According to various reports by the media, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance at a forum which aimed to discuss whether he was too old to become prime minister. Participants of the forum were stunned when the man himself made an appearance and took a seat at the front row.
“I’m here guys. Say it to my face,” the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman posted on Twitter with a picture of himself sitting while facing the forum’s panellists and moderator on Thursday.
Ada forum bertajuk, “Adakah Tun M terlalu Tua untuk jadi PM?”
I’m here guys. Say it to my face. pic.twitter.com/riazno9c2q
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) March 22, 2018
Dr Mahathir reportedly arrived at the forum about an hour after it started at 3.15pm.
Organised by Malay daily, Sinar Harian, the panellists at the forum were a critic of the Opposition Kamarul Zaman Yusoff from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), and psychologist Mat Saat Mohd Baki.
Before Mahathir arrived, Kamarul had listed many reasons why the Pakatan Harapan chairperson was unfit to be PM again.
“Leading a party is tough because of the age factor and a person’s strength,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian. However, he seemed to soften his stance after Mahathir’s arrival.
Dr M then continued to answers questions from the panellist and audience. To sum it all up, he admitted that his long years at the top could be a factor in him being chosen by PH parties as a candidate for prime minister again. He also dismissed a claim that consensus within PH would make him a puppet. Dr M added that the decision to sack Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 was also based on consensus.
Dr Mahathir, who will turn 93 in July, said at the forum that “Many people who live up to 100 can still think and use their brains.” According to The Malaysian Insight, he also noted that “We (Bersatu) cannot be multiracial. Rural Malays still cannot accept a multiracial party. They need to be assured that the leadership will be (helmed by) a Malay leader.”
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