Dr M: I will keep my promise to Anwar, I am the only 'dictator' who resigned

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  • Saturday, 03 Nov 2018

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Putrajaya on November 1, 2018. - Six months after winning power in a shock election victory, Mahathir, the world's oldest leader at 93, concedes he's exhausted as he battles to rebuild a "destroyed" government. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) reiterated he will keep his promise to step down after two years to give way to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"My promise is that I will step down (after two years). Do you remember any occasion when I did not keep my promise? I am the only 'dictator' who resigned," said Dr Mahathir.

He was responding to a question on Setiawangsa Bersatu division led by his own political secretary Zahid Md Arip calling for him to serve the complete term until the next general election.

"But if Anwar gives me the permission to stay on two and a half years...but my promise is a promise," said Dr Mahathir.

He was speaking to the media after a Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council meeting today at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here today (Nov 3).

On questions of how things are currently between Anwar and him, he jokingly posed a fighting fist at Anwar seated next to him.

"I wanted to fight him but he smiled at me," said Dr Mahathir.

In response, Anwar said, "I have no problem (with Dr Mahathir). The media (asking questions) is the problem."

This is the first time Anwar is attending the Pakatan Presidential Council meeting.

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