Mahathir: Anwar is not popular with Malays, can’t win the election

In a twist over the weekend, Mahathir announced that an informal meeting between him and leaders of the DAP and AMANAH on the 25th of June agreed to name Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister candidate. Source (pic): TTF

محضير:انور تق ڤوڤولر دڠن اورڠ ملايو، تق بوليه منڠ ڤيليهن راي

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told CNBC on Tuesday that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is unsure of himself and may not have the majority to remain Prime Minister.

Speaking to a CNBC correspondent on the Street Signs Asia program, Mahathir said Malaysia has so far only convened for an address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and has yet to conduct a regular session.

When asked by CNBC why he isn’t he backing Anwar, Mahathir said, “He is not very popular with the Malays.”

“It has been shown that the support of the Malays is very important for any party to win the election, and because he’s not very popular — being the leader of a multi-racial party — he needs somebody who’s leader of the Malays to help him win the election,” he added.


PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told CNBC on Tuesday that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is unsure of himself and may not have the majority to remain Prime Minister.

Speaking to a CNBC correspondent on the Street Signs Asia program, Mahathir said Malaysia has so far only convened for an address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and has yet to conduct a regular session.




“The new prime minister claims that he has the majority, but he’s so worried about his majority that parliament has not been allowed to sit. When the parliament was opened by the king, only the speech of the king was heard, no debates were allowed.

“So he is still unsure of himself whereas the country needs a strong hand to handle the many problems including the (Coronavirus) pandemic,” he said.

In a twist over the weekend, Mahathir announced that an informal meeting between him and leaders of the DAP and AMANAH on the 25th of June agreed to name Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister candidate.

Mahathir said the meeting also proposed to name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Deputy Prime Minister I and II respectively.

Soon after the announcement, Anwar posted a cryptic message in his Facebook, warning people against politics of deception in an apparent jibe at Shafie’s proposed candidature and Mahathir’s statement.

Both DAP Sabah and Sarawak have since thrown their weights behind Shafie and have asked Sarawak’s ruling coalition, GPS, to follow suit.

DAP and AMANAH however say the proposal must be decided by the coalition’s presidential council.

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DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said the presidential council needed to meet as soon as possible to reach a decision.

Lim noted that the meeting should take place before the Dewan Rakyat convened on the 13th of July 2020.

When asked by CNBC why he isn’t he backing Anwar, Mahathir said, “He is not very popular with the Malays.”

“It has been shown that the support of the Malays is very important for any party to win the election, and because he’s not very popular — being the leader of a multi-racial party — he needs somebody who’s leader of the Malays to help him win the election,” he added.

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