Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that his former ally Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Bersatu had met him recently to ask for a favour.
He said Muhyiddin had sought Pejuang’s support to become the prime minister again despite his party’s poor performance in the last Johor state election, losing all 42 seats it contested in its election debut.
“I don’t know but he asked me (for support). We (Pejuang) are not strong, and we don’t have money, but he still asked us to support him,” Mahathir was quoted saying by Berita Harian.
In addition, Mahathir said Pejuang does not have enough presence in Parliament to support Muhyiddin’s bid to become the prime minister again.
Pejuang currently holds 4 seats out of the total 222 parliamentary seats namely Langkawi, Jerlun, Kubang Pasu and Sri Gading.
However, Dr Mahathir said it remains unlikely for him to have any form of collaboration with Muhyiddin and Bersatu, a party they formed together in 2017.
“I don’t know what to tell Muhyiddin. I am no longer the prime minister, because of Muhyiddin. He backstabbed me, and that is why I am not the prime minister anymore.”
“But now he is asking for help from the people he has backstabbed, and since I’m not dead, he has come again to ask for help,” he said.
In the meantime, Mahathir explained that many people were not happy with Muhyiddin’s leadership when he was the prime minister.
“He was not a good prime minister. If he had achieved some great things for Malaysia, I’m sure he can become prime minister again even without our support,” he said, according to Malay Mail.
He also said that Pejuang will not support someone who has already failed as much as Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the prime minister.
He added that Pejuang will only work with parties who are committed to fighting corruption.