Tun M: Please don’t lose, I want to be PM again

SHAH ALAM: Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) last night admitted publicly for the first time that he aspires to be the Prime Minister once again.

Speaking to a strong crowd of over 1,200 Pakatan Harapan delegates and supporters, he urged the coalition to remain united and not go against one another to ensure victory in the coming General Election (GE).

"Please don't lose (the elections). I dream to be prime minister again. So please don't disappoint me by squabbling with each other.

"We must always help one another. If we are united, we'll be stronger," he said during the launch of Pakatan Harapan's manifesto, here, last night.

The former premier said any dream of dethroning Barisan Nasional in the GE would be impossible if the four parties in the coalition did not cooperate and went on separate ways.

He said all four parties – PKR, DAP, Amanah and PPBM – should be open to accepting that not all their wishes or hopes would be granted, including in terms of seat allocation and naming of candidates.

"Yes, I know every party has their own struggles and dreams. But at this moment, we must prioritise winning over Putrajaya. That is why we cooperate and are one coalition.

"Every party must be willing to sacrifice in order to win. Yes sometimes we feel the seat allocation is not fair, but what will determine our victory is this coalition," he said.

Also present were other Pakatan Harapan's top leadership including Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Lim Guan Eng.

Mahathir, who is Pakatan's Prime Minister candidate, also urged all Malaysian to come out in droves during voting day, saying that every vote would count in order to avoid any chances of cheating happening.

Meanwhile, the coalition's manifesto listed out 60 promises it wishes to accomplish in its first term of taking the office should it win the GE, and 10 promises within the first 100 days.

The 10 promises are:

Abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST);

Introduce a targeted petrol subsidy;

Abolish Felda settlers debts;

Introduce Employees Provision Fund for housewives;

Streamline and increase the minimum wage;

Postpone the payment of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans for those earning below RM4,000;

Set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the various national scandals;

To return the status of Sabah and Sarawak;

Introduce a "Skim Peduli Sihat" with RM500 for the B40 group to get treatment in private clinics; and
Review all mega projects in the country