KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad explained to the nation in a televised address that he resigned because he felt there was too much politicking amid the weak economy and the virus scare.
He said politicians were too engrossed over party matters that they have sidelined interests of the nation and people.
If granted, he said he will form a government across the political divide and one that will put the country first.
The Interim Prime Minister said this as he addressed the nation for the first time since the country’s political turmoil started on Sunday.
Dr Mahathir who submitted his resignation letter as prime minister on Monday said the decision was made in the best interest of the nation.
“I already promised to resign to let the Dewan Rakyat determine my successor.
“If it is true I have the support, I will return. If not, I will accept whoever is chosen,” he said.
Based on the support he has received, Dr Mahathir said he believed that the time has not yet come for him to resign as prime minister.
“I asked to be given time but Bersatu decide to leave Pakatan Harapan (PH),” he said.
Following the departure of Bersatu from PH and subsequent events, the coalition has since collapsed.
If Bersatu supports pas and UMNO then the losers will dominate the party.
“I am not spared from making mistakes and apologise for them,” Dr Mahathir said.
“What I do today will earn the wrath of many, but what I want is for the best of Msia
“I am not trying to be liked by all, I am just trying to do something which I think is best for the country.
“I will try to form a government without leaning towards any party.”