Dr Mahathir: People’s anger toward govt justified

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Given the excessive politicking and uncertainty over what life will be like in the next few months, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the people’s anger toward the government is justified.

He said the spike in the number of daily Covid-19 cases since the state of emergency was declared was not helping either, adding that coordination among all ministries was extremely important to ensure the country’s success in its fight against the pandemic.

“The people are suffering, and it is justified that they feel angry. I see that the government has ideas (on tackling issues at hand) but if you don’t know how to execute the plans, then you will not see any result.

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“Too many politics are involved and there is no coordination among the ministers. This is a serious crisis.

“You need experience to tackle a crisis like this,” he said during an interview with comedian Harith Iskander aired live on his Facebook page.

When pointed out by Harith that some of the current cabinet ministers were experienced members from the previous governments, Dr Mahathir claimed they were now more focused on politics.

“The problem is, they are focused on politics. They think about who’s going to be the prime minister (and) who’s going to do a vote of no confidence instead of talking about the people’s suffering.

“There is no focus, and they don’t try to get good advice from the professionals, and this is why there are no solutions,” he said.

Asked on what he has on his mind in getting Malaysia out of the current health and economic crises, Dr Mahathir pointed to his recent proposal for the National Operations Council (NOC) to be formed.

He said with NOC, members of the council would be able to resolve the crises without having to get involved in political games.

“If I am involved in any way (in NOC), I will resign from Parti Pejuang (Tanah Air).

“I would like to give my full efforts to resolving Covid-19 crisis full time. Pejuang will carry on.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir opined that it is not Malays who are the kingmakers during an election in areas where they are the majority, but Chinese and Indians, Sinar Harian reported.

He said that the said situation had happened in 1969, when he contested against a PAS candidate, in a predominantly Malay area.

“At that time, the area had 35,000 voters and the ones who contested there were a PAS candidate and I.

“Rightfully, I should have won because the Malays supported me, but the Malays there were split down the middle. Half to PAS, half to me but the ones who decided the winner were the Chinese. The Chinese at that time did not like me, so they gave their votes to PAS,” he was reported as saying.

Dr Mahathir, who is Langkawi MP, reportedly predicted that the same situation would reoccur in the upcoming national polls.

“It is the rest who decide, and at the next election, it will be like that too. Due to Malays fighting among themselves, it is the Indians and Chinese that will decide who will win,” he added.