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PM: Dr M's U-turn due to forex probe

08 Juillet 2017

Malaysia's political landscape has been shaped for almost two decades by a bitter feud between Anwar and Mahathir.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's backing for his once bitter foe Anwar Ibrahim is motivated by his desire to escape criminal prosecution, said Prime Minister Najib Razak in an official statement on Friday night (Jul 7).

The prime minister said Dr Mahathir knew that the RCI findings could lead to criminal prosecution and he could not afford to have individuals highly relevant to the case such as Anwar testifying against him.

Najib pointed out that as Dr Mahathir knew well, Anwar could not legally contest, so this U-turn was not about the coming general election.

Najib said Dr Mahathir's crusade against the Barisan Nasional-led government was exclusively motivated by his obsession in saving his family legacy and to eventually install his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz as the next PM.

Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, was yesterday reported by The Guardian as saying that Anwar should be released from jail and allowed to contest in parliamentary elections.

"He has no principles and will do anything", he said.

He said Anwar was the "victim of a political vendetta" and had been "unfairly treated". "The decision of the court was obviously influenced by the government and I think the incoming government would be able to persuade the king to give a full pardon for Anwar", Mahathir told the Guardian.

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After being sacked from the government, Anwar was jailed for the first time after he was convicted of sodomy and corruption.

"Because with only one parliamentary seat, the chairman of Pribumi can not decide who becomes prime minister".

He was convicted and jailed in 2013, when Najib was prime minister, for another sodomy charge, which he and his supporters described as a politically motivated attempt to end his career. A royal pardon, however, would let him contest.

Dr Mahathir had, up to the interview, refused to endorse Anwar for the position, and instead dropped hints that he would be prepared to return to the position he had held for 22 years if "friends" in the Opposition pact saw fit to ask.

Commenting on Dr Mahathir's allegation from an interview with British media this week, the communications and multimedia minister said the onus was now on the former prime minister to substantiate the allegation.

He added that Mahathir, as PPBM chairman, had only one parliamentary seat and could not decide who becomes prime minister.

Last month, Anwar said he would not be a candidate for prime minister in the upcoming elections.

PM: Dr M's U-turn due to forex probe