Anwar didn't become PM because of Azmin, Hamzah, Muhyiddin, says Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters should blame the masterminds of the 2020 Sheraton Move for the former's failure to become prime minister, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The former Langkawi member of parliament (MP) said Anwar and his supporters should not blame him for allegedly not keeping his promise to make Anwar the next prime minister.

Dr Mahathir said his decision to step down in 2020 did not cause the fall of the then-Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

He said if the PH government did not lose its majority in the Dewan Rakyat then, the federal administration could have easily named Anwar as his successor.

Therefore, he said the ones to blame are former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, caretaker international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and caretaker home minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

"The ones who brought down the PH government were Muhyiddin, Hamzah and Azmin, who pulled out many of their MPs from PH until it lost its majority and fell.

"So blame Azmin, Hamzah and Muhyiddin and their followers who were involved in the Sheraton Move, which caused Anwar to be unable to become prime minister.

"Anwar is also guilty because he caused Azmin and some PKR MPs to conspire with Muhyiddin," he wrote on his Twitter today.

Citing the recent change of prime minister in the United Kingdom, Dr Mahathir said the Westminster system provided that when a sitting prime minister steps down, the ruling party would decide on the new successor.

"Liz Truss recently did not talk to other leaders about resigning. She resigned when she felt she did not get enough support. So did I.

"The difference is, the Conservative Party is still the government even though Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss resigned. Now Rishi Sunak is the prime minister of the conservative government.

"Don't just blame me continuously."

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