PETALING JAYA: Former Umno strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad made his first appearance at an opposition election campaign today, endorsing the Amanah candidate for supporting a campaign to oust Najib Razak as prime minister.
He was the centre of attention in the fishing and farming town of Sekinchan, Selangor, when he turned up for a DAP-sponsored public forum about 1MDB and a RM2.6 billion donation in Najib’s personal accounts.
Dr Mahathir declared support for Parti Amanah Negara candidate Azhar Abdul Shukur, who is contesting the Sungai Besar by-election, after Azhar signed the Citizens’ Declaration calling for Najib’s resignation.
Dr Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until 2003, resigned from Umno in April after a year-long campaign of criticism against Najib.
He said last week that he would not show support for any party but only for those who supported the declaration, which calls for Najib to resign.
“I am now no longer a member of any party. Not Umno and not any other party. I am here as a concerned citizen. That is why I am here (in Sekinchan). To support an Amanah member who signed the Citizens’ Declaration to remove Najib,” said Mahathir in his speech at the forum.
Dr Mahathir, accompanied by his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, was joined by other Pakatan Harapan figures such as DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib.
Dr Mahathir acknowledged that he felt awkward in sharing the stage with his “former enemies” including Lim. “But now I am not a member of any party, not Umno, not any opposition parties. I am here as a concerned citizen who feels responsible for what’s happening in the country.” – FMT