"Of Course I Have Fears Of Anwar Ibrahim Becoming Selangor MB"
"The staff in Selangor will not be safe, you see what happened to his staff? Anwar will be influenced by his freedom," Dr Mahathir told reporters at the International Islamic University in Gombak.themalaysianinsider.com
"Anwar will be more influenced by his freedom as the Selangor menteri besar to do whatever he likes. He thinks that as prime minister, probably he will be above the law. But you are not above the law. If you commit anything wrong, or if you are immoral, the government will take action against you."msn.com
"Wherever Anwar has fought, it was to realise his ambition of becoming prime minister. Even in Umno he was also fighting for himself. Anwar changes his colours according to the environment," Dr Mahathir said, referring to the former's speech at a church in Kajang over the weekend. He will do that in order to gain some votes, he is very adaptable.
"What is important for him is to get the votes, to win and become the Selangor menteri besar. It is an obsession with him because he wants to become the country's prime minister, that’s Anwar."msn.com
10 Jan: "For extremists like this group, we need the ISA"
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday suggested that the government bring back the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) to control the actions of the "extremist minority" which he said has undermined the country's stability.malaysiakini.com
He said the group was immature and willing to make statements that touched on the sensitivities of other races as well as disrupted harmony in the country.
"For extremists like this group, we need the ISA," he told reporters.nst.com.my
Dr Mahathir responded thus when asked to comment on the racial tension that had been stirred up following the seizure of 551 copies of the Bible in the Malay and Iban languages by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department last Thursday allegedly for contravening the state's Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.malaysiakini.com
“If the people continue to be at logger-heads, they will be like the people in other countries, and end up killing one another. This is unfair to those who are not involved in this controversy,” he said.abnxcess.com
26 Dec: "Tax Payers Cannot Suddenly Come Up With The Money To Pay New Taxes And Charges"
In a blog posting, and citing the "cost down" principle, Mahathir said when a business is faced with competition or its cost of production reduces its profits, it can either increase prices or reduce costs.malaysiakini.com
"When a business is faced with competition or its cost of production reduces its profits, it can either increase prices or reduce cost. To a certain extent the price can be increased. This might cause a reduction in sale and also profits. It is far better to reduce cost and maintain or minimise the increase in price.yahoo.com
"The same can be done by Government. All its cost can be examined to determine which are truly necessary, which cost can be reduced, which service can be curtailed or modified etc. etc," Mahathir wrote.theedgemalaysia.com
"It examines the efficiency of the process, the material costs, the reduction of wastage and the speed and volume of production. Invariably, some costs can be reduced.malaysiakini.com
"Governments need money. It cannot function without money...But as the cost of Government increase over time, the taxes and rates will need to be increased...But the tax payers cannot suddenly come up with the money to pay the new taxes and charges."theedgemalaysia.com
"We must accept that the Government needs more money with the passage of time. But should the increase be as big as the Government says. Should the taxes and rates come all at the same time?" questioned Mahathir.yahoo.com
19 Dec: We Need To Impose High Tax Rates On Car Purchases So Proton Can Survive, Says Dr. M
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has again moved to defend car prices in Malaysia, deemed as possibly the second-highest in the world, claiming that the high tax rates imposed on vehicle purchases here were necessary to recoup funds spent by the government on fuel subsidies.themalaymailonline.com
The Proton adviser also appeared to suggest that the heavy tax burden helps ensure that the national carmaker would not lose market share and money, which is needed for research and development on more fuel-saving technology, such as its work on developing electric and hybrid cars.yahoo.com
“The Malaysian government subsidises fuel prices. More cars on the road means more subsidies. To recover some of this money, the Government taxes motor vehicles including Proton. The high price of the cars is due to the taxes,” said Dr Mahathir.themalaymailonline.com
“The only way to reduce car prices is to lower or abolish taxes. The Government would lose a lot of revenue. There will be affordable electric cars when battery prices come down considerably. That will take a long time.”yahoo.com
3 Dec: "I Have An Idea [To Combat Corruption] And I Will Seek Out A Platform To Explain And Expand On The Idea"
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that corruption in Malaysia is greater now than when he was in office.yahoo.com
“One of the most important things in battling corruption is to expedite the investigation process,” Mahathir said at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.malaysia-chronicle.com
"Although the voting format has been changed, but money politics is still alive and kicking," Dr Mahathir said, declining to elaborate further.themalaysianinsider.com
He also defended democracy in Malaysia, arguing that while it was not perfect, it was still better than having people take to the streets.themalaysianinsider.com
2 Dec: “PAS Is Only A Thorn In The Flesh For The Malays"
“There has never been a possibility that PAS would lead the Federal Government,” he said in a column published in Umno mouthpiece “Utusan Malaysia” today.
