PUTRAJAYA – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dismissed his political nemesis, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s chance of ousting him from power in the next general election.
The prime minister, while acknowledging the presence of another former prime minister, Mr Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in his salutation at the opening of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuching, said Dr Mahathir will fail in his bid.
After describing Mr Abdullah, the founder of the forum, as a “very supportive immediate predecessor”, he said “my other predecessor is forcing a disruptive change” in reference to the theme of the forum, “Disruptive change: Impact and challenges”.
“He won’t succeed,” said Mr Najib.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir has teamed up with his former arch political foes in PKR and DAP to form an opposition bloc, Pakatan Harapan, in an attempt to oust Najib and his ruling Barisan Nasional.
Dr Mahathir, chairman of Bersatu, has teamed up with his former deputy and PKR de facto leader Mr Anwar Ibrahim, whom he jailed on a sodomy charge, and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.
They accuse Mr Najib of embezzling billions of ringgit of public funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd.