May 14, 2009

Tun Mahathir : Pakatan will win Perak snap elections

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today admitted the Pakatan Rakyat will sweep Perak if fresh elections are called but recommended the state assembly meets to decide on the mentri besar post.

"It’s not good for the world to see the musical chairs in Perak where the MB is changing because of the decision of the courts," Dr Mahathir said.

When asked if the current impasse in Perak would affect the ruling Barisan Nasional's chances in the next elections, he said: "I hope people will have short memories.

(Malaysiakini) Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Pakatan Rakyat would win a snap state election in Perak and thus he is against it being held to resolve the political impasse.

"I think the opposition... well, not the opposition... I think Pakatan is going to win. So why have an election? We already had an election," Mahathir told reporters in Cyberjaya today.

Mahathir added that in addition to the fact that the result would be a foregone conclusion, the election would also be a waste of public money.

"The voters had previously decided, but then we had some defections," he said.

He, however, welcomed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's willingness to talk with Pakatan to overcome the crisis.

Earlier today, Najib said that he was willing to meet Pakatan on the proviso that there are no pre-set conditions for the talks.

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