Mahathir denies involvement in Dubai Move

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied involvement in the Dubai Move, claiming he has not visited the place for a long time.

He also took the opportunity to take potshots at Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, claiming the latter was the expert in political manoeuvrings and “backdoor governments.”

“I’m sure many still remember the move on Sept 16, 2008, to establish a backdoor government.

“Plus, there was also the Kajang Move to promote his wife to become the Selangor menteri besar,” Mahathir said on X.

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“And who can forget the ‘I have the numbers’ and ‘strong, formidable and convincing majority’ moves? All these are efforts to gain power through backdoor methods,” he added.

Taking a swipe at Anwar, Mahathir said that the latter’s efforts back then were not considered treasonous despite its potential effects on the nation’s democracy and economy.

“As long as he can become prime minister, all his backdoor manoeuvrings are considered halal and virtuous,” the former Langkawi MP added.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed the plot, alleging the movement not only involved PN leaders but certain individuals from the government bloc as well.

Anwar has acknowledged the plot allegations but has played them down, saying he prefers to focus on his government work.