SHAH ALAM — Oct. 22, 2018: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that being the prime minister in today’s political scenario is more difficult and challenging as he is no longer leading a dominant party, pointing out that the situation is very different from the time when he held the job for the first time for 22 years from 1981.
“Back then I was leading a dominant party with the biggest voice…. what we proposed will definitely get support.
“Now we have four parties in Pakatan Harapan, with each having its own ideology. So if I want to make a decision, I have to convince all the parties,” he said at the “Bicara Minda Bersama Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad” talk moderated by journalist Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar at Dewan Karangkraf today.
Furthermore, Mahathir said he has to adjust his mindset to be compatible with the ideas of socialism and liberalism prevalent with Pakatan’s leaders.
“Some ideas have a semblance of socialism, some of liberalism and I have to translate some things in a way that it can best suit both ideas,” Bernama reported Mahathir as saying.
Mahathir said that when he first became PM in 1981, the government and administration of the country were in order and he just had to make decisions and the government machinery would do the work.
According to Mahathir, the government will send cabinet ministers to attend courses to improve their performance.
“It is something to improve their performance and capability… by attending courses to be held at Intan (National Institute of Public Administration),” he said.
Mahathir also said the current government needs the opposition in the Parliament to ensure check and balance.
“The opposition is important. If we don’t have opposition, it will be like looking in the mirror; we may look beautiful in our eyes but others may not think so.”