Dr Mahathir’s biggest regret in life was resigning in 2003

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his decision to step down as prime minister in 2003 was his biggest regret in his 80 years of national politics.

“(Because) I never imagined that people who succeeded me or came after me would be doing things that are just not right and had created unease among the people,” the former prime minister said in clear reference to his successor Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak.

He said this in a live interview by prominent columnist Johan Jaafar over Sinar Harian’s various media platforms.

“Nobody asked me to resign. I was still popular, and I had the support of two-thirds of the MPs (then).”

TMI

Mahathir, whose first stint as prime minister was from July 1981 to October 2003 and the second from May 2018 to March 2020, said he made the decision because of his age.

“I felt I was old. I was then in my 70s.

“I was thinking maybe it’s time for me to step down. Take a break. Take a rest,” he said. – TMI