BUTTERWORTH – Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said he is “willing to work” for the people to return Malaysia to its former glory days.
He said many Malaysians today had become ashamed of admitting to outsiders that they were Malaysians as the country had gained a reputation for corruption and having “thieves and pirates”.
“I am sure people are asking what has happened to your country … there is no more democracy.
“If you want to get rid of them, please vote for Pakatan Harapan in the next general election (GE14), he added in reference to the country’s current leaders.
“I am 92 now, I don’t know how many years I will be around but I promise, so long as I am here, when we form a new government, we will return Malaysia to its former glory.
“That is the former glory before Najib Razak and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,” he told a ceramah before some 3,000 people at the Padang MPSP in Kepala Batas, the former stronghold of Abdullah for 35 years. As the country’s fifth prime minister, Abdullah served eight terms as Kepala Batas MP. He gave up the seat in the 2013 general election.
Mahathir was speaking at a ceramah titled Jelajah Semarak organised by PPBM, which also featured PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
During a short pause in Mahathir’s speech, a spectator shouted “Hidup Tun!”, which translates to “Long Live Mahathir”.
“Ah, yes hidup Tun. I am already 92. Struggling to talk and stand. But if you want me to do work, I can do work, insyaAllah,” the PPBM chairman said in response.
ANWAR TOO CAN GET OUT OF JAIL EASILY IF HE BUTTERS NAJIB & APANDI
Earlier, Mahathir also took a dig at Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying the laws that applied to all people in the country did not apply to him.
He said Najib and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali had created their own version of justice, where a person accused of crimes can absolve himself by simply saying, “I did not do it.”
“Apandi is smart, he has become a judge, he has declared Najib did not do anything wrong.
“All he did was ask Najib, ‘did you do anything wrong?’ Najib then replied ‘I did not do anything wrong.’ And ‘judge’ Apandi tells the people, ‘Najib did not do any wrong.’ It is as simple as that.
“So I told Anwar Ibrahim that he has a good chance of getting out of jail. Just answer ‘I am not guilty’ and you will be free. These are the new laws under Najib,” Mahathir said referring to the sodomy conviction that saw his former deputy jailed for five years from February 2015.