From 14 Dec on whether he would stay beyond 2020:
Malaysian PM Mahathir again hints he could stay on beyond 202014 Dec 2019
DOHA: Malaysia's 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad again raised the prospect on Saturday (Dec 14) that he could stay in office beyond 2020, declining to give a definitive pledge to step down.
Mahathir returned to power last year after dealing a historic election defeat to the corruption-plagued coalition that he once led and which had been in power for six decades.
Mahathir led Malaysia for more than two decades before his retirement in 2003 which paved the way for the leadership of now-disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak.
"We had a vision to become a fully developed country by 2020. Unfortunately, after I stepped down, the leadership took a different course, different policies. And that caused the target not to be achieved in 2020," Mahathir said at the Doha Forum event in the Qatari capital.
"What we have settled for is we will still try, but we have moved the accomplishment date to between 2025 and 2030.
"I have promised that I would step down once I have resolved some of the major problems that have been left by the previous government. I promised that I will step down if a leadership candidate has been named by the coalition."
Anwar Ibrahim, seen as the likely successor to Mahathir, has previously said that he expects to take office by May 2020, but Mahathir has publicly contradicted him several times.
And on Thursday, Anwar was questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide, the latest such scandal to hit his career.
So when he stepped down in 2003 "we" (whoever "we" is or was) had a vision to become a fully developed country by 2020.
But, according to Mahathir, the subsequent leadership "took a different course". He's so diplomatic. He meant to say "subsequent idiots did the wrong things!"
So now he wants to... set things "right".
And by "right" he means, "his way".
And by "right" he means, "his way".
"... I would step down once I have resolved some of the major problems that have been left by the previous government"That was from 14 Dec.
And the previous govt. And the previous govt.
Assuming we define "govt" by who the PM was... the "previous, previous, previous govt" would be... led by PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
I know it takes a thief to catch a thief, and we should set a thief to catch a thief, but... should it be the same thief?
Put another way: He was PM for 22 years. And he wants to unwind the problems he took 22 years to create, in two years? And now he is hinting that it's going to take longer than he thought?
Then on 17 Dec, he pontificated on the HSR:
Mahathir says Malaysia on board for KL-Singapore HSR project, but mulling slower train speedsBy Nicole Chang
17 Dec 2019
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (Dec 17) that Malaysia is on board for the postponed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, but the speed of the trains might be adjusted to cut costs.Which drew this comment on FB:
"It will go ahead, but we will have to find out what is the most suitable speed that we should have," Dr Mahathir said in response to questions from reporters at a signing ceremony for transit-oriented project Bandar Malaysia.
"It's not necessary for it to be 400kmh, because if it travels at 400km, it might reach Alor Setar.
Would someone please explain to the venerable Dr M the concept of brakes?
Or maybe expose him to some Singapore Math: If a train travels at 400 km/hr for 45 minutes, how far would it have traveled? Or If a train travels at 400 km/hr. how long would it take for it to travel from Singapore to KL?
So basically, he is saying, "yeah, we're on board for the High Speed Rail, but... can travel more slowly or not? High speed gives me a headache. Can we have a HSR that is a NSHSR (Not So High Speed Rail)?