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Mahathir Admits Failure To Convince King Over Declaration

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PUTRAJAYA – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that he failed to convince Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah to act in relation to the declaration that he initiated.

The former prime minister said that during the 70-minute meeting at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, last month, he also showed the King pictures of the declaration with signatures.

“Unfortunately, we could not get positive answers.

“During the meeting, the King also questioned me seriously on the provisions of the law and I explained. However, at the end, I could not convince him,” Dr Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, said at a media conference here today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had, on Sept 21, said that Tuanku Abdul Halim had explained to Dr Mahathir that he could not interfere in the efforts made by PPBM.

Najib said the King had taken note of the issues raised by Dr Mahathir as the declaration did not comply with the constitution, and any action to be taken should be through Parliament and the election system for the people to make a decision.

On the nine Australian men stripping down to their ‘Jalur Gemilang’ underwear at the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday, Dr Mahathir said the act was an insult to the country.

He said Malaysia’s culture was different from that of certain countries where it was “okay to be naked” in public.

On Sunday, police arrested nine Australian men aged between 25 and 29 for provocation and public indecency after they stripped down to their Malaysian Flag underwear at the F1 race circuit. – BERNAMA

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