DAP favours Dr Mahathir to continue as PM


DAP wants Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to continue as prime minister (PM).

Party secretary general Lim Guan Eng said the matter would be raised at a Pakatan Harapan (PH) meeting yesterday night.

“DAP intends to propose to the PH presidential council at its emergency meeting tonight to nominate Dr Mahathir to continue as the PM of Malaysia to fulfil and deliver the promises in the PH general election manifesto,” he said after attending an emergency meeting of the DAP central executive committee (CEC) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced earlier yesterday that Dr Mahathir had submitted his letter of resignation as the PM to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday afternoon.

Reading a prepared statement, Lim said he had gone to see Dr Mahathir at his residence yesterday morning and was surprised to be told of the latter’s intention to resign.

“Dr Mahathir clearly stated that he cannot work with Umno when we worked so hard to reject Umno successfully in the 2018 general elections,” Lim said.

DAP, he said, commends Dr Mahathir’s principled position of refusing to work with Umno whose leaders are linked to corrupt practices and misrule, causing Malaysia to be labelled as a “global kleptocracy at its worst”.

“This is the first time that a Malaysian PM is prepared to resign on principle to uphold integrity and combat corruption,” he said.

Lim said DAP condemns what he describes as the treachery of some PH leaders and MPs who attempted to form a back-door government to replace the democratically-elected PH government with a new coalition.

Dr Mahathir was sworn in as the country’s seventh PM on May 10, 2018, after leading PH’s charge to remove what he called a kleptocratic government. — Bernama