Election is not a contest among individuals, says Mahathir
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia's general election is a contest among political parties, not among individuals, said the country's former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He expressed confidence that the Barisan Nasional (BN) would win the general election with a two-thirds majority, the Bernama news agency reported. He also said that the coalition had regained the support of the people, including the Chinese.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, he urged members and supporters of the ruling Barisan Nasional to vote for candidates from the coalition irrespective from which party they were from.
On whether he would take up oppisition Democratic Action Party adviser Lim Kit Siang's challenge to contest in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, Dr Mahathir said he did not want to for he had retired from politics and urged Mr Lim to follow suit.
"He should retire and make way for young people because he has been active in politics since 1964. I had given the opportunity to young people when I resigned (as prime minister) in 2003," he said, according to Bernama.