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COMMENT | When ex-PMs become ‘interfering fools’

COMMENT | We have four living ex-prime ministers. One is in jail, another is suffering from dementia, while two others continue to be “interfering fools”.

There has to come a time when former PMs should be told straight up that when you are no longer in power, please be aware that few will actually listen to what you have to say, let alone take your instructions. Certainly, not your successor.

Let’s deal with the oldest and most controversial former PM, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, first. In all fairness, all of us have to give it to our grand old man, even if we strongly abhor some of his politics.

Just seven months ago, in February, Mahathir said that he thought he was going to die following his health scare and admission into the National Heart Institute. Last month, he founded a new political coalition and announced it was taking the plunge into the coming GE15 on its own.

What an extraordinary feat for a 97-year-old!...

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