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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Mahathir admits defeat in Langkawi, but warns of rising extremism and corrupted leaders

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had failed to defend his parliament seat in Langkawi, official election results announced on Sunday (20 November) showed. This is also his first electoral defeat in 53 years. 

While accepting his fate, Dr Mahathir also expressed worry over the rising extremism in politics and a continued apathy towards leaders who are allegedly corrupt.

He said that although people have the right to decide who they want, among them were those who would abuse religion to gain political support or those who preferred to indulge in corruption to help them win.

“But what can we do if the voters do not listen? It is their right and if they do not want me, I will accept it,” Dr Mahathir said, reported The Vibes.

He added that the sentiment appears to indicate that a sizeable amount of voters are willing to live with extremism while showing apathy to corrupted leaders.

When asked if he would return to help Langkawi, he said that he finds it difficult to help the islanders as it appeared that they have rejected him. “What can I do anymore? The people have rejected me,” he said.

Source: Malay Mail

Muhyiddin is suspicious

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir also called on the Election Commission and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe the PN coalition under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for its ability to spend lavishly in this election.

“We are suspicious of PN when one is able to spend more than one earns. When someone spends more than what they own, the anti-corruption authorities have grounds to investigate. MACC needs to probe this,” said Dr Mahathir.

He said this based on his observation that everywhere he goes, he saw mostly PN flags and banners.

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