Mahathir Forming Another Party?

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has now indicated he may form another new party amid talks of a snap general election.

The Langkawi MP was asked by Investvine, a business news portal from Hong Kong, about his preparations for GE15, which is speculated may be called before the current mandate expires in 2023.

Such speculation stems from the thin parliamentary majority of the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) government under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Dr Mahathir who just turned 95 four days ago said he would be working on the “sidelines, perhaps helping others from my own parties to contest”.

“Hopefully we might be able to gain some seats, but my own party is now split into two,” the Malay Mail quoted him as saying to the portal.

“Hopefully we might be able to gain some seats, but my own party is now split into two.

“So we are faced with the possibility of having to contest under a different name, maybe a new party. So the position at this moment is very uncertain.”

Dr Mahathir had co-founded Bersatu prior to GE14 but was  shown the door, along with several MPs, by party president Muhyiddin.

He and the group of MPs have lately parted ways with the opposition Pakatan Harapan to be an independent bloc together with Parti Warisan Sabah.