Muhyiddin Yassin would not have had the chance to be prime minister if he had not brought down the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Dr Mahathir said he had promised the premiership to Anwar Ibrahim.
The former prime minister said Muhyiddin saw that in bringing down PH he had a chance to be chosen as prime minister.
“Muhyiddin knew he would never be prime minister because I had already promised that Anwar would take over when I stepped down.
“If Anwar had become prime minister, I don’t think he would have appointed Muhyiddin as his deputy. So, Muhiyiddin didn’t have a chance to become PM,” he said during an online press conference.
Dr Mahathir said Muhyiddin knew he (Dr Mahathir) did not want to work with Umno.
“But, he (Muhyiddin) was prepared to work with Umno. That was why I refused to join and resigned.
“When I resigned, Muhiyiddin saw a chance for himself to become PM.”
The Langkawi MP said Umno leaders thought they could make use of Muhyiddin as prime minister as a way out from their pending court cases but Muhyiddin had said he would not interfere.
“They thought they could use him (Muhyiddin) to escape punishment. But he did not interfere in Najib’s case.
“But he interfered in (former Sabah chief minister) Musa Aman’s case, Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz and (former Federal Territories minister) Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who all got away,” he said.
Dr Mahathir added that Muhyiddin’s position as prime minister was due to his willingness to pull out of PH and join Umno to form a new government. – TMI