Dr Mahathir: I’m not backing anyone for PM job, Pejuang remains independent

In a special Twitter message, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dispelled rumours of him backing anyone as prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today denied speculations that he is supporting a candidate for the top job.

In a 1-minute video posted on his Twitter @chedetofficial, Tun Dr Mahathir said that he and his party, PEJUANG, remains independent and not linked anyone who wishes to be Prime Minister.

In a short one-minute video, the former prime minister also insisted that his new Parti Pejuang Tanah Air remains independent of any individual or his party.

“I hope there will be no more attempt to paint me as being supportive of this person.”

Meanwhile, Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah made an appearance at Istana Negara here this afternoon, just hours after opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Ku Li, who is Gua Musang MP, was seen leaving the palace at 2.42pm in a black Mercedes Benz and did not stop to speak to the press.

At the Kuala Lumpur court complex, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was asked after his ongoing corruption trial, Zahid claimed to have no knowledge of such a meeting this afternoon involving Tengku Razaleigh, apart from news reports.

“I don’t know, I received news from the media,” he said briefly to reporters.

When asked if Tengku Razaleigh had informed him that he would be meeting with the Agong, Zahid replied: “Don’t have, I got to know about it from the media.”

Pressed on whether Tengku Razaleigh was representing Umno or meeting the Agong in his individual capacity, Zahid appeared to sidestep the question by saying: “He did not inform me, how do I know, I only knew it from the media.”


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