Dr M: I should have appointed Mat Sabu as PM

 |Jul 17, 2017
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad jokes he should have backed Mat Sabu for the post of prime minister instead.

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he now regrets having backed the appointment of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as Prime Minister and it was his mistake for not appointing Mat Sabu as Prime Minister then.

“I was wrong, I should have appointed Mat Sabu,” quipped the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman about Amanah president Mohamad Sabu or better known as Mat Sabu, who was once his political rival.

Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman was reported by Sinar Harian as saying that he now feels “cheated” that Najib did not take after his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who is known as the “Father of Development” who initiated and spearheaded Felda.

“What has happened now? The prices of Felda Global Venture (FGV) shares have dropped.

“The Felda settlers were once promised they would be millionaires but now they know it was all a lie,” said Mahathir.

He added that by right Felda should not be incurring losses as “the world knows Malaysia is a country that reaps huge profit from the oil palm industry”.

“It remains to be answered how these people incurred such losses and face mounting debts,” said Mahathir.

In 2009, Najib was appointed Prime Minister, replacing his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Mahathir had stepped down from the Cabinet in 2003 and had appointed Abdullah as his successor but had put the blame on Abdullah for Barisan Nasional’s poor showing in the 2008 General Election.

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