Do you support me or not, Dr M questions PAS ‘flip-flop’

Dr Mahathir Mohamad insists that PAS leaders told him the party would not take part in the Semenyih by-election campaign.

LANGKAWI: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned PAS for changing its stance on whether or not the party wants him to stay on as prime minister.

He said several PAS leaders had met him and stated their support for him, but the party’s actions did not reflect this.

“Abdul Hadi Awang, Takiyuddin Hassan and Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar came to see me and expressed their support for me to continue as prime minister.

“In fact, they gave their admission in writing signed by Takiyuddin at least. Their aspiration was for me to continue as prime minister,” the prime minister told reporters during a programme at his service centre here.

He was asked to comment on a statement by PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Hadi, who said PAS and Umno would set up a committee to avoid a collision of the two parties in future elections.

Mahathir said PAS and Umno leaders appeared together on nomination day for the Semenyih by-election even after PAS expressed support for him and told him it would not be involved in the campaign.

“PAS also did not put up a candidate for the by-election which means they gave way to Umno and it is clear that today they are cooperating with Umno.

“So I find it hard to accept what was claimed by PAS. One time they said support, another time they made it like they did not support. So this is the way of PAS,” he said.

Hadi, the PAS president, alongside secretary-general Takiyuddin and Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri, recently met Mahathir in Kuala Lumpur.

It was reported that they pledged to support Mahathir if there was any attempt by Pakatan Harapan component parties to oust him.