April 24, 2016
UMNO’s system for choosing leaders must change: Dr Mahathir
Former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks to Channel NewsAsia about his citizens’ movement against current Prime Minister Najib Razak and his track record of picking leaders for the country.
Progress made by a citizens’ movement against the Najib Razak administration is “quite good”, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad told Channel NewsAsia. Dr Mahathir, who has been granting interviews to international media as he seeks to ramp up his campaign against the government, said the RM2.6 billion (US$681 million) deposited in Mr Najib’s private accounts was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, even though the Prime Minister has been cleared of wrongdoing.
Dr Mahathir also spoke candidly when asked if he misjudged the people that he chose to back as successors.
Melissa Goh: Let’s talk about the citizen’ movement now. It’s been more than a month since you led a group made up of opposition leaders, mostly former cabinet ministers as well as civil right activists, and launched the citizens’ declaration. How would you rate the progress so far? Would you say that you have the support of the people?
Melissa Goh: Many commentators elsewhere said what is happening in Malaysia now is a “natural” progression of your policies that you put in place when you were Prime Minister of Malaysia. What do you have to say about that?
Dr Mahathir:Were there any protest like you see now? People protesting to have me removed? They didn’t. In the end I removed myself””: Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad touches on whether the situation in Malaysia is due to his own policies. http://bit.ly/1VJ2zFJ
Melissa Goh: You haven’t had much luck with your previous picks of prime ministers. Was it a case of misjudgement?
Melissa Goh: You resigned as Proton chairman and a week after that, the Malaysian government approved a bailout to help the company pay its debts. Was your departure a condition for the bailout approval?