PUTRAJAYA - Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says sacking Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was different from the manner in which Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was removed by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I didn't sack my deputy because he didn't support me. Even Tun Musa Hitam resigned voluntarily. I didn't ask him to quit.
"I sacked Anwar because he had done something unacceptable," he told a press conference after launching the book "Mahathir Bukan Kawan Saya" (Mahathir is Not My Friend) here on Saturday.
Dr Mahathir added that Muhyiddin must have committed a "huge crime" that warranted his removal.
"I think Muhyiddin had committed a huge crime, so he must be removed. All those who commit crimes need to be removed.
"We wouldn't want criminals to rule the country," he said in a sarcastic manner.
Dr Mahathir said this when asked whether Najib's move to drop Muhyiddin from the Cabinet was similar to what he had done to Anwar in 1998.
Meanwhile, the former premier said he would need to think long and hard whether to continue writing about 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
"I don't know … I have to think about it because it is a serious matter. I would not like to commit a crime," he said.
He added that it was unlikely that he would be imprisoned, but could likely be called up by police to explain himself.