Dr Mahathir says he may consider becoming Malaysian Prime Minister again

Dr Mahathir reminded viewers that he had said he would not become prime minister again once he had retired in 2003.
Dr Mahathir reminded viewers that he had said he would not become prime minister again once he had retired in 2003. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he "may be forced to consider" becoming prime minister again if such a plan is proposed by his friends in the opposition.

In a live question-and-answer session hosted on his official Facebook page on Thursday (June 1), the former prime minister answered five questions, two of which related to a possible return to premiership.

Titled #HangTanyaCheDetJawab (You Ask, Che Det Answers), Dr Mahathir was asked if he would agree to taking on the role of prime minister if asked by the rakyat themselves.

"I cannot ignore my friends in Pakatan Harapan. If they have such a suggestion and it is agreed upon, then I might be forced to consider. At this time, I don't agree to be prime minister....at this time," he said.

Dr Mahathir also reminded viewers that he had said he would not become prime minister again once he had retired in 2003.

Asked about the role he would take on instead, the 91-year-old said that upon retiring, he thought his opinion would at least be sought by the ruling party on certain matters or problems.

This is because he had "lots of experience and knowledge that might be useful", having served as prime minister for 22 years.

Dr Mahathir also professed himself "ready to take part in discussions to find solutions for problems faced", if given the chance to offer his opinion after the 14th general election.

Asked what he would do to help the people and the country's economy if he was "fated to be Prime Minister again", Dr Mahathir said he had a certain approach to handling problems during his premiership.