Mahathir Mohamad won’t contest in state elections, cites age and senility

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian prime minister, stated that he is not going to take part within the upcoming state elections, citing his age and the consequences of senility. The 97-year-old made the announcement during a press conference following a gathering on the Malay Proclamation, a document he authored that goals to protect the pursuits of the Malay community and restore their political power.
The state elections are set to happen in six Malaysian states, including Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Selangor, and Terengganu, with an anticipated date in August. Dr Mahathir also talked about his plans to meet with Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin to debate potential cooperation.
“No, I’m already old … (and) senile,” stated Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir expressed confusion over the discrepancy between his international and native reception, stating that he was invited to talk in Japan and South Korea, while in Malaysia, people questioned when he would retire.
Regarding the cooperation with PN, Dr Mahathir said that whether or not it will be everlasting or only for the state elections would be discussed throughout his meeting with Muhyiddin. “We will discuss. There is a chance that we’ll compete in the state polls if we find that it’s the needs of the general public,” he stated.
According to The Star, Dr Mahathir claimed that every one leaders present in the course of the assembly agreed to deal with issues faced by the Malays. Among the attendees had been Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) president Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, and Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) president Mukhriz Mahathir, Dr Mahathir’s son.
“This is not to deny the rights of the non-Malays,” he said. “Don’t assume that our movement is anti-non-Malays. We aren’t in opposition to non-Malays; anything we do in future, we think about the rights of others.”
Dr Mahathir emphasised the importance of unity among Malays in the country, whatever the state elections, as disunity would solely weaken them. Marked down that events that signed the Malay Proclamation agreed not to compete with one another in the course of the elections and have been contemplating contesting collectively.
“All of us agreed on the necessity to move ahead collectively. This consists of throughout elections as a outcome of we can’t do much if we don’t hold (political) power,” he reportedly said.
Last week, Dr Mahathir introduced his willingness to work with Muhyiddin if they might attain a consensus on mutual targets, similar to championing the Malay cause and rejecting these concerned in corruption or legal misconduct.
“We have split into many events and we’ve misplaced power. When we lose power, we can not right the circumstances that are detrimental to the Malays … This is why we want to unite,” he advised Malaysia Now..

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