97-year-old Mahathir confirms will defend Langkawi

97-year-old Mahathir confirms will defend Langkawi

Irrelevant whether incumbent MP will stand as prime minister again unless GTA wins, he says

KUALA LUMPUR – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has put to rest any speculation pertaining to his candidacy in the upcoming general election after he announced his decision to defend his Langkawi seat at the age of 97 years.

The Pejuang chairman, however, said questions over whether he will stand as prime minister again is not relevant at the moment, unless his party and new coalition Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) secure a win in the coming polls.

“We have decided that in Langkawi, the candidate will be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – not as a candidate for prime minister, but as an MP,” he said during a press conference after chairing a GTA meeting in Putrajaya today.

“We haven’t decided who will be prime minister yet, because this will only be relevant if we win the election. If we lose, then this question is irrelevant.” Mahathir won the Langkawi seat in the 2018 election after making a comeback following his previous retirement from active politics.

He went on to lead his then party Bersatu and the Pakatan (PH) coalition to a victory before being appointed as prime minister for the second time.

– The Vibes, October 11, 2022

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