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Azmin is capable but not chosen, says Mahathir
Published on: Sunday, January 14, 2018

CYBERJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admits Menteri Besar Selangor Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali is a capable leader to be the next Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins the 14th General Election.

The PH chairman however said although Mohd Azmin was very capable, the latter was however not chosen by the PH leadership to the Prime Minister.

"He is very capable but not chosen . Not only capable but you must be chosen. I don't know whether I'm capable but they have chosen me," he told reporters after becoming a panelist at a Vision 2020 Forum here today.

He was commenting on a question raised on why he did not suggest other names such as Azmin to be the PH's PM candidate.

It was reported that Mahathir claimed he did not want to become the Prime Minister if PH wins the next general election but he was asked to accept the candidacy.

Asked on the comment by Karpal Singh's daughter who slammed Mahathir's candidacy which shows Opposition's lack of strategy, he said: "Everyone is entitled to an opinion but I have to respect those who supports and believe in me."

The forum, which was supposed to start at 2 pm, only began at 3.15 pm with a low turn out of nearly 300 people compared to the expected crowd of more than 1,000. The ballroom was initially full of chairs, but the secretariat then removed some of them after realising that the venue was half empty.

As soon as the forum started, the emcee had asked the secretariat to keep the entrance door opened hoping more to come but only a few came.

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