PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blames Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government.
Speaking to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia members in a closed-door meeting on Sunday (March 1), he said Muhyiddin wanted to leverage Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's desire to be prime minister and create a political crisis.
The former prime minister, whose chairmanship of Bersatu is also in question, said the "real" crisis only happened when Muhyiddin took the party out of Pakatan Harapan.
"On the day when we had the Pakatan presidential council meeting, I received information from my political secretary that Anwar was apparently going to demand that I appoint him as deputy prime minister.
"So of course we got angry. But this did not happen - what happened was that all of the leaders in Pakatan supported me (to go on as prime minister).
"Muhyiddin wanted an excuse for a crisis to happen - but he could not get it from Anwar.
"When he took Bersatu out of Pakatan, that is when the crisis really happened," said Dr Mahathir.
The closed-door meeting was streamed live on Parti Amanah Negara's Facebook page.
Dr Mahathir also said that Anwar scuppered his plans to be reappointed as prime minister.
"I was sad that I lost, because Anwar asked Pakatan to nominate him. He had 92 votes. I had 60, or even more. If Pakatan voted for me then I would have gotten the majority.
"He wanted to be the prime minister, even though he knew he couldn't get the majority," said Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir said Anwar had always been "obsessed" with becoming prime minister.
"In the past, he had a lot of support. But now, people support me," he said.
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