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'I did not sack Salleh Abas' - Mahathir prepared to swear on Quran

Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he is willing to swear on the Quran that he was not responsible for the sacking of former lord president Salleh Abas that foreshadowed the constitutional crisis of 1988.

At the soft launch of the "Harapan Baru; Policy Talks" question-and-answer sessions at Putrajaya today, Mahathir reiterated that the then attorney-general had used his name to sack Salleh to save the good name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"Salleh was sacked not because of me. Unfortunately, in order to save the good name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong then, my name was used as though I had given the instruction to sack Salleh, but I didn't interfere in the matter...

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