By John Isaac
FORMER prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must support his successors instead of continuing to interfere with the current administration.
Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said Tun M should take cues from fifth prime minister Tun Abdullah Badawi who did not cling to authority after stepping down as premier.
“His (Dr Mahathir) lust for power continues unabated. In his obsession to save his legacy and dynasty, he has become more flagrantly dismissive of facts and starting to make unfounded and contradictory statements that contain unfathomable theories.
“It is plain that Dr Mahathir’s moves were only to satisfy his own lust for power and his desire to ensure that this is passed on to his family members,” he said in a statement reported by New Sarawak Tribune.
Tiong was responding to the former prime minister’s call for current premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign from his position.
“This will only further erode confidence in the government and sow divisions among the current coalition’s component parties. This clearly puts on display Mahathir’s vicious mentality of ‘if I cannot have it, no one can’,” he said.
The Bintulu MP said the best thing for the Langkawi MP to do is to keep silent while the country is embroiled in the pandemic, floods in the southern states, and people’s livelihood teetering on collapse.
“With him being a highly respected elder statesman, why couldn’t he use his experience to assist them after his retirement? Again, it is because of power and the drive to hold on to it.
“No one can deny that Dr Mahathir possesses many years of experience which can help him with quick decision making and making judgement calls. But other prime ministers must be allowed the time and space,” he said.
Tiong said it is time for Dr Mahathir to let go of his obsession with the top post if he still cares for the country and its people.
“He should work hand in hand with all to restore the confidence of the international community, and urge all to let go of their ambitions and desires for now.
“We can do more to put our economy and growth back on track and prevent more damage,” he said.