Mahathir admits to cold-shoulder treatment from Ibrahim Ali

Ibrahim AliPUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today noted the cold-shoulder treatment he has been receiving from Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali, saying that this was probably because of the differences in their struggles.

“He wants us to only champion the Malay cause, but in this country we need to champion the causes of the other races as well,” Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister told reporters after announcing the lineup of his new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

Mahathir, who is PPBM chairman, said Ibrahim was merely a leader of an NGO and not a political party.

The former prime minister, who is also the Perkasa patron, was asked to comment on an observation made by Astro Awani that Ibrahim lately had been distancing himself from him.

Ibrahim had last month urged the people to refrain from linking Perkasa to PPBM.

On a separate matter, Mahathir said that both candidates for the United States’ presidential election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were “equally bad”, but added he would root for Clinton to be elected the 45th president as Malaysians were more familiar with her.

“But that is the US, a country that is ruling the world which does not know how to choose good leaders,” he quipped when asked to give his thoughts on the US presidential election.

Americans will go to the polls on Nov 8.