Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has set aside his feelings about former foes such as PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and DAP supreme Lim Kit Siang in order to attain a bigger goal.
This, said the former premier, is to take on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak,
"In any struggle, any war, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. I have to determine my priorities, if I fight with Anwar or Lim this doesn't solve the problem,
"My feelings about Anwar and Lim are minor, so I forget about my feelings about them and I work with them in a coalition to overthrow Najib," Mahathir said last night,
He said if Najib isn't removed, those who want to fight for change can talk until their "mulut berbuih" (foam in the mouth) but they would achieve nothing.
"Najib will smile, he will sing 'Shalala lala'," Mahathir said, referring to the premier's karaoke performance with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte last month.
Mahathir in his quest to remove Najib, had become allies with Lim, and had even buried the hatchet with Anwar, turning up at court to show support to the jailed former Opposition Leader.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson was speaking a forum organised by youth group Challenger at Malaysiakini's premises in Petaling Jaya last night.
Dr M unrepentant
The forum discussed the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA), which Mahathir expressed no remorse for using when was in government.
The former premier also was unrepentant about introducing affirmative action policies to give more university scholarships to the Malays.
"We were cursed by the opposition, 'Why do you favour the Malays and give them many scholarships? This is racist'.
"But I didn't care what they said, my job was to reduce the disparity between the different races.
"If there is strong disparity between the races, believe me this country would have racial riots as we saw in 1969," he said.
Mahathir said the result of his affirmative action policies was there are now many Malay professionals and experts in various fields, negating the need to rely on foreigners.- Mkini