Dr M on PPBM in Sarawak, the Mandarin incident and Vincent Tan

PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad says his party will make its debut in Sarawak.

PETALING JAYA: PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said his party would set up base in Sarawak.

The prime minister said the decision was taken due to requests for the party to open branches in the East Malaysian state.

“We plan to set up in Sarawak since the other Pakatan Harapan components are there. We think it is proper for us to go there.

“There are demands for us to open (branches and divisions) there,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with top PPBM leaders at its office here.

Mahathir also answered questions from the media on several issues.

On meeting with China’s Geely Group:
I told them that Proton maybe managed by Geely, but I want Malaysia to play a role in supplying components, otherwise they will bring the components from other countries.

On controversy sparked by Lim Guan Eng insisting on using Mandarin in official statements:
He made a mistake. It’s a minor one that I do not wish to make an issue of. It was an accident. Sometimes people make a mistake.

On finalising the full Cabinet line-up:
We will have the swearing-in ceremony soon. The names have been finalised.

On former Umno politicians Ismail Kassim and Noor Azmi Ghazali joining PPBM:
We haven’t decided on the matter yet. When it comes to former Umno leaders, we will be selective.

On reports of tycoon Vincent Tan becoming a substantial shareholder of T7 Global Bhd and its links to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.
I don’t know he was a shareholder… I don’t know about that. I can’t comment.

On status of ECRL:
The construction cost is too high as it was negotiated by the previous government and the terms were not good. We need to renegotiate. If there are favourable terms, we will go ahead.

On his comments hinting at reviewing Malaysia’s water agreement with Singapore:
It was not discussed in Cabinet. It only came up because a reporter asked me about it.