KUALA LUMPUR — Two Barisan Nasional (BN) Members of Parliament today revealed that they, along with Pas and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) wanted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stay on as prime minister during the February political crisis.
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (Umno – Arau) said Dr Mahathir had insisted on resigning, leaving BN, Pas and GPS MPs with no choice but to nominate another name.
“All of this happened because of you, Tun. It’s because of Langkawi stepping down (in February) that now we need to replace the speaker.
“Tun, we, MPs from BN, Pas and GPS were asked to support you as prime minister but you quit,” he said, to which Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim shouted, “You ran away!”
“When you quit, we were forced to nominate a new name for prime minister. You shouldn’t have resigned. You should’ve nominated another name like Port Dickson (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim), for example.
“But you quit instead. When you resigned, what other options did we have? We were forced to suggest Pagoh (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) to be the prime minister,” he said.