other,” he said.

Az­man said the rea­son why Dr Ma­hathir later ad­mit­ted An­war as one of the can­di­date was to change the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion over the fi­asco.

“Dr Ma­hathir re­alised this and now he is do­ing dam­age con­trol.

“But the thing is, the dam­age has al­ready been done.”

Dr Ma­hathir had said the op­po­si­tion would col­lec­tively de­cide on who would be­come the next prime min­is­ter if it won the elec­tion.

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

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