Malaysia’s two-time prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that he will be participating in the upcoming general election to defend his Langkawi parliamentary seat despite being at the age of 97 years.
However, he said that he will not contend for the prime minister position unless his party and the new coalition GTA turn out victorious in GE15.
“Pejuang have decided that the candidate for the Langkawi seat will be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but he isn’t the a candidate for prime minister,” the Pejuang chairman said in a press conference at a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya.
Dr Mahathir then said that UMNO would be campaigning with money and bribes. As a reminder, he urges people not to accept bribes from “bad people” as UMNO does not care about the current issues the people are facing and is only focused on winning the election.
“Our candidates for elections will be clean and clear of any scandals, misdeeds, or crimes such as stealing money. They are also morally very correct and stick to the rule of law. They would also respect the system of democracy in the country,” he said.
Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister
Mahathir was first elected as the prime minister in July 1981 and remained in power until October 2003. He was later made the prime minister again from May 2019 to March 2020 under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.
With this, Mahathir has a cumulative total of 24 years being the prime minister, making him the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
Mahathir later fell out of the Pakatan Harapan coalition and established two new political parties, the first ‘Pejuang’ and the most recent one ‘Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA)’ coalition.
In the press conference, Mahathir said GTA has yet to obtain approval from the government’s registry of societies.
“Because of this, GTA will not be able to contest as GTA. The coalition decided to contest as Pejuang, under the party’s symbol and banner,” he said.
Watch the press conference here: