By Abdul Karim Rozilan
KEDAH Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir today took a swipe at Opposition leaders for withdrawing their support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Jerlun MP said their true colours were revealed despite initially backing Dr Mahathir, he was quoted in The Star.
He said Barisan Nasional, PAS and PBRS had earlier signed a statutory declaration with no conditions attached.
“However, when the matter came to head, they demanded that their votes be taken en bloc, forcing Dr Mahathir to abandon PH.
“Now they say they don’t want the DAP. They claim its in the people’s interest, but in actual fact, it is to save Datuk Seri Najid Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from corruption.
“The people are not stupid,” he said.
According to reports in The Star, Mukhriz was commenting on statements made by BN, PAS and PBRS leaders after their meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa had said the parties had initially agreed to form a coalition government headed by Dr Mahathir – on condition that DAP would not be part of it.
He said that they had retracted their statutory declaration in support for Dr Mahathir, adding that they also rejected the latter’s proposal for a unity government.
Annuar, who is Ketereh MP, said Umno, PAS, MCA, MIC and PBRS had unanimously agreed that a dissolution of Parliament was the only way forward.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are facing a slew of corruption charges in relation to their tenure in the previous government.
Mukhriz further said that as much as they wanted to join Dr Mahathir to form a government, BN leaders have yet to state that they will not be supporting corrupt leaders.
“To date, we have not heard from Umno and Barisan that if they were to form a government (with Bersatu), the trials involving their former president Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and present president Ahmad Zahid will continue without interference, and that any verdict will be accepted by them,” said Mukhriz.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir tendered in his resignation as Prime Minister and was accepted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
However, the King has consented for Dr Mahathir to continue running the country as interim Prime Minister until a new premier has been appointed and a new Cabinet formed.
The King is currently in the midst of interviewing all MPs to determine who commands the majority of support in Parliament.