The country’s longest serving prime minister said based on PAS’s performance in previous general elections, it was “obvious that PAS would not head the Government even though it partnered with DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat”.themalaysianinsider.com
“PAS can only be a junior partner if Pakatan ever forms the government and only as DAP’s puppet,” he added. “We saw what happened when PAS headed the Perak government,” he said, referring to the coalition helmed by PAS’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, but which was widely seen as a puppet to DAP.malaysia-chronicle.com
He went on to say that although PAS broke the unity among Malays in 1959 when it brought up the issue of religion, since then it had not been able to show it could replace Umno as the party that represents the Malays.themalaysianinsider.com
“Where would PAS head to next? Would PAS defeat Umno with the help of DAP? Would DAP help PAS so that it becomes huge in Pakatan and form an Islamist government?” asked Dr Mahathir.blogspot.com
“It is only those who are obsessed with PAS who will dream that the party would lead an Islamist government ruling Malaysia.”
“The rest know that PAS is only a thorn in the flesh for the Malays, the kind that would form pus, decay and end the history of Malaysia as a Malay land.”malaysia-chronicle.com
11 Nov: “Maybe Some Individuals Are Learning How To Commit Murder And Robbery From The Internet"
It is time to filter Internet content due to rampant abuse in the distribution of pornography, questionable news and slander, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.themalaysianinsider.com
“Maybe some individuals are learning how to commit murder and robbery from the Internet as some pictures and videos uploaded display extreme violence that could have affected the community,” he said.themalaymailonline.com
He said the distribution of explicit material on the Internet had contributed greatly to moral decay among youths and children and this has led to a sharp increase in sexual assaults and rapes as well as other criminal cases.themalaysianinsider.com
He said although the government had promised not to restrict Internet use at the outset, the changing situation warranted it as the spread of offensive material through the medium could also threaten national security.yahoo.com
4 Nov: "My Son Mukhriz Mahathir Is Bald Because I Keep All The Hair."
"The menteri besar is my son, his name is Mukhriz, he is bald because I keep all the hair. He is bald because he is thinking what else can be done for the people of Kedah," he said at a carnival rakyat in Sungai Limau today to support the BN campaign.yahoo.com
On Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that Umno is the reason why Malays are poor, Dr Mahathir (pic) said that Anwar was ungrateful. "He gained his wealth because his father was an Umno supporter. When he was with BN he never told me all this. When he is no longer a deputy prime minister, only then there is an issue," he added.themalaysianinsider.com
He also quashed rumours that his presence in Sungai Limau was due to Mukhriz not being able to stand on his own feet and needed his father to help him.
"If I wanted to help him, I would have helped him when I was prime minister. I forbade him when he wanted to get involved in politics before. Now I am no longer prime minister, he can stand on his own," said Dr Mahathir.themalaysianinsider.com
"I will support BN as long as I am healthy and can talk," he said.yahoo.com
29 Oct: “We Have A Govt That Is Weak Because Of Weak Support From The People."
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants the Najib government to focus “more” on the “silent majority”.
He said entertaining the demands of the extremists groups was detrimental to the country.
“We have a government that is weak because of weak support from the people, and with a tendency to accede to the demands of extremists in the opposition. He said the administration of current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is weak and feels it needs to entertain “unreasonable demands” from extremist groups, especially from the opposition, to remain relevant to the public.themalaymailonline.com
“The political situation now is unstable because the perception is that the government is weak and the lunatic fringe now hold sway over politics in the country,” he said in his keynote address at the Perdana Discourse Series 17 here.themalaymailonline.com
“The worst part is that they make extreme demands to unseat the government... the government can get rid of whatever they don’t like, but if you think that they will then say ‘thanks, we will support you now’, you are mistaken,”themalaymailonline.com
“Entertaining the demands of extremists would adversely impact the nation’s economy and put the growth of the country in jeopardy,” he said.freemalaysiatoday.com
“There are other ways to deal with extremists. One way is to understand the thinking of the moderates on the other side, and hopefully convince them that they can work together to promote more stability. “This is a clear example of politics impacting on the economy because when the government is seen as weak and entertains the demands of extremists, the growth of the country is in danger.themalaymailonline.com
"I hope the moderates in the country will prevail and are brave enough to make choices, not in their own interests but for the good of the country, for the good of politics and the good of society," he added.bernama.com.my
21 Oct: "We should not suddenly introduce a new tax at a very high level."
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said anytime is an appropriate time for GST, given that it is done in stages without panicking any tax payers.
