PETALING JAYA: Pejuang pro tem chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he had proposed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that a special council be set up to solve issues faced by the people, similar to the National Operations Council (NOC) set up in 1969.
He said this was because the NOC or Majlis Gerakan Negara (Mageran) had managed to solve a lot of economic and political issues that the rakyat and the government had faced in 1969, after the racial riots then.
At a live press conference, he said it was up to the government to propose to the King to set up the body but “I don’t think they will propose”.
“They feel they have everything under control, from economy, health, education and social issues, although the rakyat seem to be very unhappy,” he said.
Mahathir also said the King had asked for suggestions if elections should be held next year, to which Mahathir said it would be best if elections were held only after the country achieves 80% herd immunity.
Earlier today, he was at Istana Negara for an audience with the King, his first audience since he was appointed interim prime minister last February, when his resignation saw the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government. FREE MALAYSIA TODAY
Dr M: Anwar unable to suggest any solutions to crisis during our phone call
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed that he received a call from PKR president Anwar Ibrahim recently and that they discussed the current crisis.
However, he portrayed Anwar as being stumped by the problem.
“He seemed to be unable to suggest anything that we can do to solve the problems we are facing, so I suggested maybe we should write to the Agong,” the nonagenarian said in an online press conference today.
Sin Chew Daily reported that the phone call took place on the night of May 28.
Mahathir said he subsequently wrote to the Agong seeking an audience, which he believed led to the current meetings between the monarch and party leaders at the palace. MKINI
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