In historic stump, Dr M urges PD voters to back former foe Anwar

10-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM Print This Post

With just days to go before polling day for the Port Dickson by-election, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tonight publicly stumped for his former political nemesis Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The historic moment was witnessed by thousands of attendees at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) ceramah here, where the prime minister expressed his joy at being present and being able to campaign for Anwar.

“I hope this victory can be given to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim so we can work, not for him, not for Tun Mahathir, not for Mat Sabu (Mohamad Sabu) or Lim Guan Eng.

“But to work for the country we love and for the people who gave us, Pakatan Harapan, a chance to govern the country,” he said during the ceramah at the Port Dickson waterfront this evening.

The occasion also marked the first time in 20 years that Dr Mahathir and Anwar have shared the same stage.

Dr Mahathir, in a light-hearted gesture, also reminded those present of his role in Anwar’s political career, hinting he was the reason behind the latter’s rise to power.

“It is true me and Anwar were not on good terms; even when he entered Umno and became a minister, it was because of me.

“But if I want to keep talking about those things and Anwar about what he has gone through, we cannot end up working together.

“Even the rest, like Mat Sabu and Lim Guan Eng, had also entered (prison), but they are willing to forget the past to work together and achieve the same objectives,” he said.

Meanwhile, when delivering his speech, Anwar took the chance to declare his adoration of Dr Mahathir, expressing how happy he felt sharing the stage with an “old friend” after 20 years.

“We went against each other in the past for a long time, then ended up working together.

“He truly is an icon who can look beyond past differences and problems to fight today for the same objectives,” said Anwar.

The PKR president-elect then also declared how he felt Dr Mahathir was the best person to govern the country after the damage that was done by the previous administration.

He claimed the Barisan Nasional government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak had spoilt the local institutions, and that Dr Mahathir was the correct person to right the wrongs.

“With all humility, I will admit I love him (Dr Mahathir) as a father and as a leader, and I now accept he is the best man to lead Malaysia,” he said.

Anwar again paid homage to Dr Mahathir, saying the love he has for the prime minister was reignited when they decided to work together in PH.

“The love I had for him has been reignited and I want to personally thank him for coming down.

“He is a hard man, where every decision is done for the betterment of the nation, and for that, I salute you sir,” said Anwar to resounding applause from the crowd.

Anwar is in a seven-cornered fight for the Port Dickson parliamentary seat in Negri Sembilan.


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