Dr. Mahathir caused a stir when he made a surprise appearance at the Bersih 4.0 rally when he arrived at Dataran Merdeka today
He was accompanied by his wife, Siti Hasmah, at Dataran Merdeka at 7.30pm and were greeted by hundreds of the protesters, and was heard saying, "teruskan, teruskan" (go on, go on)
However, when asked by reporters if he agreed with the demands made by Bersih 4 organisers, Dr M simply smiled and waved to the crowd who acknowledged his presence.
Dr Siti Hasmah also told reporters: "This is people's power." His daughter Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir immediately tweeted: "love ya, dad!!"
His arrival was met with loud roars and rally goers ushering him into the main square of the Dataran. Dr Mahathir, however, made his way out at around 7.40pm in a car, with the crowd cheering and shouting "Bersih" and "Undur Najib".
When more of the crowd realised that Dr Mahathir was present, many rushed forward to greet him, creating a mini frenzy. Many called his name, others took snapshots of him with their mobile phones. Many were shouting "Don't push, Don't push."
Dr Mahathir's bodyguards had to push away reporters and the rally participants who were surging forward to shake his hand.
Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah managed to walk a short distance but left after five minutes when the crowd got bigger. He had got into a police car which drove towards Jalan Parlimen.
Meanwhile, the former Prime Minister got back to PM Najib's foot-in-mouth remark that Malays would be 'terbangsat' (bastardised) if UMNO no longer ruled the country, Malaysiakini reports
"I think if that bangsat leaves, we won't be bangsatlah," he said, to roaring laughter and applause from the crowd present at the Pasir Gudang indoor stadium today. "The one who wants to 'membangsatkan' the race is not Umno, but this person."malaysiakini.com
He added that such remarks should not have been made by anyone
"It's not Umno who is in the wrong. You are the one at fault. If you go, everything will be settled," he said.malaysiakini.com