KUALA LUMPUR – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he never had any secret plans to make his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir the prime minister.
Dr Mahathir, who now chairs the federal opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH), said he has no plot to have DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang appointed as deputy prime minister if the Opposition takes over Putrajaya.
“Clearly, I say that I have never at any time complot with anyone, what more Lim Kit Siang to have any “Secret Agreement” or “Secret Pact” for the sole purpose of boosting my son Mukhriz to be Prime Minister and Lim as the Deputy Prime Minister if the Opposition Pact wins the 14th general election,” he said in his witness statement that was tendered in the High Court today.
Dr Mahathir, also the Umno president when he led the country’s administration, pointed out that Mukhriz did not even join Umno when he was still the prime minister.
“If, I have such intentions, surely during the time when I was still Prime Minister, and Mukhriz was still young in his 20s or 30s at that time, I would have done anything within my powers to boost his political career, where if it is checked or examined, will show that Mukhriz only became an Umno member not long after I stopped becoming Prime Minister.
“This is because, I had strictly barred my children including Mukhriz from actively being involved in politics. I did not want to be accused of abusing my position and power as Prime Minister and Umno president for my family’s interest,” he added.
Dr Mahathir today testified as the second and last witness in favour of Mukhriz’s defamation lawsuit against Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
Mukhriz had sued over the latter’s allegation of a secret pact between Dr Mahathir and Lim to make Mukhriz prime minister and the DAP leader the deputy prime minister.
Last February 7, Mukhriz filed a defamation suit against Tunku Abdul Aziz over the latter’s December 30, 2016 statement that alleged such a secret plot, as well as over the latter’s January 3, 2017 statement that demanded a sworn statement from Mukhriz and Lim to deny such a plot.
In his witness statement filed for this lawsuit, Mukhriz had denied the existence of a secret pact between Dr Mahathir and Lim to make Mukhriz PM designate and to make Lim DPM designate.
Mukhriz had also said Tunku Abdul Aziz’s claims have been “proven” to be false and defamatory, citing PH’s January 7, 2018 announcement that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Dr Mahathir and PKR’s Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would be its PM designate and deputy PM designate.
The hearing before High Court judge Datuk Nordin Hassan will resume this Thursday, with Tunku Abdul Aziz will be cross-examined.
– Malay Mail