“Our candidates for elections will be clean and not have been involved in any scandals or misdeeds, crimes such as stealing money. Morally also they are very correct and stick to the rule of law. And respect the system of democracy in the country,” he added.
Dr Mahathir also said that if BN wins the GE15, its first move will be to ask for a royal pardon for former prime minister Najib Razak and to drop all court charges against UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“If they win and form the government, their first objective is not the welfare (of the people) or the floods … all those things are minor. Najib must be released and pardoned, Zahid Hamidi’s charges will be dropped,” he said.
Najib is serving a 12-year jail sentence after the Federal Court upheld his conviction on Aug 23 for a 1MDB-linked corruption case, while Ahmad Zahid is now facing a separate case involving 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering.
Dr Mahathir also explained that as the Malay movement Gerakan Tanah Air has yet to be registered, all candidates will run under the Pejuang banner.
Gerakan Tanah Air was launched in August. It comprises four political parties including the National Indian Muslim Alliance Party (Iman), Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra), Parti Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa) and Pejuang. It also includes NGOs, academicians and individuals.
On Monday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob declared the Malaysian parliament dissolved in a televised address, after receiving consent from the king.
“With this announcement, the mandate is returned to the people,” he said.
“The people’s mandate is a powerful antidote for the country to achieve political stability and create a strong, stable and respected government after GE15 (15th General Election).”