AYER HITAM: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (March 3) urged voters in Johor to reject the previous government and prevent him from being re-elected if they wanted change.
Chairman of the Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) Party was campaigning in the southern state against the advice of his doctors after being fired from the National Heart Institute (IJN) last month.
Speaking at a press conference at a Felda settlement in Ayer Hitam, he said, “For quite some time now, we have seen crooks and thieves becoming leaders of government parties in Malaysia, including at the central level. In many states, thieves are elected.
Dr Mahathir, who turns 97 in July, said he traveled to Johor because he was concerned about state polls.
“It is important that the people of Johor reject the previous government. The government which resigned recently failed in its administration of Johor.
“So we have to change the government. Pejuang offers itself. It’s a clean party and we have people who are experienced in the administration and well known for their abilities. That’s why I’m here,” he said. declared.
During the 2018 general election, Dr. Mahathir, then part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, campaigned on the basis of an anti-graft platform. PH succeeded in claiming federal power but the coalition fell apart after 22 months.
Pejuang will contest 42 of 56 seats in the Johor state elections on March 12.
Who would be Pejuang’s chief minister candidate, Dr Mahathir said would depend on the outcome of the election.
“If we give a name and they lose, they cannot become chief minister. We have several candidates who are capable of becoming chief minister,” he said, adding that the party’s victory was more important than for any individual.
He claimed that many people, including non-Malays, knew the party and supported it. He added that Pejuang was aiming to win enough seats to form a government.