KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied admitting that he made a mistake by not allowing former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to succeed him.
The UK Guardian yesterday published an article in which it said, “Mahathir now accepts he made a mistake by not allowing Anwar to ‘succeed him’, and that he held on to power for too long.”
“I didn’t say anything about that. A lot of people quoted me or spoke about me, which is not right,” Mahathir told reporters on the sidelines of a book launch he attended at Nu Sentral, here today.
The article, in which Mahathir was interviewed during his recent trip to London also quoted the former Premier as saying that he can have no objection to Anwar participating in politics and becoming PM, should he be given a royal pardon by the King for his current incarceration.
On this, Mahathir told reporters that Anwar could not be the next Prime Minister of the country particularly because he would still be in prison during the next general election.
“He will be there (in prison) until the seventh prime minister works to release him. So there has to be an interim prime minister (first).”
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term for sodomy. – MO