“We should not suddenly introduce a new tax at a very high level. If it's a lower percentage, people will adopt the tax within days. But if it is very high, it will take more time”.themalaysianreserve.com
Asked on whether 6% is the right initial level for GST, he said: “I have to do detailed research and consult all the stakeholders (if I have to answer that question).”bernama.com.my
“Our deficit has increased. One way to mitigate this is to reduce the subsidy, which should also be done in stages.
But if we reduce subsidy and the government’s expenses remains high, then there is no point,” he added.32.68
10 Oct: "It is not a case of favoring Bumiputeras, but creating a society where wealth is evenly distributed among all people."
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Malaysians were becoming more racist than ever by making demands that he said could threaten the country's foundation.yahoo.com
"I read reports in the papers this morning saying that now Datuk Seri Najib is going backwards towards the day of favouring the Bumiputeras."themalaysianinsider.com
"It is not a case of favoring Bumiputeras, but creating a society where wealth is evenly distributed among all people,"themalaysianinsider.com
"If the poor is related to race, the potential for violence is much greater. We want to correct that disparity,"msn.com
"Each race has got its own extremist and they make demands which disrupt the stability of the country."malaysia-chronicle.com
"So it is better to make a little sacrifice to correct imbalances within our society so that every race can have a share from all that is going on in this country."malaysia-chronicle.com
7 Oct: "Some of them even requested that the questions during the interview, which was conducted in English, be translated into Malay"
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is concerned over the poor grasp of the English language among students as it will adversely affect their future.themalaysianinsider.com
The former prime minister said there were some from institutions of higher learning who did not master the language, resulting in them not getting a place in the employment sector.bernama.com.my
For example, he said, recently 333 graduates of institutions of higher learning were called for a job interview related to information technology. "However, only seven were recruited as the rest did not know English. "Some of them even requested that the questions during the interview, which was conducted in English, be translated into Malay," he said.malaysiakini.com
Dr Mahathir said, while he was a fighter for Bahasa Melayu since 1947, he was pragmatic as English could not be sidelined. He hoped English would be widely used in science and mathmetics for the future of the students.bernama.com.my
2 Oct: "I want to be prime minister again-lah"
After emerging at the top of a popularity survey among Umno leaders, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he should have stayed the prime minister.themalaymailonline.com
“I want to be the prime minister again-lah, but they don’t want to choose me,” he added, later admitting that he has not heard about the survey and its result.yahoo.com
2 Oct: “I only disagree with BR1M. But they wanted to give more”
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) need not to be continued in the Budget 2014 in a bid to reduce the people’s dependency on the government.freemalaysiatoday.com
“Whatever we get for free, we will not treasure it. That’s why even with much BR1M given, when the polls came, nobody supported (Barisan Nasional).”yahoo.com
“I only disagree with BR1M. But they wanted to give more,” he said. “Better if we train them with some skills, so they can earn by themselves,” he suggested.themalaymailonline.com
“That is why it should be given only to hardcore poor and those with disabilities,” he told reporters after speaking at ‘An Evening With Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’ programme here yesterday.freemalaysiatoday.com
1 Oct: "This may result in the defeat of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election"
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested that Umno delegates consider the views of individuals from outside the party when electing the Umno leadership next month.themalaysianinsider.com
"Umno members have the authority to determine who will be the leaders. As such, they should take into consideration the views of people from outside Umno.malaysiandigest.com
“If they only see the interests of Umno, there is a huge possibility that they may make the wrong choice and this may result in the defeat of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election,”themalaymailonline.com
29 Sept: “It’s a great struggle for me…but I try not to eat too much. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink”
“People always ask me how I manage to survive this long, (it lies in) simple things..not over-eating, not eating too much. It’s a great struggle for me…but I try not to eat too much. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink,”abnxcess.com
"If you can try to control the way you eat, you may be strong at the age of 88 and make a speech (like me)," Dr Mahathir said to laughter from those present at the event.nst.com.my
