Malaysia’s Mahathir attacks ruling PM with new party

Mahathir MoahamadFormer Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Moh­amad (91) will form a new political party which is meant to join forces with the opposition in a bid to oust ruling coalition Barisan Nasional in the next general election. The party will be part of a greater grouping comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Amanah, as well NGOs and individuals.

The former prime minister said this was agreed upon during a meeting between him and representatives of the three Opposition parties and NGOs held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

“We have agreed to set aside our differences and work as a coalition, he said, adding that “we will also set aside our respective political struggles and concentrate on winning the next general election. We know that this must be done if we want to fight Barisan and win.”

On the new political party, Mahathir said efforts were underway to launch it “soon,” adding that he was mulling the idea of having a Malay-based party but had to consider the realities of the country. Asked if he would be leading the party, the former prime minister said he would lead in its setting up.

“I will be the founding member but this doesn’t mean I will be president or PM,” he said.

“The aim is simple, we want to change the government,” he added.

Political analysts say that such a new party could attract people who are unhappy with corruption allegations surrounding the current prime minister and who question Najib Razak’s leadership of the ruling party.



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Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Moh­amad (91) will form a new political party which is meant to join forces with the opposition in a bid to oust ruling coalition Barisan Nasional in the next general election. The party will be part of a greater grouping comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Amanah, as well NGOs and individuals. The former prime minister said this was agreed upon during a meeting between him and representatives of the three Opposition parties and NGOs held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation. “We have agreed to set aside our differences and work...

Mahathir MoahamadFormer Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Moh­amad (91) will form a new political party which is meant to join forces with the opposition in a bid to oust ruling coalition Barisan Nasional in the next general election. The party will be part of a greater grouping comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Amanah, as well NGOs and individuals.

The former prime minister said this was agreed upon during a meeting between him and representatives of the three Opposition parties and NGOs held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

“We have agreed to set aside our differences and work as a coalition, he said, adding that “we will also set aside our respective political struggles and concentrate on winning the next general election. We know that this must be done if we want to fight Barisan and win.”

On the new political party, Mahathir said efforts were underway to launch it “soon,” adding that he was mulling the idea of having a Malay-based party but had to consider the realities of the country. Asked if he would be leading the party, the former prime minister said he would lead in its setting up.

“I will be the founding member but this doesn’t mean I will be president or PM,” he said.

“The aim is simple, we want to change the government,” he added.

Political analysts say that such a new party could attract people who are unhappy with corruption allegations surrounding the current prime minister and who question Najib Razak’s leadership of the ruling party.



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