Dr Mahathir wants to make Pejuang kingmaker in GE15

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told Nikkei Asia that he intends to present a ‘third force’ that ‘might not be big, but can be the deciding factor.’ ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told Nikkei Asia that he intends to present a ‘third force’ that ‘might not be big, but can be the deciding factor.’ ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes his newly-formed party Parti Pejuang Tanah Air could determine who wins the upcoming general election as a third force between two sides with no clear advantage against one another.

The two-time former prime minister told Nikkei Asia that he intends to present a “third force” that “might not be big, but can be the deciding factor.”

“Our experience is that although a party is small, when there are clashes between giants and none of them succeed, there is a role for a third force to determine which of the two should win,” he said in an exclusive interview with the business paper.

The 95-year-old has suggested that he may still remain politically active despite saying he would stay out of the polls.

He told Nikkei Asia that he may be “forced” to run again by his supporters on account of his “name recognition.”

“I've already stepped back, but people still come and consult me,” he said.

“If the party says I need to be a part of the leadership, I don't think I can just dismiss them, that's why I'm still active. But of course, for me, being active is very important for my health.”

Dr Mahathir also spoke about Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Langkawi MP said he remains open to working with his former protege, but it was Anwar who appeared reluctant.

“[Anwar] did not agree to this and ignored the fact that I can bring the support of the Malays to the coalition,” he told the business paper.

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