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Mahathir eyes new party as Malaysia snap polls loom, son says

Mukhriz Mahathir argues Najib conviction 'doesn't benefit' PM Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is keeping all options open when it comes to his political future, including establishing a new party or joining an existing opposition group, the veteran leader's son Mukhriz Mahathir told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview.

The father, son and four other parliamentarians are currently partyless after they were fired from the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu) by its president, current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. "We do not agree with the unlawful sackings and we have challenged it in court, but we are already charting our plans in case the court does not rule in our favor," Mukhriz said.

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