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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Feb 24: Democratic Action Party (DAP) is re-nominating Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had earlier resigned today to continue to be the prime minister.
Apart from that, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng also took the opportunity to condemn the treachery of certain Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders and MPs who had attempted to form a back-door government.
Lim noted that these treacherous leaders had wanted to replace the existing democratically-elected PH government with a new coalition called Perikatan Nasional comprising United Malays National Organisation (Umno), Parti Se-Islam Malaysia (Pas), Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA), Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and certain Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leaders with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) renegades led by its former deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
He believed such political manipulation has affected the government’s efforts to address economic and livelihood of Malaysian businesses and the ordinary people.
“In objecting to this nefarious attempt to subvert and undermine the people’s mandate given to PH, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had submitted his resignation as Prime Minister and PPBM chairman.
“I had seen Tun this morning in his residence and was surprised when he informed me of his intention to resign,” said Lim in a press conference at DAP’s headquarters in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur after the party’s central executive committee meeting.
He confirmed that Dr Mahathir had quit because the latter could not work together with Umno.
“Tun Dr Mahathir clearly stated that he cannot work with Umno when we worked so hard to reject Umno successfully in the 2018 general election,” said Lim.
Lim who is Bagan MP said Dr Mahathir’s resignation was the first where a Malaysian Prime Minister was prepared to resign on principle to uphold integrity and combat corruption.
He said DAP intended to propose Dr Mahathir at the PH presidential council’s emergency meeting tonight to continue as the prime minister so as to fulfil and deliver the promises in the PH general election manifesto.
On another development, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had an audience with the Yang-di-Pertuan Agong.
In an interview with CNA’s news reporter, Anwar said he met the King to seek the latter’s advice.
Anwar also described the meeting with the King as “important” as “it is part of the process”.
When asked by the reporter whether he will still the eight prime minister in waiting, Anwar jokingly replied – “We shall see”. — DayakDaily