Dr M aims to form ‘apolitical govt’, apologises for political mess (full story)

Dr M aims to form ‘apolitical govt’, apologises for political mess (full story)

PUCHONG: Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir said that he is looking into forming a government that cuts across political affiliations.

In a live telecast address after his sudden resignation and return, Mahathir also apologised to Malaysians for this current political mess that has gripped the nation.

“I’m looking at forming a government that is apolitical, that would work towards the betterment of the people.

“And I hope Allah will guide me in this quest,” he said.

On Sunday, Mahathir quit as prime minister after being pressured by his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to renege on the power transition plan.

His abrupt resignation was followed by Bersatu and 11 other disgruntled leaders withdrawing from the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

However, Yang di-Pertuan Agong recalled Mahathir to serve as an interim prime minister until a new government is formed.

In his address, Mahathir urged all political parties to set aside their vested interest and prioritise national interest.

He added that as a leader, he was more concerned over national interest as opposed to doing things for popularity sake.

“And I will always do what is best for the country,” said Mahathir.

Relating his ordeal, the Langkawi MP said that he was disappointed by ‘certain leaders’ who had set their minds into working with Umno and PAS, and form a new government.

“If Bersatu join forces with Umno and PAS, the biggest party in the pact will be Umno.

“As far as I’m concerned, I can accept Umno members who quit the party and join other parties.

“But Umno will join as Umno. I couldn’t accept that, so I resigned,” he said.

On accusations that he was ‘power crazy’, Mahathir said that he only sees power as means get certain things done and in his case; doing the right things for national development.

“I resigned because I see power and positions as not as be all and end all. It is only a tool to achieve certain objectives for the good of the nation,” he added.

On the power transition plan, Mahathir reiterated that he was firm on resigning when the time was right.

“And I have promised to quit and allow the Dewan Rakyat to decide on it. If I’m supported, I will remain. If not, I will respect the decision,” he said.

By G Vinod