lørdag 14. mars 2020

At 94, Mahathir still punching in Malaysia's political fray

Having lost leadership of Malaysia to an ally he says “double-crossed” him, 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad insists he feels duty-bound to remain a player in the Southeast Asian nation’s political scene.Malaysia was plunged into turmoil when Mahathir quit as prime minister on Feb. 24, as his multi-ethnic coalition broke apart, to be replaced by an alliance of conservative ethnic Malay parties led by his erstwhile lieutenant Muhyiddin Yassin.

“I want to retire. But even now, they keep on saying, ‘are you going to come back? Are you going to help us?’” Mahathir said in an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur. “I will be very selfish if I say I want to enjoy life and all that. To me, this is a duty.”