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Dr M: I'm bound by manifesto, can't do as I please

  • Jul 17, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he cannot do as he pleases as he is bound by the Pakatan Harapan manifesto."I have to go according to the manifesto set up by the coalition."I am not free to do anything I like because I am bound to carry on what the coalition has decided, and the coalition has decided that we will go back to democracy," he said in an interview with Al-Jazeera.Mahathir was asked if he would revert to the strongman tactics employed during his first tenure as prime mini
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Dr M mocks opposition MPs, encourages them to make more noise

  • Jul 16, 2018
PARLIAMENT | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad appeared tickled when opposition lawmakers from BN and PAS staged a vociferous protest against the appointment of Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as the Dewan Rakyat speaker.The 93-year-old politician, who made a comeback to Parliament this morning more than a decade after stepping down as prime minister, flashed a smile when the pandemonium erupted.At one juncture, Mahathir made a mocking expression and waved his hands at the opposition lawmakers as if enc
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Dr M vents frustration over lack of traction for new national car

  • Jul 16, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has vented his frustrations over the lack of interest in his idea of setting up a second national car brand.He said he had been told that people had enough of Proton that was supposedly deemed a failure and are unwilling to see another national car brand being set up.“We are (supposedly) unqualified and unable to dabble in the automotive industry. Malaysians would rather buy imported cars including those from China. Their choice is Japanese cars, or German ca
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Sometimes can, sometimes can't – manifesto not 'bible': Dr M

  • Jul 16, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad drew a comparison between the ruling coalition's manifesto and the Bible.With regard to the manifesto, he said Pakatan Harapan need not adhere to the letter of the text.Responding to a question at a press conference in Parliament, Mahathir admitted that Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof's appointment as Dewan Rakyat speaker was not in accordance with the manifesto, which stipulated that the speaker should be appointed from among MPs."(Yes), but for certain reasons, we can
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Fifteen years later, the doctor is back in the House

  • Jul 16, 2018
PARLIAMENT | Dr Mahathir Mohamad made history today as the oldest ever Malaysian to be sworn in as an MP at the age of 93.This is the first time he has set foot in the Dewan Rakyat since November 2003. He was then the Kubang Pasu MP when he handed over the premiership to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.Mahathir made his parliamentary debut in 1964 as the Kota Setar Selatan MP as a junior member of the Alliance coalition.After the Alliance was succeeded by BN, Mahathir’s political career continued to flo
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Mahathir confirms Ariff is pick for Dewan Rakyat speaker

  • Jul 15, 2018
Prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today confirmed that former Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof (above) is Pakatan Harapan's candidate for the new Dewan Rakyat speaker.“It is the ex-judge,” he told reporters when asked on the identity for speaker candidate.When pressed if said ex-judge was Mohamad Ariff, Mahathir said "yes".Speaking at the sidelines after meeting with the Sarawak government this morning, the premier said that an official announcement on this will be made soon.&nb
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Dr M takes charge of Home Ministry, Muhyiddin on medical leave

  • Jul 12, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken temporary charge of the Home Ministry as minister Muhyiddin Yassin goes on medical leave.Muhyiddin had undergone surgery to remove a growth on his pancreas and is expected to resume his duties next month."(The growth) was detected in the early stages. Thank God, the surgery was successful and he is in stable condition," Muhyiddin's press secretary Hafiz Abdul Halim said in a statement.Hafiz said that the minister will thus miss the MPs oath-swearing c
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Dr M: I would have died from first heart attack if not for science

  • Jul 11, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who celebrated his 93rd birthday today, is currently the oldest head of government in the world.However, Mahathir said he would have died when he had his first heart attack at the age of 64 were it not for medical advancements."Before there were heart surgeons, I wouldn't last. I would have gone down with the first heart attack."Before, if you open up the chest, you'll die because the lungs will collapse," Mahathir said in an Astro Awani programme that also fe
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Dr M: Birthday wishes from wife, M'sians deeply appreciated

  • Jul 10, 2018
No need for gifts, just Happy Birthday greeting is enough.That is the request of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Malaysians in conjunction with his 93rd birthday today."Message or wish me Happy Birthday. That’s what I really appreciate,” he said in an interview with Radio Bernama this morning.The statesman, who became Malaysia’s seventh prime minister after Pakatan Harapan won the last 14th general election, also joked that he was forgetful and never remembered his own birthday.But h
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Zakir Naik has brief meeting with Mahathir

  • Jul 7, 2018
Controversial preacher at centre of extradition dispute meets prime minister this morning at brief unscheduled meeting.PETALING JAYA: Controversial Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted by Indian authorities, met with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today, sources have confirmed.“I can confirm that Naik went to see Tun (Mahathir) this morning,” said the source.It is unclear as to what Naik discussed with Mahathir in their first meeting since Pakatan Harapan took power in Put
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