Mahathir: DAP wanted Shafie as PM candidate

PETALING JAYA: The proposal for Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be the Opposition’s candidate for prime minister was from DAP, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister, who was speaking during BFM’s The Breakfast Grille, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng wanted Shafie, who is Parti Warisan Sabah president, for the role.

“Well, that is the feeling of Guan Eng and DAP, ” he said when asked why he preferred Shafie over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Last June, Dr Mahathir also claimed the move was Lim’s idea following a meeting between DAP and Parti Amanah Negara leaders.

However, there were strong objections from PKR, which insisted that Anwar be prime minister if the Opposition took Putrajaya.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said he had nothing against Anwar but pointed out it was the PKR president who wanted him out of the Opposition coalition.

He noted that it was up to Parliament to decide whether Anwar had a majority to form the next government and be PM.

“I cannot determine that. You have to get the support of the majority of MPs. Only Parliament can decide. Even if DAP appoints him as prime minister and if he goes to Parliament and Parliament rejects him, he cannot be the government, ” he said.

Separately, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air would not cooperate with leaders who had been charged in court.

“I will not work with people charged in court, whether or not they are found guilty, ” he added.

Dr Mahathir said his new party wanted to be the kingmaker in the event Perikatan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan did not have a clear parliamentary majority.

“Major parties will have to work with us because in an election, it is most likely that neither Perikatan nor Pakatan will get a clear majority, ” he said.

Dr Mahathir also said he did not care what people thought of him after he passed away.

“I don’t care about my legacy. I’m quite sure that when I’m dead and gone, people will run me down and all that. It’s not important. I will be dead anyway. What legacy?” he said.

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