PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will no longer be accompanied by police outriders.
Dr Mahathir is normally accompanied by two police outriders.
The withdrawal of outriders was confirmed by one of Mahathir’s aides. who said police will no longer provide the two outriders, effective yesterday.
“However, I have no direct knowledge as to why the outrider service was withdrawn,” the aide told FMT.
Earlier today, veteran newsman Kadir Jasin wrote in his blog that the service of the police outriders had been withdrawn.
He said Mahathir, however, will still have his aide-de-camp and the services of the special elite police team.
Malaysia’s longest serving premier was accorded these privileges after he stepped down as the country’s number one in 2003 after being at the helm of the government for 22 years.
Mahathir, who has emerged as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s fiercest critic, was sacked as Petronas adviser last month.
This came after he had launched the Citizens’ Declaration with Opposition leaders, calling for Najib’s resignation.