KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today said that when he was prime minister for the first time, he had never practiced nepotism or given big posts to his family members.
“I do not want to be accused of practicing nepotism and giving preferential treatment to my family,” he said in his latest blog post, adding that his children “are free to be involved in politics. Whether they are successful or not politically, it depends on themselves.”
The former prime minister was replying to critics that accuse him of pathing the way for his son Mukhriz to become a prime minister since he named him as the second deputy prime minister if Shafie Apdal becomes the 9th prime minister.
On June 27, Dr. Mahathir announced his endorsement for Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.