“To improve rankings, more emphasis should be placed on English, especially for the teaching of science and maths"
The Government should embed the policy of teaching science and mathematics in English into the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 to boost the rankings of public universities, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.thestar.com.my
“To improve rankings, more emphasis should be placed on English, especially for the teaching of science and maths. That is my stand,” Dr Mahathir.malaysiasun.com
On the ommission of teaching science and mathematics in English in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, Mahathir said he disagreed with the move. "I still insist that it is a wrong decision," he said curtly.malaysiakini.com
On whether he agreed with the blueprint's state goal of making English a must-pass subject in two years, Mahathir replied: "Yes".malaysiakini.com
"Malaysia has already become one of the largest trading nations in the world without the TPP agreement so why have it”
“If free trade was what was intended, then there is no need for an agreement as an agreement tends to bind the signatories as opposed to having greater trade.”themalaysianreserve.com
"Malaysia has already become one of the largest trading nations in the world without the TPP agreement so why have it,”themalaysianreserve.com
“Why we must sign an agreement that would give the US an opportunity to access our markets as if they were people like us. “What is it that we can export to them, fighter jets?” he asked.newsbcc.com
“All the terms of the agreement would only be beneficial to the US. The negotiations appear to be shrouded in secrecy. It should be negotiated in the open and indepth cost and benefit analysis must be duly informed to the people,” he said.newsbcc.com
"Everyday, somebody gets shot…that’s the price of freedom”
The current increase in killings on the streets using firearms, is the price for freedom that each citizen paid, noted former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.nst.com.my
“Malaysians are very nice people and they don’t like killing each other…except that nowadays, killing is a little bit more frequent where everyday, somebody gets shot…that’s the price of freedom,” he added.abnxcess.com
He said in a more liberal situation today, it was difficult for the authorities to overcome such violence and they could only take action once it happened.theborneopost.com
“Sekarang dah lemah dah... berpecah sebab politik, ini mari satu lagi pecahan dalam agama habis bergaduhlah kita”
“Kita di sini bernasib baik kerana semua berpegang kepada Ahli Sunnah wal Jamaah. Kita orang Sunni pengikut mazhab Imam Shafie.malaysiandigest.com
“Jadi sepatutnya, tak adalah perbezaan agama antara kita (umat Islam)... tak ada permusuhan. Bila masuk fahaman yang berbeza ini akan berlaku perpecahan,” katanya ketika meluangkan masa untuk membeli-belah di Pekan Rabu, semalam.sinarharian.com.my
“Sehingga kini kita pergi ke masjid yang sama, kita tidak harus berpecah. Mereka (Syiah) nak faham agama mereka begitu, mereka punya masalah tetapi jangan sampai bawa ke negara kita,”sinarharian.com.my
"Kita tidak menyoal agama mereka tetapi yang kita tahu apabila ada fahaman Sunni dan Syiah, maka selalu berlaku permusuhan sehingga berperang dan membunuh, ini boleh dilihat berlaku di beberapa buah negara seperti Pakistan serta Iran.utusan.com.my
"Jika orang Islam berpecah, mereka akan jadi lemah. Sekarang ini sudah lemah sebab perpecahan politik, datang satu lagi perpecahan maka bergaduhlah kita," katanya.malaysiandigest.com
"These people have no common sense. They are stupid but cannot be taught"
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the act of ridiculing Muslims and the month of Ramadan by blogging couple Tan Jye Yee dan Vivian Lee could affect the harmony in society.msn.com
"Saying things which can make people angry may cause them to retaliate and cause enmity. These people have no common sense. They are stupid but cannot be taught," he said.bernama.com.my
“If they cannot be put under restricted residence, maybe other actions can be taken. But I think the law does not allow their citizenships to be stripped from them,” he said when asked on a proposal that the couple be stripped of their citizenship.themalaymailonline.com
"The problem in not the law, but the people who are abusing the law"
“Sedition has been widespread ever since we abolished the ISA (Internal Security Act). If you don’t want law and a life without law, there will be a lot of problems. Everybody will take advantage of it (freedom from conviction),” Mahathir told reporters here. -freemalaysiatoday.com
“If it were me, I would want the law. That is why we have the (concept of) rule of law. If we abolish law, then there is no rule,” he added.freemalaysiatoday.com
“I am of the opinion that if we amend the Act or law until it is ineffective, then there might as well be no law. We are free to do anything we want,” he said.freemalaysiatoday.com
“If we bow to the demands of the opposition, there will be no law. Right now, they are demanding to have a rule of law, but if there’s no law, how can we have a rule of law,”themalaymailonline.com
