Mahathir, who mentored Anwar and most of the nation’s high leaders, mentioned even with new management Malaysia would stay vulnerable to shifting political alliances, notably by the United Malays Nationwide Organisation (UMNO) former ruling celebration.
“So the scenario may be very unsure … both means, there may be going to be a scenario the place there isn’t any authorities within the nation,” Mahathir advised Reuters in an interview at his workplace in Kuala Lumpur.
Mahathir, with Anwar’s backing, steered the opposition to a historic win within the 2018 election, ending six many years of rule by UMNO with a marketing campaign in opposition to corruption.
However his administration collapsed after a bout of infighting earlier this yr, paving the best way for Muhyiddin to take the put up in March with the backing of UMNO.
Muhyiddin’s seven-month-old authorities has survived with a two-seat majority within the 222-seat parliament.
Mahathir mentioned he didn’t help Anwar or Muhyiddin.
The 94-year-old veteran politician and 5 different federal lawmakers from his new Pejuang celebration every submitted motions of no confidence in Muhyiddin’s management on Friday.
Mahathir, whose resolution to sack Anwar as his deputy throughout his first tenure as premier sparked a 20-year feud between them, dismissed his former protege’s newest declare of a parliamentary majority.
“That is the form of factor that Anwar is fond of claiming … Already thrice he has claimed to have the help that he can be the proper prime minister, solely to search out that he has no help,” Mahathir mentioned.
Anwar’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Ought to Anwar achieve securing the put up, it might be the end result of a 22-year lengthy quest, which included almost 10 years in jail on sodomy costs he denied. It might additionally imply Malaysia would have its third prime minister this yr.