PETALING JAYA: A video of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asking Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia members to support Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be the next Prime Minister has gone viral.
In the six-minute video clip, the former prime minister is heard saying that he is throwing his weight behind Shafie as the latter shares the same sentiments with him against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"I am the one who named Shafie (to replace me as the candidate), but it is not me alone. The others also gave his name.
"If you don't let Shafie win, it is like not letting me win.
"I hope the (Bersatu) grassroots would choose Shafie as their candidate for PM. If I am no more, there are other people. I won't be around forever. It is better if we change (the candidate for the next PM) at this time, so that we can continue our struggle. I want you to support him.
He was responding to a Bersatu member who asked him whether they should support Shafie as the ninth PM candidate.
There is no explanation as to whether the choice of Shafie as the possible prime minister candidate is a Pakatan Harapan Plus decision.
Pakatan Harapan Plus is a moniker for the Pakatan parties - PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Nasional - and the former Bersatu leaders who support Dr Mahathir, as well as Warisan.
In the same clip, Dr Mahathir also lambasted the government for the decision involving Najib's stepson Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, who was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal over money laundering charges.
On May 14, Riza was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court over five counts of money laundering charges involving US$248mil (RM1.25bil) linked to 1MDB.
He also hinted that Najib would also be the next prime minister if Umno wins the next general election.
When contacted, an aide of Dr Mahathir confirmed the clip and said that it was held on the night of June 26 and supposed to have been a closed-door session for Bersatu Perak and Terengganu members.
Also present at the meet was former Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz, former Bersatu secretary general Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and representatives from DAP.
Dr Mahathir, who had a fallout with Muhyiddin when the latter became the Prime Minister after Dr Mahathir resigned abruptly, has stayed on in Pakatan Harapan, despite his then-party joining hands with Barisan Nasional parties and PAS to form a new Federal Government.
However, in the past couple of weeks, Dr Mahathir had also had a fallout with PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Pakatan Harapan's choice for the ninth prime minister if it wins the next general election.
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