Dr M will not contest in 2023 general election

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  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

LANGKAWI: Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he will not contest in the coming general election if it is held according to schedule as he will be 98 years old then.

He said this to reporters when met at his Langkawi MP service centre here yesterday.

The former prime minister, however, said he would be willing to offer advice and share his experiences with members of his new party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).

Asked if there was a need to dissolve Parliament for a general election to be held following the latest political development in the country, Dr Mahathir said that the Covid-19 pandemic situation posed a risk to the plan.

“Under normal circumstances, it can (be dissolved) because the general election gives power to the people to decide who forms the government.

“But this time, with the country is facing the Covid-19 threat, it will be costly to hold a GE and it can also expose the people to the disease,” he said. — Bernama

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