PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that a group of Opposition politicians met with him two days ago to pledge their support for him to complete the full term as premier.
However, the Prime Minister downplayed the meeting, saying that many people came to see him all the time and that he had met with many people.
"Have you been spying on me?" he said when asked about the meeting.
"The meeting happened. I meet everyone, not just the Opposition.
"They wanted to come and see me; I see them, hear what they want to say. A lot expressed support for me, " he said
Dr Mahathir said those who saw him came from PAS, Umno and also from Sarawak.
The Star reported that Opposition representatives met with Dr Mahathir to urge him to stay the full term, saying that nobody should take over the helm of the country midway through.
The Opposition leaders in attendance at the meeting were said to include former Umno vice-president and defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, PAS vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Samsuri Ahmad Mokhtar, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and GPS chief whip Datuk Fadillah Yusof.
A high-ranking Pakatan Harapan leader, who is a Cabinet minister, was also present after having been called to join the meeting by Dr Mahathir.
Asked to confirm if this minister was Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, the Prime Minister replied: "It's a secret meeting. I can't tell you."