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Mahathir doubts Anwar’s capability to lead the country during challenging times

NewsMahathir doubts Anwar's capability to lead the country during challenging times

Despite 24 years having passed since former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sacked Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as deputy premier, Mahathir remains doubtful over Anwar’s ability to lead the country through the economic recession and post-pandemic recovery challenges.

In an interview with Berita Harian, Mahathir said he fears that Anwar would not be able to come up with strategies and methods to address the various crises the nation faces, especially when he appeared to preoccupied with maintaining support in the Dewan Rakyat.

Mahathir then pointed out that Anwar’s performance as a leader was questionable even while he served as Deputy Prime Minister in the 1990s, as he failed to deal with many issues the country is facing, including the 1997/1998 Asian Financial Crisis.

In addition, Mahathir said Anwar, who was also the Finance Minister then, failed to formulate a solution to the financial crisis and favoured following the opinion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, which risked causing Malaysia to go bankrupt as a result.

Source: Berita Harian

“When I became Prime Minister for the first time, I went on leave for two months. Anwar as the Deputy Prime Minister was then given the responsibility of acting Prime Minister while I was on leave, but it seemed that he could not deal with the issues.”

“His approach was to follow the opinions of the IMF and the World Bank to devalue the ringgit. On contrary, I was of the view that following the IMF and the World Bank will result in our country becoming bankrupt and we would not be able to implement our economic policy.”

“But Anwar had no other suggestions but to follow the IMF and the World Bank, which was why I had to take over Finance Ministry portfolio. I was looking for a way to save the country,” he said.

Source: The Borneo Post

Mahathir speaks from his experience

Mahathir said this when he was asked his opinion on whether Anwar can lead the country through the economic recession that was forecasted to hit next year.

“Based on my past experiences when Anwar was in office, I fear for the future. There are many problems facing the country at the moment, such as the effects of the pandemic, the economy has deteriorated badly, and the political situation is unstable,” Mahathir said.

Mahathir was also asked if it was true that various parties believed that he did not want Anwar to become Prime Minister, to which he answered that it is up to the people and party who choose him.

“But I’m worried about his leadership abilities, whether he can lead Malaysia when we are facing many problems,” he said.

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