PETALING JAYA,Feb 17: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad claims that Muhyiddin Yassin had his eyes on the finance ministry portfolio after Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya in May 2018.
Mahathir said he decided to choose DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as finance minister instead due to the latter’s experience as former Penang chief minister, and his capabilities in clearing off the state’s debts.
“Mat (Mohamad) Sabu was named defence minister, Muhyiddin was named home affairs minister and Wan Azizah (Wan Ismail) was deputy prime minister.
“We had to give him (Lim) a senior post (as a party leader). I also felt that he managed the Penang government well. We chose him because he was capable in that field although Muhyiddin wanted to be finance minister,” he said at an online interview hosted by Sinar Harian today.