Head of continuity at Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd Kamaruizam Mohd Kamal says the opposition now has a clear focus after naming Dr Mahathir Mohamad as PM candidate.

by The Malaysian Insight

WHILE having some reservations about his past leadership, many Malaysians across six cities believe that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has changed and would not be the authoritarian he was during the 22 years he was in power, if he made it to the country’s top office again.

Many said the conditions in the country had changed and it would be difficult for the former prime minister to do things the way he did when he helmed the country.

Dr Mahathir jailed opposition members without trial on security grounds in 1987 and was seen as an authoritarian figure who trampled over human rights.

Now that he is chairman of the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition, many felt his current partners would keep him in check and ensure that he toes the party line.

Dr Mahathir and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail are Pakatan Harapan’s choice for the top two positions if the opposition wins the next general election.

The announcement drew derisive reaction from the Barisan Nasional and even from some sections in PH.

The Malaysian Insight talked to Malaysians across the country and here are some of the things they said about the PH decision.

Kamaruizam Mohd Kamal said Dr Mahathir provided leadership and brought changes to the country during his time.

“The opposition now has a clear focus and people know what they are offering if we voted for them,” said the 46-year-old executive at an automotive firm.

“He brought great changes to the engineering sector and he encouraged people to study engineering and turned Malaysia into an industrialised country.”

Market surveyor Chan Hon Pin felt that Dr Mahathir is now a “responsible man with a conscience”.

“At 92 years, he still has the strength and he can right the wrongs in the country, even if he is going to be in office for a short time, until Anwar Ibrahim takes over,” said the 60-year old. – Read more TMI

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