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Saturday, 16 August 2014 | MYT 6:40 PM

Selangor MB crisis: Blame Anwar, says Dr Mahathir

Dr Mahathir gestures during his speech in Putrajaya

Dr Mahathir gestures during his speech in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has decribed the political crisis in the Pakatan Rakyat-run Selangor as a "farce" arising from Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's ambition to become prime minister.

He said the political upheaval and tussle for the post of Selangor mentri besar will not end even when new elections are held in the near future.

"There can be new elections but I do not think it will solve the problem for as long as Anwar does not become prime minister.

"If we let him (Anwar) become PM for one month, I think he might be satisfied but he will not let go (the post of PM)," he said after attending a discussion on the evolution of the identity of the Malaysian youth.

Selangor faced a leadership crisis when the PKR sacked Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim after he refused to abide by the party's instructions to resign and make way for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Dr Mahathir said Khalid had the choice to choose a political party.

 "In a democracy, we are free to join a party and leave a party. Khalid was in Umno. He joined Pakatan, Keadilan (PKR). Now, he does not agree with PKR, that is his right," he noted. - Bernama

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