Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has today accused Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of not being “elected” by the voters to become the prime minister.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, his former deputy and the current Prime Minister, to call for a general election this year to prove that he has the backing of voters.
Dr Mahathir accused Anwar of becoming the prime minister by default and not through an election.
“This man has become prime minister by default, not because he was elected,” Dr Mahathir told reporters, referring to Anwar.
“But during my time, I think every election I won with a two-thirds majority, the people had a chance to throw me out. If I had abused my position, the people had a chance to throw me out.”
“I challenge Anwar to call for a GE today whether he dares or not to see what the people would say,” he added.
However, in Malaysia’s electoral system, voters do not directly choose the prime minister.
Instead, the leader of the coalition with the majority in Parliament is nominated to become the prime minister.
Anwar currently holds the support of 152 out of 222 Members of Parliament, ensuring a super-majority of two-thirds.
Contrary to Dr Mahathir’s claim, his Pakatan Harapan administration after the 14th general election did not hold a two-thirds majority.
The Anwar administration is not required to hold a general election until February 2028.
Dr Mahathir expressed regret that he had campaigned for Anwar in the 14th General Election, and now he is being investigated.
“When he was contesting, I actually campaigned for him, and so did Tun Daim Zainuddin.
Both of us campaigned for him, and now he wants to investigate me for wrongdoings,” he said.
Dr Mahathir stated that he is willing to be investigated and dismissed the notion that individuals with the title “Tun” are immune from investigation.
“I am easy. You can investigate me anytime. You have the power. You can probe me,” he said.