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Mukhriz going his own way now, I’ve no right to stop him becoming DPM candidate: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR — Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (June 29) sought to dispel allegations that he was plotting to ensure his son, Mr Mukhriz Mahathir Mohamad, eventually becomes prime minister after the latter was named as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) second deputy prime minister candidate.

Mukhriz going his own way now, I’ve no right to stop him becoming DPM candidate: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR — Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (June 29) sought to dispel allegations that he was plotting to ensure his son, Mr Mukhriz Mahathir Mohamad, eventually becomes prime minister after the latter was named as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) second deputy prime minister candidate.

Responding to criticism of the proposed leadership of a new PH government, Dr Mahathir said he has no right to object Mr Mukhriz’s name for his own personal interest when the latter was recommended for certain positions.

He also said the suggestion did not come from him, citing a joint statement dated June 22 issued by Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as having already mentioned Mr Mukhriz’s appointment as DPM 2.

“I am filled with dilemma. I had forbidden my son to involve himself in politics, particularly as a member of the ruling party, when I was prime minister for the first time. I do not want to be accused of practicing nepotism and giving preferential treatment to my family.

“But when I was no longer the prime minister, the responsibility of upholding my name should not be shouldered by my children. They are free to be involved in politics. Whether they are successful or not politically, it depends on themselves,” he said in his latest blog post.

He had earlier acknowledged criticism levelled against him when he named Mr Mukhriz as DPM 2.

“Whether my explanation is believable or not, it is up to everyone. Of course those that antagonise with me will be disagreeable. This I accept because it is after all human nature,” he said.

On June 27, Dr Mahathir confirmed endorsing Mr Shafie Apdal as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.

He also said that the next PH Plus government would have two deputy prime ministers and nominated PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as candidate for DPM 1 and Mr Mukhriz as candidate for DPM 2. MALAY MAIL

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