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Dr Mahathir’s stand inconsistent, says DPM

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks at the opening of the ‘Multaqa Permuafakatan’ programme in Bagan Datuk today. — Foto BernamaDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks at the opening of the ‘Multaqa Permuafakatan’ programme in Bagan Datuk today. — Foto BernamaBAGAN DATUK, Jan 13 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is an inconsistent person for saying he declined to become the prime minister if the Pakatan Harapan wins in the coming 14th General Elections (GE14), said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said Dr Mahathir claimed he was forced to become prime minister only after getting comments from some quarters after the Pakatan Harapan named him as prime minister.

“He (Dr M) consistently and inconsistently. When the Pakatan Harapan announced he would be the prime minister and received comments on the contrary to his nomination, he said he was being forced to do so.

“I don’t want to interfere with other people’s party,” he told reporters after opening the ‘Multaqa Permuafakatan’ programme participated by mosques officers and religious teachers of Bagan Datuk district here today.

Speaking in Johor Baru recently, Dr Mahathir reiterated he was not keen to prime minister but was asked to hold the post if the opposition wins the GE14.

Dr Mahathir claimed he wanted to rest but was unable to do so until today since handing over his post to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Last Sunday, Pakatan Harapan named Dr Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, as the prime minister if the opposition pact wins in GE14 with Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his deputy. — Bernama

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