Dr M: Demonstrations galore if PR loses GE13

Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continued today to warn Malaysians of chaos on the streets if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) loses the coming polls, heaping all the blame on his long-time arch nemesis Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly using demonstrations to get his way.

He said the opposition has already begun setting the stage for chaos, pointing to how Malaysians have been rallied by pro-PR groups to rise and reject the results of the election should Barisan Nasional (BN) retain Putrajaya.

The former prime minister said, however, that he still believes BN may recapture its much-needed two-thirds parliamentary majority “at the moment”, but, in the same breath, warned of Anwar’s tactics should this prediction prove true.

“Anwar’s preparation (for the polls) is (by holding) public demonstrations.

“Without Anwar, there are no demonstrations.

“Ever since Anwar came out (of jail), there are demonstrations,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after attending a forum on war and conflict at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

He pointed out that when Anwar, his former deputy, was still in government, the former Umno number two had been against public protests.

“But once he is out… this (demonstrations) is the instrument to put him in Putrajaya,” Dr Mahathir said.