Prime Minister and Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would have chosen Umno if it was not “ruined”. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister and Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would have chosen Umno if it was not “ruined”.

He was commenting on Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s call for him to choose either Umno or DAP to win the support of the Malays.

“If they did not ruin Umno, I would have chosen Umno.

“But, because he (Annuar) and friends had used Umno to gain money, how can I join such party?,” he said after attending the Alumni Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) convention at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia today.

Earlier, he said Pas leaders had expressed their support for his leadership.

“All I know is that Pas said they wanted to support me. Umno also said they wanted to support me. Thank you.

“I don’t know who else who do not support me. If they don’t support me, they can always pass a resolution for a vote of no-confidence against the prime minister and I will abide by the rule,” he said.

The New Straits Times had published a letter written by former defence minister and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein last month on the importance of unification, which must first be championed by political leaders.

Dr Mahathir had made the call for others to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to unite the Malays.

He had said the community was becoming fragmented as there were too many Malay-based parties, which would make electoral success more elusive.