“We used to have a courteous society where we don’t easily insult people, but now we have people easily bad-mouthing us, insulting our religion and our Prophet, but we can do nothing about it.themalaysianinsider.com
"The problem in not the law, but the people who are abusing the law," he added.themalaysianinsider.com
"Therefore, we need to settle down and understand what democracy is and tell them to trust the government"
There is a need to rewrite Malaysian history books to include problems faced in the past and steps taken by the government to solve such issues, so as to offer a better understanding of the country's history to the younger generation.themalaysianinsider.com
According to Mahathir, this move would also help Malaysia to establish a more educated society, and "thus create more vocal leaders."malaysia-chronicle.com
"We need to do a lot of things. We should also learn from the history of other countries such as why the Arab Spring occurred. Then we ask ourselves, do we want this to happen in this country?bernama.com.my
"There are some people who literally say they want to see an Arab Spring in Malaysia. They prefer to ignore stability, peace and overthrow the leaders.bernama.com.my
"Therefore, we need to settle down and understand what is democracy and tell them to trust the government," he added.themalaysianinsider.com
"When given the freedom, we thought nothing much will change but once you give them freedom, they will usually abuse it"
"When I headed the MSC, I was asked by an American woman whether we would block the Internet. I told her no, we will be very free... but now I will think twice about it," Dr Mahathir saidthemalaysianinsider.com
"When given the freedom, we thought nothing much will change but once you give them freedom, they will usually abuse it.malaysia-today.net
"Now you see the public provoking each other, such statements have made us to distance from each other," he added.themalaysianinsider.com
"I support contests but if there is a contest, Umno will pecah dua (break into two)"
Umno veteran Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also believes the top two Umno posts should be uncontested when party elections take place at the end of the year.thestar.com.my
"I support contests but if there is a contest, Umno will pecah dua (break into two)," Dr Mahathir said to reporters.thestar.com.my
Dr Mahathir, who maintains a heavy influence in Umno, said Malaysians "do not really understand democracy".thestar.com.my
“We need to be a bit tough and not give them (opposition) face”
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad has urged the government to no longer be soft towards the Opposition who continue to insult the nation’s democratic system.abnxcess.com
“We need to be a bit tough and not give them face. They must be stopped” he told reporters.themalaysianinsider.com
In his speech entitled “Transforming A Nation: The Malaysian Experience”, Dr Mahathir said proper implementation and coordination by the government benefited the people and the nation’s economy.theedgemalaysia.com
"During my time, I instructed all the ministers to go to the ground to make sure all the planning were done accordingly," said Dr Mahathir.thesundaily.my
"DAP reject the Malay/Chinese/Indian ‘kongsi'"
The demographics of those who turn up at the post-general election protest rallies nationwide is proof of “Chinese racism” in the polls, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.malaysiakini.com
“If today the schism between the races is deeper, it is because the DAP reject the Malay/Chinese/Indian ‘kongsi... Racial polarisation has become more pronounced as a result. It will become more so in the future’,”themalaysianinsider.com
"Within the country and abroad, Chinese youths wearing black shirts and masks made up most of the demonstrators. Usually Malays make up the majority of the demonstrators," he said.yahoo.com
“The protests seem to be mainly a Chinese affair,” he added. “Although DAP and PKR participated in these demos, PAS members were noticeably absent”.themalaysianinsider.com
“This pact clearly benefited the chauvinist Chinese in DAP most, while PAS, the most Malay of Pakatan parties benefitted the least, winning only 21 seats against DAP’s 38 and PKR’S 30,”malaysiakini.com
“If more proof is needed of the role of Chinese racism in the 13th GE, the demonstrations accusing the BN of fraud and cheating in the elections, despite being organised by Anwar and the PKR, are largely attended by Chinese, especially the young,”themalaysianinsider.com
"It is clearly racist and reject inter-racial sharing of power and wealth as advocated by the BN. Racial polarisation has become more pronounced as a result. It will become more so in the future," he said.yahoo.com
"Umno’s victory in the GE13 is because they (Malays) had no choice"
“We may pat ourselves on the back because Umno is still the party that won the most (seats) in the 13th general election. But this was not because Malays still support Umno.malaysia-today.net
“In fact, Umno’s victory in the GE13 is because they had no choice. They feared what would happen if Anwar Ibrahim, won together with DAP,” Mahathir said in his latest blog post.abnxcess.com
