KUALA LUMPUR — May 11, 2020: Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has spoken up more on his resignation as chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in February, pointing out that the party had rejected him and had gone against his advice.
Primarily, he was against the decision for Pribumi Bersatu to desert the then ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition since Pakatan had supported his party in the 14th general elections in May 2018.
Mahathir took the decision by Pribumi Bersatu to mean that it had lost faith in him.
He posted a video at Facebook today in response to a recent remark by Pribumi Bersatu information chief Mohd. Radzi Md. Jidin that Mahathir knew and supported the decision by the party to leave Pakatan.
According to Mahathir, a meeting on February 21 by Pakatan had given him full discretion on when to step down as prime minister.
“I told (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) there is no reason to leave Pakatan Harapan as I have their full support.
“We should wait and see if there are any reasons to leave but he was of the opinion that we had to leave Pakatan on that day because the Malays would be destroyed by DAP.
“I didn’t think DAP could easily destroy the Malays. That is why I told him to wait, to give it a bit of time, ” recounted Mahathir, who announced his resignation as PM and Pribumi Bersatu chairman on Feb. 24.
According to Mahathir, he told Muhyiddin to think properly about leaving Pakatan, as it was with their support that their party had won the election.
Mahathir said he felt it improper for his party to leave Pakatan and instead work with parties that lost the elections, parties that were involved in corruption and stealing money.