‘Mahathir turned to DAP after being spurned by PAS’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 30 Apr 2017

ALOR SETAR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turned to DAP for help to unseat the Prime Minister only after he was spurned by PAS.

The former premier had asked to meet PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, during which he complained about Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and ran down DAP as a “chauvinist party”.

“Imagine our surprise when several months later, we learnt he was planning to join forces with DAP,” said Abdul Hadi’s political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar on the sidelines of the PAS muktamar here.

Dr Samsuri, who was present at the meeting which took place more than a year ago, said Dr Mahathir spoke extensively about issues like corruption and 1MDB.

According to Dr Samsuri, Dr Mahathir said he could not work with DAP because the party was too chauvinist.

He then went on to complain about Lim Kit Siang and how they had clashed when Dr Mahathir was prime minister.

“We also could not accept DAP and Hadi told him that if that is the case, we can cooperate. He was impatient to see Najib fall, we could see he was willing to work with anyone, including (hedge fund billionaire) George Soros.

“When we asked him who would be the prime minister candidate, he said that it was up to us to decide who we wanted,” said Dr Samsuri.

Abdul Hadi then told Dr Mahathir that he needed to go back to the party before making a decision.

But not long after that, the PAS leader learnt that Dr Mahathir and DAP had struck up an alliance.

When that happened, PAS was no longer interested in cooperating with Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir then went on to launch the “Citizens Declaration” with the Opposition and made several high-profile appearances with Lim.

He then formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia which has since joined Pakatan Harapan.

“It was fortunate we did not commit ourselves to Dr Mahathir because our stand on DAP is irreversible,” said Dr Samsuri.

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