Dr Mahathir refutes Azmin’s allegation on Sheraton Move

If anyone were to benefit from the establishment of PN and quitting PH, it would definitely be Azmin, says the former PM

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by TMR FILE

FORMER Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) said he did not plan the Sheraton Move which led to the fall of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration in February, as alleged by former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Azmin, who is now the senior minister in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, claimed that PN was born out of the idea to reunite the Malays by Dr Mahathir.

In response, Dr Mahathir pointed out that it makes no sense for him to reject the cooperation in PN and remain as the PM, if it was he who initiated the plan.

“I have been told about Azmin’s accusation that I was the one planning the establishment of PN. I have repeatedly explained that this is not true at all because PN is made up of kleptocrats and is backed by Umno en-bloc.

“If I plan it, why should I reject it Dr Mahathir further said the plan to establish PN and leave PH actually came from Azmin and the current PM, Tan Sri Muhyiddin when it becomes a reality, and if I accept it, I will definitely remain the PM as acknowledged by Yassin. Azmin himself,” he said.

“Secondly, if anyone were to benefit from the establishment of PN and quitting PH, it would definitely be Azmin and also Muhyiddin,” he said, adding that when all the political move was made, Azmin’s position in PKR and PH was fragile.

According to Dr Mahathir, since the PKR party election in November 2018, Azmin felt unsafe after PKR founder and president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters tried to bring him down.

He said after Anwar’s attempt to make Rafizi Ramli his deputy president failed, a sex video allegedly linked to Azmin was leaked.

Dr Mahathir also claimed that Azmin needed the Sheraton Move to stop Anwar from becoming PM.

He added that Azmin also aspires to be the future PM as evident in the PN government where he is now the de facto deputy PM.

“I am sure Azmin has made plans to form the PN government and the Sheraton move for quite some time because I believe it is not easy for him to convince nine PKR MPs to follow his suit,” added Dr Mahathir.

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