KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that if given the chance, he will try to establish a non-partisan national administration, with priority accorded to national interests.
“I feel, rightly or wrongly, that politics and political parties have to be set aside for the time being.
“Only national interests will be accorded priority,” the interim prime minister said in a special address to the nation carried live over television.
Politics, politicians and political parties place too much emphasis on politics to the extent of forgetting the economic and health problems that threaten the nation, Dr Mahathir said, breaking his silence since last Friday when he spoke at a press conference after having chaired the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council meeting.
He resigned as the prime minister at 1 pm last Monday and at about 7.30 pm was appointed as the interim prime minister.
On his new approach to having a non-partisan national administration, Dr Mahathir said: “If given the chance, this is what I will try to do. I pray and seek the blessings and guidance of Allah (God) in this endeavour.”