"Many Malays are angry with Umno, they see it as irrelevant and a party that must be rejected. If Umno does not clean itself from corruption and self-interest, the Malays will look for other champions."malaysiakini.com
Because Umno no longer fights for race, religion and country. Umno is seen to fight for the interests of certain people and its members only. Umno fights for positions and rank, to enrich themselves, for reward and their own pockets,” he said.abnxcess.com
“There is no need for new members because the existing members need to protect their share of the rewards. If there are too many members, more must be shared and it will be less than before,” Mahathir said.malaysia-today.net
"We have not reached the stage where we can set aside race and come under one party"
"We cannot sideline the parties that represent their communities. Although in BN there are many multiracial parties, in reality they are dominated by only one race."nst.com.my
“DAP is claimed to be a multiracial party but it is actually controlled by the Chinese. It is the same with PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) which is controlled by the Malays.freemalaysiatoday.com
“If we look at Gerakan, it is called a multiracial party but is dominated by the Chinese. So, we have not reached the stage where we can set aside race and come under one party,” he told Bernama yesterday.freemalaysiatoday.com
"For instance, there is a proposal to have only one party (for BN components) that will be open to all races. We cannot be sure yet whether such a party can function or not."nst.com.my
"Hence, it is usually the case where a party was set up as multiracial but one race dominates, so this does not make the party multiracial," he said.nst.com.my
“I think the party will support him (Najib) because of a lack of an alternative”
KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Barisan Nasional (BN) has no choice but to throw its weight behind Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who will likely survive his second term as prime minister due to a lack of alternative,…themalaysianinsider.com
“I think the party will support him because of a lack of an alternative,” the 87-year-old Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying.themalaysianinsider.com
Barisan Nasional (BN) has no choice but to throw its weight behind Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who will likely survive his second term as prime minister due to a lack of alternative, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said.themalaysianinsider.com
"I’m glad that they are doing it inside a stadium."
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the rally organised by opposition parties at the Kelana Jaya Stadium last night was because they could not accept the defeat in Sunday's 13th General Election (GE13).fz.com
“If they didn’t lose, of course they won’t protest. This is difficult, trying to pressure the government, trying to create problems. But actually, I’m glad that they are doing it inside a stadium.malaysiakini.com
“But I’m quite sure very soon, they will move from the stadium and take to the streets and cause lot of problems to business people and traders especially hawkers,” he said.abnxcess.com
“As a result, many Chinese rejected the Malay hand of friendship."
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the outcome of the 13th general election showed a "Chinese tsunami", aided by a group of power-crazy Malays.astroawani.com
"But Kit Siang came and brought his 'Malaysian Malaysia' concept aimed at creating Chinese hatred towards the Malays; that they (the Malays) purportedly gained everything after independence,"bernama.com.my
“As a result, many Chinese rejected the Malay hand of friendship."malaysiakini.com
"Now urban extends to suburban areas as well. As a result, even Selangor has become a Chinese-majority state," he said.malaysiakini.com
"[The Malays] want to gain power in whatever way. Even if they have to sell their own race to get what they want, they will do it," he said.bernama.com.my
"They think the general election is for getting positions, salary, job opportunity...but forget that it's about struggling for the people, religion and countrybernama.com.my
"If they (MCA) are not in it, who will represent the Chinese?"
"It would be a tricky thing to not have MCA leaders appointed (to the cabinet) because if there are no Chinese representatives, the situation will not be good for the government or country,"bernama.com.my
“MCA is the main (Chinese-based) party in the coalition and government, and if they are not in it, who will represent the Chinese?thestar.com.my
“Do we forget about them altogether or do we appoint someone not from MCA?” he told a press conference here yesterday.berita2u.tk
"The fact remain that some Chinese do support the government, hence why they (MCA) won seven (Parliamentary) seats," said the former Prime Minister.thestar.com.my
“That would depend on the Chinese whether they want to participate. If they want (DAP in the government), who do they want as their representatives?thestar.com.my
“I am quite sure DAP would not want to participate unless it is in a dominant position because DAP has always maintained that MCA is Umno's lackey.”berita2u.tk
“We see his performance was worse than Abdullah. This is something I myself did not expect.”
