Tun Mahathir is really on the loose now. Is he the senile retired Prime Minister or he really has a greater interest and love for the country?
Looking at the amount of supports that he received today at Subang Airport upon his return from overseas trip, one might start to wonder.
Saturday, July, 22, 2006. Mahathir on Saturday vowed to carry on a fight against the government he calls incompetent and gutless, as he accused his successor of running scared. (AP Photo/Kiat)
Excerpt from AFP News
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed to continue his campaign against his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saying that Malaysia was losing its self-respect.
"This is a free country. Anyone can say anything. What is that you (the government) want to hide?" Mahathir, 81, told a crowd of some 600 noisy supporters after returning home from a two-week holiday in London and Turkey.
"This is a transparent government. Anyone can say anything. If I want to speak, I will speak," he said after landing in a private jet at a military airport in Kuala Lumpur.
The supporters, many of them members of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), carried banners reading "Mahathir Save Malaysia," and "Wipe out the traitors of religion, race and the country".
Abdullah is the president of UMNO, the largest and most powerful political party in Malaysia with some 3.0 million members.
Excerpt from MalaysiaKini
I didn’t think that one day I will get such a reception [crowd claps and cheers wildly]. But when I was prime minister, there were more people (to receive me) [crowd laughs].
Now, I am not allowed to meet people. What are they so afraid of? [crowd shouts: ‘not scared, not scared’]. Why are they scared of me? It’s not that I can do anything [crowd: laughs].
When I stepped down (as PM), I didn’t getting any more praises. Back then, it was not just praises, but also the display of great admiration. Now, I wanted to speak to some people in England - cannot. I wanted to speak to former elected representatives in Kelantan, even that was banned
Meanwhile the former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar warns opposition parties for courting the 'authoritarian' Mahathir (source)
Some news agencies even quoted Anwar stating that Tun Mahathir is pushing to re-take Malaysia's leadership. (source)
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