KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he would try to establish a non-partisan national administration, with priority accorded to national interests.

“… Politics and political parties have to be set aside for the time being. If given the chance, I would try to establish a non-partisan national administration.

“Only national interests would be accorded priority,” the interim prime minister said in a special address to the nation carried live over television.

In his address, Dr Mahathir also outlined the reasons he resigned as the prime minister on Monday.

He said one was that he was loathe to having UMNO in the coalition government that would have been set up.

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“I am prepared to accept UMNO members who have left the party to join another. But UMNO would have joined this coalition government as a party. I cannot accept that. So, I had to resign,” said Dr Mahathir.

Politics, politicians and political parties place too much emphasis on politics to the extent of forgetting the economic and health problems that threaten the nation, Dr Mahathir said.

Meanwhile, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today continued his interview of Members of Parliament (MPs) to assess the latest political situation in the country.

Al-Sultan Abdullah had met 90 MPs at Istana Negara yesterday and interviewed a second batch today.

On a lighter note, His Majesty, after having treated the media gathered outside Istana Negara to Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's fast food on Monday and Tuesday, today presented them rice with ‘patin tempoyak’ (Pangasius catfish in fermented durian sauce) dish, which was specially brought from Temerloh, Pahang, for lunch.         -- MORE 




In another development, Pakatan Harapan, which now comprises PKR, DAP and Amanah following the withdrawal of Bersatu, announced at a news conference in PETALING JAYA that they had decided to nominate PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister.

Down south, all assemblymen in Johor were summoned for an audience with the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan near here, apparently in connection with current political developments in the state.

Despite all the political developments, the nation hummed along just as usual and there were no "political dramas” reported across the country.

Outside of political developments, the other highlight of today's happenings was the second airlift of Malaysian nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The AirAsia flight chartered specifically for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission initiated by the Malaysian government landed at 6.50 am. The aircraft left for Wuhan from KLIA2 at 5.58 pm yesterday.

A total of 66 individuals, including children, were brought home in the special flight, which departed from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport at 1.45 am today. 



TAG: Mahathir Mohamad, national administration, Agong, prime minister