“I had hoped that this time BN would get more seats than in 2008 ... I’m quite disappointed and shocked to find out that in the end BN got less than in 2008,” Dr Mahathir told reporters.malaysiandigest.com
“We see his performance was worse than Abdullah. This is something I myself did not expect.”themalaysianinsider.com
Dr Mahathir also had said it was his personal opinion that Najib should give way to Deputy Umno president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin if BN only scores a slim majority in the elections.themalaysianinsider.com
"Work selflessly and don’t let anyone accuse you of being involved in corruption and so on"
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised his son, state Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, to serve well as Kedah mentri besar.themalaysianinsider.com
“Work selflessly and don’t let anyone accuse you of being involved in corruption and so on. Serve the state and Malaysia,” he advised his son.negarakita.com
“The BN government will step up to the task and deliver all the promises it has made to develop Kedah on par with the other states,” he saidthemalaysianinsider.com
"Lim Kit Siang is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is an extremist racist"
“The DAP is a racist and chauvinist party. Kit Siang is number one racist,” he told an indoor Umno-organised election gathering here last night.freemalaysiatoday.com
“I will say it out as vocal as possible. Lim Kit Siang is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is an extremist racist,” he told a crowd of about 3,000 adoring BN supporters.malaysia-today.net
“Why am I calling Lim Kit Siang a racist? It’s because he has gone to contest in Gelang Patah where the majority there are Chinese. There, he will persuade the Chinese to hate the Malays,” he said.malaysia-today.net
“Permatang Pauh is not owned by Anwar. It’s owned by the people of Permatang Pauh. They have the right to choose a truthful representative, not a liar,” he said.freemalaysiatoday.com
"DAP matanya buta, tak nampak bangunan pencakar langit, adakah ia milik Melayu sahaja?"
“Ini adalah tidak benar kalau DAP berkata hanya orang Melayu yang mendapat nikmat. Kaum Cina dan India tidak dapat. Ini satu fitnah."themalaysianinsider.com
"DAP matanya buta, tak nampak bangunan pencakar langit, adakah ia milik Melayu sahaja? "themalaysianinsider.com
"Kaum Cina pun ada perniagaan besar-besaran seperti Tan Sri Vincent Tan, sama juga dengan kaum India iaitu Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes yang memiliki 100 kapal terbang,"bernama.com
"BN, yang terdiri daripada kaum Melayu, Cina dan India, telah bersetuju semua kaum mendapat nikmat. Inilah BN yang memerintah negara selama 56 tahun sejak merdeka.bharian.com.my
"Negara bukan sahaja aman tetapi maju, rakyat hidup lebih selesa dan bahagia daripada dahulu," katanya.bharian.com.my
"They can come here to sell pisang goreng. It's the best training for those wanting to be the PM."
His message to Pakatan Rakyat was simple – "Forget about Putrajaya". Mahathir said instead, the Opposition should focus on improving their states, citing Kelantan as an example.thesundaily.my
"They can come here to sell pisang goreng (banana fritters). It's the best training for those wanting to be the prime minister."thesundaily.my
“They are telling the people to tukar (change), but they should tukar themselves first,” he said, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim created Pakatan because he wanted to be PMthestar.com.my
“Saya dah belikan loceng untuk Nik Aziz supaya dia boleh duduk di hadapan masjid dan lelong, pada saya masjid di sini cukup sesuai untuk dijadikan pusat beli-belah.sinarharian.com.my
"People who lie, like to lie cannot form the government."
PAS cannot implement hudud laws in the country if it cannot command a two-thirds majority in Parliament, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.themalaysianinsider.com
“PAS is only contesting 70 out of the 222 seats (in the Dewan Rakyat). DAP and PKR will not support, PAS will not get the two-thirds majority but the people don’t understand this"themalaysianinsider.com
"To set up an Islamic nation and to use hudud law, this is just bluffing, telling lies. People who lie, like to lie cannot form the government," he said.malaysiandigest.com
"When (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak) speaks, all support, Chinese, Malays, Indian, Iban and Kadazan. But when one of their leader says something, the others object."mysinchew.com
"They fight against each other, PKR contesting against PAS (in the 13th General Election), how to have cooperation, if they cannot cooperate how to form the federal government," he said.mysinchew.com
"BN is extraordinary because they cooperate...The Opposition is merely a pact."
Electing a wrong political party into power could lead to an oppressive government that is less sympathetic towards the Malays.thesundaily.my
"BN is extraordinary because they cooperate, work together and share with each other. The Opposition is merely a pact, each with its own goals and agendas.malaysiandigest.com
"One aims to only gain power, the other brought their own brand of beliefs, and the third is only interested in forwarding their race," said Mahathir.thesundaily.my
"Because of greed the people's votes split, turning a powerful majority into a weak minority."thesundaily.my
"After independence, some began to realise that politics leads to power and prestige and this is what they are after, not the betterment of the country."malaysiandigest.com
"BN has been able to administer the country well."
BN power-sharing concept among the country's various races has proven to be a winning formula in bringing economic growth, maintaining peace and stability in the country, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.themalaysianinsider.com
"Nobody can deny that this country has developed and become rich because the BN has been able to administer the country well," he said.thesundaily.my
"I hope when you vote in this coming general election, please remember that other people may make promises in their manifesto but they say the manifesto is not a promise," he said.thesundaily.my
"If the Federal Govt doesn't (keep promises), tell me."
