PUTRAJAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now too preoccupied to continue with his original goal of making wars of aggression a crime against humanity.
“When I was the prime minister for the second time, I worked 18 hours a day. Even now, I have too many things on my head as a leader in a new party.
“I think war is primitive. You want to settle a problem, you kill a person. How can you do that?” he said during a 30-minute meet-up session with current Miss Earth Malaysia 2020/21 Dr Nisha Thayananthan at his office here on Tuesday.
Dr Mahathir said he could not continue with the goal due to his commitments with many other organisations, including his political party Parti Pejuang Tanah Air.
He said the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War initiated by him was still there but it was no longer active.
Asked whether the goal would be achieved if he returned to power for the third time, the nonagenarian said he has no desire to return for a third stint as the prime minister.
“Maybe if I am younger but I am 95 years old now.
“I can still function and more interested to advise people on what they should do. Other than that, I feel I shouldn’t be the prime minister for a third time, ” he said.
Dr Mahathir had served twice as prime minister – first as the leader of then-ruling coalition Barisan Nasional for 22 years and next as chairman of Pakatan Harapan for 22 months after the 2018 general election.
Born on July 10,1925, Dr Mahathir is the only politician in the country who has held the country’s top executive post twice.
He also holds the record as the world’s oldest prime minister when he was re-elected in May 2018. —Bernama