KUALA LUMPUR: Old-time rivals former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah put up a show of camaraderie just one day before the Budget 2021 is to be passed on Tuesday (Dec 15).
The two said they are ready to form a "unity govt" if the Budget fails to be passed.
The duo said that they are not working with the opposition Pakatan Harapan or any Umno MPs who are being tried in courts.
"You can call it 'unity government' if you want to. If I have enough votes, I do not mind being the PM," said Dr Mahathir.
"We have discussed to find ways to return as a progressive country again. We realise that our country has too many problems ....
“All of those in the government are (in it) for their own political gain and big salaries.
"We need to make policies of advancing the country and not for our own parties and not for our own selves, ” he said.
Dr Mahathir said that he is not working with opposition chief PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as “Anwar does not talk to me”.
He also said he will not want any MPs who are facing court cases such as former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to be part of the new government should they vote against Budget 2021 on Tuesday.
“They can vote against Budget 2021 but they will not be part of the new government, ” he said.
Although the duo repeatedly said that they are not offering themselves to be the next PM, Dr Mahathir said that if he gets enough support from the MPs, he does not mind becoming the next premier.
He argued that the rakyat is fed up with the politicking.
Tengku Razaleigh said that although he is an Umno MP, he is free to support whoever he wants.
When asked if he is willing to face disciplinary action for failing to toe the party line, he quipped, “What disciplinary action?”
"I am here sharing a platform with Dr Mahathir for the good of the country," said Tengku Razaleigh, who added that he will not take part in the debates for Budget 2021 and will not be voting for it.
The two senior politicians were speaking at a joint press conference Monday (Dec 14) at Yayasan Al-Bukhary here.
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