May 19, 2022

Pejuang fields ‘non-political’ candidates, says Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: The Pejuang Tanah Air Party (Pejuang) is presenting an “apolitical” list of 42 candidates in the Johor elections, says its president, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Launching Pejuang’s manifesto titled ‘Aspirasi Johor’ yesterday, Dr Mahathir said the formation included a mix of young and old who he described as ‘nationalists’.

“A lot of them are not well-known politicians, but they are nationalists who want our nation to be well governed,” he said.

Since Pejuang would stand alone in the polls, Dr Mahathir said the party selected the number of seats to contest after careful consideration.

Among the criteria he cited was the racial demographics of a particular constituency.

“We have taken into consideration whether the seat is suitable (to be disputed). If the area is dominated by non-Malays then it would not be so appropriate,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also said Pejuang does not want to be greedy when it comes to the number of seats to be contested at the ballot box.

“We don’t want to be greedy. If we can win even half the seats, that would be enough,” he added.

When asked if he would be campaigning during the elections, Dr Mahathir said: ‘I would love to go to Johor but I can’t as my doctors can’t guarantee I won’t get infected. (by Covid-19).

“(It’s) also because of my age, because older people get more seriously ill when infected.”

Dr Mahathir, who is 97, also described his recent readmission to the National Heart Institute (IJN).

“I recovered, to my own surprise because I didn’t think I would. But I have fully recovered because I can speak and think logically,” he said.

Dr. Mahathir had previously been admitted to the IJN for an elective procedure on January 7 and discharged on January 13.

However, he was readmitted for follow-up treatment on January 20 and was later released on February 5.