Anwar’s time has come and passed says Mukhriz

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Kuala Lumpur, January 3 — Pejuang President Mukhriz Mahathir said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has outlived his time, in a sign that the newly registered political party, which he co-founded with his father Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to work with the PKR chief.

“I think his time has passed. That’s my feeling, and a lot of people have been saying that in fact within Pakatan Harapan (PH) itself,” Mukhriz told radio station BFM in an interview.

Mukhriz, the former Kedah Menteri Besar whose party was registered last July, also announced plans to field candidates in 120 parliamentary seats at the next general election, adding that he expects clashes in seats with PH.

He said while most of the seats would be “rural Malay” constituencies, there would also be semi-urban seats which would see his party going head-to-head with PH.

Mukhriz said that Pejuang realized that the 52 seats contested by their former party Bersatu during the last general election were not enough to dislodge Umno.

Mukhriz

He said Pejuang, in wanting to remain independent, had opted to stay out of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that PH signed with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob last September despite being issued an invitation to join.

“We felt that if there was any form of reward from the government, it might diminish our ability to be critical of the government when it needs to be criticized,” he said.

Pejuang was formed by Mahathir and a handful of other MPs after their sacking from Bersatu in May 2020, months after the collapse of the PH government, triggered by Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin’s decision to take his party out of the PH coalition.

Becoming the prime minister

Mukhriz disagreed that the problems faced by the country today originate from policies introduced by his father during his rule for more than two decades.

“I won’t call them mistakes. The way I see it, he had a vision of how things should be done. When there were no other counter-arguments to show there were other ideas better than his, then he kept his own.”

He said being the son of Mahathir had its advantages, but that much would depend on his own ability.

“It definitely opens doors but after that, you have to do things on your own. People have pretty high expectations because of that name,” he said, although quickly rejecting a suggestion that he would become “Mahathir 2.0”.

“Of course, we are guided by his ideas and way of thinking, which I think has no-fault.”

Mukhriz meanwhile laughed off a suggestion that he was eyeing the prime minister’s post, saying he had never held such ambitions.

But he said he would not discount an opportunity of this nature.

“I must be ready for any possibility. I won’t discount that, but this is subject to all kinds of things.”

Mukhriz also said the path to becoming prime minister was “not easy as all kinds of things have to fall in place.”

“I don’t think the present prime minister expected to be the prime minister himself.”

NMT

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