Interim Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed addressed the nation on the current political situation, which has resulted in the collapse of the 20-month-old Pakatan Harapan government.
The 94-year-old politician began his speech by apologising to Malaysians for the current imbroglio.
“I am not spared from making mistakes and apologise for them,” Dr Mahathir said.
He explained that he resigned because he felt there was too much politicking amid the weak economy and the virus scare.
He said politicians were too engrossed over party matters that they have sidelined interests of the nation and people.
He denied that he is obsessed with power, noting how some have accused him of being power-crazy and reiterated his refusal to work with Umno.
“I resigned because I do not see power and positions as the ‘be all and end all’. Power is a means to achieve objectives for the good of the nation,” he added.
Mahathir also confirmed speculation that he wanted to form a unity government.
If granted, he said he will form a government across the political divide and one that will put the country first.
“What I do today will earn the wrath of many, but what I want is for the best of Malaysia.
“I am not trying to be liked by all, I am just trying to do something which I think is best for the country.
“I will try to form a government without leaning towards any party.”
In his brief address, Mahathir made no mention of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim or the agreement to pass the leadership baton to the latter.