KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 19, 2018: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has not decided if National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy should resign for his alleged failure to contain inter-racial tensions during the riots at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ 25 a few weeks ago.
In response to calls that the minister should resign, Mahathir simply remarked that people are free to express their opinions.
“(But) it is up to me to decide… I haven’t decided yet,” he said after speaking at the Malaysian Institute of Management Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Leadership Series here tonight.
When asked if he was happy with Waytha Moorthy’s performance, Mahathir said: “I feel okay.”
The press reported today that the Youth wing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia had delivered a memorandum to Mahathir, who is party chairman, asking for Waytha Moorthy to be removed.
On defectors from Umno, Mahathir gave an assurance that they will not be taking over Pribumi Bersatu.
In his address, Mahathir said the Pakatan Harapan government will redouble efforts to deliver its promises.
“It’s extremely important for a government to be trusted by the people and for it to deliver on its promises.
“When there is failure to earn the trust of the people, even the strongest government will fall. And the present government is very aware of this. Of course promises in the (election) manifesto were made before we came into power,” he said. — Bernama