Dr M refutes claims that the King proposed Dr Wan Azizah to replace him as PM


PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has refuted claims that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had proposed Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to replace him and be appointed as interim prime minister in February 2020.

On his blog “Chedet”, Dr Mahathir said upon accepting his resignation as prime minister, the King had “immediately” asked him to be interim Prime Minister.

“He never proposed any other name, certainly not Wan Azizah, the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). I never offered myself, but it would be rude for me not to accept his proposal.

“At that time the Pakatan Harapan government had already fallen, as (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) had announced Bersatu had left Pakatan at noon.

“Wan Azizah as DPM could not take my place, as Pakatan was no longer the government. Nor could any member of Pakatan take over from me, ” wrote Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir was responding to claims made by former attorney-general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas in his newly-published book.

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