GE15: Dr M says saddened by Pejuang’s heavy defeat, to focus on writing country’s history

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) says he is saddened over his party's heavy defeat in the 15th General Election (GE15) but he accepts the people's choice.

The former premier hoped that the party that won would form the new government.

"As Pejuang lost in all 125 seats that it contested, the party will not be able to become an opposition in the Dewan Rakyat.

"All Pejuang's plans have to be abandoned. All we can do is to observe the administration of the winning party," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 23).

Pejuang prayed that the country will be able to heal, no matter who formed the next government, Dr Mahathir said.

"I will focus on writing about history and activities in the country.

"I believe there are various incidents in the country that have not been recorded, including what occurred during the British era. I am also open to being interviewed by writers," he said.

The former prime minister, who contested in Langkawi, failed to defend the seat for the second term, securing only 4,566 votes out of 48,123 votes in a five-cornered contest.

Apart from Dr Mahathir, who is also Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) protem chairman, other senior Pejuang leaders who lost their deposits are his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir who failed to defend the Jerlun seat after losing to Perikatan Nasional candidate Dr Abd Ghani Ahmad, and GTA deputy chairman Datuk Marzuki Yahya in his attempt to wrest the Sungai Petani seat from Pakatan Harapan.

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