“If the Federal Government doesn't do it, tell me. If they don't fulfil their promises, I will personally fight them,” said Dr Mahathir.thestar.com.my
Dr Mahathir also called for the sacking of Barisan members who contested as Independents, adding that they were impatient to become candidates.thestar.com.my
“Isn't it something of a loss when you are sacked? If we are patient, wait a while, maybe we can be a candidate again but when you are sacked, you can't be a candidate,” he said.thestar.com.my
"We need to decide which party wins. BN needs to win."
“A year ago, even six months ago, I was less confident. But now, I find that people’s reception to Najib’s visits, including from the Chinese, is far better than in the 2008 general election."themalaysianinsider.com
“That’s why people say that there is a shift of support to BN and with this, I’m confident that BN will score a better victory than in 2008. There’s also the possibility of getting two-thirdsthemalaysianinsider.com
“However, I believe that the election this time is more about the party, and not the candidate. We need to decide which party wins. BN needs to win."themalaysianinsider.com
“For Sabah and Sarawak, I see that we can win, but maybe we can’t get the same victory like in 2008,” referring to east Malaysia that has always been considered BN’s “fixed deposit”.malaysiandigest.com
“If we have more individuals like Ibrahim Ali, Malaysia will be safe."
“I hope BN will give Ibrahim Ali a spot. If he is made a candidate, I will go to Pasir Mas to campaign,”malaysiandigest.com
“If we have more individuals like Ibrahim Ali, Malaysia will be safe.”malaysiandigest.com
On Ibrahim Ali's bible burning controversy: “So his view is that if this Bible is illegal in terms of policy, he chose to opt for the common method of burning them,”themalaysianinsider.com
“So I don’t think that he (Ibrahim) had any intention to insult the kitab injil... it was not his intention.”themalaysianinsider.com
Opposition's manifesto is "filled with delusions"
"People like that if [Anwar] becomes the PM, even the office boy he will take, die lah”
" [Anwar sex tape] YouTube video... I haven’t watched but people talk. People like that if become the PM, even the office boy he will take, die lah”yahoo.com
“They can win if people like but if people don’t like them it isn’t the government’s fault,”yahoo.com
"Want to change the government, or choose a government is not hard. But we must be smart in voting, don’t choose mad people to be PM."themalaysianinsider.com
"Johoreans must crush [Lim Kit Siang] to the end... to ensure it is his last day in politics"
“Now Lim Kit Siang wants to come to Johor as it’s easy for him to win anytime he wants. Johoreans must crush him to the end... to ensure it is his last day in politics."themalaysianinsider.com
“Nauzubillah (God forbid), if he becomes PM, he will sell our country. This is the man who apparently agreed that Israel has a right to self defence.”themalaysianinsider.com
“He has been around for a long time, wants to bring change but he should change himself. He has been a leader since I was an MP. BN has changed a few times but he hasn’t moved.yahoo.com
"If I was the prime minister, I would have called for elections last year"
"I don't have a (UMNO president) candidate in mind"
Tun Dr Mahathir said today he would prefer to avoid a scenario where Prime Minister Najib Razak would be unseated by his party Umno should he fail to garner a stronger mandate in Election 2013.yahoo.com
He said he had no suitable replacement in mind for the current Umno president if the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is unsuccessful in forming two-thirds in Parliament.yahoo.com
“I don’t have a candidate in mind. What I said was only theoretical. Of course I don’t want that to happen,”yahoo.com
“Of course, if he does not perform, there will be some necessity to switch horses,” the 87-year-old was quoted as saying.yahoo.com
Things you need to know about Dr M
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is Malaysia's longest serving Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003 (22 years).msa-foundation.org
In 1981, he was appointed as president of UMNO. Under his leadership, BN won landslide victories in the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1995 and 1999 General Elections.msa-foundation.org
He remains an active political figure in his retirement, having become a strident critic of his handpicked successor, Abdullah Badawi, and actively supporting Abdullah's replacement by Najib Razak.wikipedia.org
Mahathir resigned from UMNO in 2008 when it lost under Abdullah's regime. Mahathir immediately rejoined UMNO when Najib Tun Razak replaced Abdullah in 2009.wikipedia.org
Upon his retirement, Mahathir became an adviser to flagship Malaysian companies, such as Proton and the oil company Petronas.wikipedia.org