Malaysiakini Special Report

Dr M has shifted from 'my way' to 'our way', says minister

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Highlights

  • Kula says Mahathir was against declaring public holidays after GE14 win
  • Mahathir brought discipline to Harapan

INTERVIEW | If Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad were to be described by a song, that song would be Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran, however, believes the 93-year-old has changed his tune since joining Pakatan Harapan, and is now doing things "our way".

"I think he has entirely moved to our way. He is willing to encompass and discuss issues," Kulasegaran told Malaysiakini during an interview last Friday.

Describing the prime minister as a "phenomenal person", the DAP minister gave various examples to support his claim of a changed Mahathir, including on how cabinet meetings go.

"He is very willing to listen. In cabinet it is not just prime minister alone making decisions.

"We all have equal rights... I didn't know that the cabinet works like that... at the end of the day its a unanimous decision," he said.

Kulasegaran also claimed that Mahathir was initially against the idea of declaring a two-day public holiday should Harapan win the May 9 general election as he wanted to start working "doubly hard" immediately to pay off debts accumulated by the BN administration.

However, Kulasegaran said, he relented after three meetings to convince him otherwise...

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